About the Program

With recent advances in computer hardware and software, as well as 3D printing, the field of robotics is entering a new phase where robots are smaller, faster, cheaper, and smarter. These next generation robots will have applications in a wide variety of fields, including manufacturing, medicine, education, entertainment, military applications, etc

The interdisciplinary nature of robotics engineering will also help to provide a platform for faculty from diverse backgrounds (electrical, computer, mechanical, automotive, and robotics) to collaborate on cutting-edge research projects. The need for this type of technical and multidisciplinary workforce is critical for attracting and helping to grow industries in Southeastern Michigan. In fact, it is expected that BSE RE graduates will be prepared for a broad range of post-graduate experiences, including the development of startup companies in robotics engineering, to satisfy local, state, and national demand.

Curriculum Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 125 curriculum hours and receive a bachelor of science in engineering (BSE) degree in robotics engineering. Requirements are available to download (PDF).

Please note that beginning in Fall 2015, all freshmen must follow the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) requirements. 

Employment Opportunities

Nationally, the starting salaries recently reported by new graduates with a BSE in robotics engineering average in the $55,000 to $65,000 range. Robotics engineers follow careers in design, development, manufacturing, technical sales, administration, and research in any field where electrical/ electronic devices are used, such as the aerospace, automotive, communications, consumer electronics, computer, electrical power generation, industrial controls, and scientific instrumentation industries.

Recent UM-Dearborn graduates with a BSE in electrical engineering with a focus on robotic systems have found professional employment in such companies as AT&T, DTE Energy, Ford, General Dynamics, General Electric, Harman Becker, Lockheed Martin, Masco, Motorola, NASA, N.S.A., Ricardo Industries, US Steel, Visteon, and Xilinx.