Robotics & Automation

“My passion is to make people’s jobs easier and lives better.” —Travis Oksendahl, Dynamic Group

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What do robotics and automation specialists do?

Use your skills in math and engineering to design, build or improve how things are made—from small parts to large pieces of machinery. Run, inspect, install and maintain autonomous and semi-autonomous machines.

Work with robots to assemble parts or keep machines running. Apply your knowledge of mechanics, design, production, computers and electronics as you work with power tools, precision measuring instruments and electrical and electronic testing devices.

Upsides & Downsides: Facts you should know

People in Workforce

High demand

Companies are seeking trained robotics and automation specialists.


Cool factor

Your friends and family will be fascinated by your work.


A good living

Robotics and automation specialists in Minnesota make a median wage of $53,340 a year.

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Strong placement

86% of students with degrees in robotics and automation are hired within 6 months of graduation.

Graduation Cap

A growing field

647 students graduate each year with degrees in robotics and automation.

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Safety first

Attention to detail and safety needed when working with mechanical systems, stored energy and industrial lasers.

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  • Applications programmer
  • Electrical controls engineer
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Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.

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