New! Robotics and Automation

Robotics and automation

Due to the growth of robotics and automation in manufacturing, healthcare, biopharmaceutical, defense, and other industries, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has launched a new Robotics and Automation Track within the Electronics Engineering Technology program. Robotics and automated machines are excellent for performing tasks that are difficult, dangerous, or monotonous for humans to perform.

Robotics is a growing multi-billion dollar industry supporting just about every field of the economy such as agriculture, healthcare, biotech, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, automotive, appliance, consumer products, defense, energy, food packaging, mining, and more! Robotic systems produce efficiencies and cost reductions that are allowing businesses to bring back operations to America that were moved overseas in the past due to labor cost issues. 

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What you will learn

Electronics Engineering Technology

Students learn the basics of electricity and electronics including ohm’s law, parallel circuits, as well as basic programming using C++ and simple devices. You will investigate how electro-magnetism is used to create devices like solenoids, relays, and transformers. You will learn how to use power supplies, oscillators, Digital Multimeters (DMM’s), LCR meters, and oscilloscopes. You will develop lab skills like breadboarding, circuit simulation, soldering, documentation, and schematics.

Robotics and Automation Track

  • Different types of motors and sensors

  • Networking computers and devices

  • Industrial control hardware and software

  • Ladder logic which is a symbolic display of automated processes

Job Outlook


  • 59% of companies are currently using some form of robotics technology.

  • By 2018, around 1.3 million industrial robots will be entering service in factories around the world.

  • The median salary for robotics technicians in the U.S. in 2014 was $55,000 per year (U.S. Dept. of Labor).

  • In the automotive sector, global investments in industrial robots increased by a record-breaking 43% in 2014.

Career Pathways

Industrial Automation

  • Robotics Service/Installation Engineer

  • Automation Technician

  • Controls Technician

  • Process & Systems Technician

  • Field Service Technician/Engineer

Sources: International Federation of Robotics, 2015 World Robot StatisticsPwC: How a new generation of robotics is transforming manufacturing

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