Automation and Robotics Foundations


Automation and Robotics Foundations education typically covers the principles, theories and applications of automation and robotics technologies in various industries. It includes topics such as:

  1. Mechatronic Systems
  2. Electronics
  3. Industrial Automation and Control Systems
  4. Introduction to Robotics
  5. Robotics Safety and Ethics

The goal of this education is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the design, implementation, and control of automated systems and robots, and prepare them for careers in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, and more.

Having an Automation and Robotics Foundation certificate can be beneficial for individuals seeking employment in the field of automation and robotics, as it demonstrates their competence and commitment to the field. It can also be a stepping stone for pursuing further education and certification in more specialized areas of automation and robotics.

Location: Albert Lea and Owatonna
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: One Semester
Faculty: Kim Nelson | 507-379-3335 |

Required Courses
ARET1126 Mechanical Power Transmission 3 CR
ARET1161 Mechatronic Systems 3 CR
ARET1175 Industrial Electricity and Electronics I 3 CR
ARET1200 Introduction to Robotics 2 CR
IMMR1705 Safety and OSHA 2 CR
MATH1020 Technical Math 2 CR
CCLS1000 First Year Experience 1 CR

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Automation and Robotics Foundations program page at