Engineering Technology

Robotics and Automation Technology Concentration

The Engineering Technology (ET) concentration in Robotics and Automation (ET-ROBT) will provide engineering students with a pathway to develop industry-relevant skills in robotics, automation, and in their underlying technologies and analytic approaches.

New trends in industry, science, and technology are developing and require new engineers to understand how to integrate robotics, automation, and effective human-machine teaming for manufacturing and critical services such as healthcare and infrastructure inspection. Such trends include the digital engineering revolution encompassing autonomous cars and drones, the Internet of Things, 5G mobile communications, digital design, and advanced manufacturing.

The core ET-ROBT curriculum combines courses and experiences that provide a strong foundation in the disciplines that comprise robotics and automation. This includes kinematics and design, electronics and instrumentation, fluid power and energy, manufacturing, materials, programming, and control. The ET-ROBT concentration builds on this foundation and provides depth in industrial robotics and mechatronics, automated manufacturing, system dynamics, digital electronics, and signal processing. Students will get knowledge and be trained to support the integration and use of robotics in the industry and society.

Potential career paths include advanced manufacturing and assembly, medical robotics, construction and infrastructure inspection, bio-robotics, knitted robotics for treatment of medical conditions, and robotics for entertainment.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Gerry Willis at gtm23@drexel.edu or 215-895-6253.

Degree Requirements

Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
General Educational Electives9.0
Basic Science Requirements
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
PHYS 152Introductory Physics I4.0
PHYS 153Introductory Physics II4.0
PHYS 154Introductory Physics III4.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 110Precalculus3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Engineering Technology Core
EET 102Introduction to Engineering Technology3.0
EET 201Circuit Analysis I4.0
EET 202Circuit Analysis II4.0
EET 204Introduction to Nanotechnology3.0
EET 205Digital Electronics 4.0
EET 208Introduction to Programming for Embedded Systems3.0
EET 209Fundamentals of Virtual Instrumentation3.0
EET 311Modeling of Engineering Systems4.0
EET 319PLC Fundamentals4.0
EET 320Renewable Energy Systems3.0
EET 333 [WI] Non-Destructive Evaluation of Materials4.0
EET 401Applied Microcontrollers4.0
INDE 240Technology Economics3.0
INDE 370Industrial Project Management3.0
MET 100Graphical Communication3.0
MET 101Engineering Materials3.0
MET 204Applied Quality Control3.0
MET 205Robotics and Mechatronics3.0
MET 209Fluid Power4.0
MET 213Applied Mechanics4.0
MHT 205Thermodynamics I3.0
MHT 226Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation3.0
Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology Concentration Requirements
CET 301Advanced Digital Electronics4.0
EET 313Signals and Systems I4.0
INDE 350Industrial Engineering Simulation3.0
MET 310Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics3.0
MET 316Computer Numerical Control3.0
MET 404Digital Instrumentation3.0
MHT 222Applied Dynamics I4.0
MHT 401Mechanical Design I4.0
ROBT Technical Electives *6.0
Capstone Course Requirements
MET 421 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
MET 422Senior Design Project II3.0
MET 423 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
Miscellaneous
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free Electives 7.0
Total Credits186.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1013.5CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0VACATION
EET 1023.0EET 2083.0EET 2093.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1103.0MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0 
PHYS 1524.0MET 1003.0MET 1013.0 
UNIV E1011.0PHYS 1534.0PHYS 1544.0 
 17.5 18 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EET 2014.0EET 2024.0COM 2303.0EET 3203.0
EET 3334.0EET 2043.0EET 3114.0EET 4014.0
MET 2094.0EET 2054.0EET 3194.0INDE 2403.0
STAT 2014.0MET 2053.0MET 2134.0MET 2043.0
 MHT 2053.0 MHT 2263.0
 16 17 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MET 3103.0CET 3014.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MET 3163.0EET 3134.0  
MET 4043.0INDE 3703.0  
MHT 2224.0MHT 4014.0  
PHIL 3153.0   
 16 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
HIST 2854.0MET 4223.0MET 4233.0 
MET 4213.0INDE 3503.0Free elective4.0 
General Education elective3.0General Education elective3.0General Education elective3.0 
Free elective3.0Technical elective3.0Technical elective3.0 
 13 12 13 
Total Credits 186.5

 5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1013.5CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
EET 1023.0EET 2083.0EET 2093.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1103.0MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0 
PHYS 1524.0MET 1003.0MET 1013.0 
UNIV E1011.0PHYS 1534.0PHYS 1544.0 
 17.5 18 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EET 2014.0EET 2024.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
EET 3334.0EET 2043.0  
MET 2094.0EET 2054.0  
STAT 2014.0MET 2053.0  
 MHT 2053.0  
 16 17 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2303.0EET 3203.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
EET 3114.0EET 4014.0  
EET 3194.0INDE 2403.0  
MET 2134.0MET 2043.0  
 MHT 2263.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MET 3103.0CET 3014.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MET 3163.0EET 3134.0  
MET 4043.0INDE 3703.0  
MHT 2224.0MHT 4014.0  
PHIL 3153.0   
 16 15 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
HIST 2854.0MET 4223.0MET 4233.0 
MET 4213.0INDE 3503.0Free elective4.0 
General Education elective3.0General Education elective3.0General Education elective3.0 
Free elective3.0Technical elective3.0Technical elective3.0 
 13 12 13 
Total Credits 186.5
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