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Automation Robotics program overview

Automated technology in today’s workplace calls for individuals who are highly skilled in the field of Mechatronics.  Mechatronics Technicians are trained in the fields of Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers, Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems, Motor Controls, and Pneumatic Systems.  A common trait in manufacturing is the need for Mechatronics technicians who have knowledge and hands-on experience in all of these areas to be a multi-skill technician.   With training in Automation Robotics Engineering Technology at Hennepin Technical College, you will be ready to apply your skills in designing, building, installing, and troubleshooting automated electro-mechanical machinery systems for packaging, supply chains and other manufacturing applications.  Whether it is diagnosing and quickly solving problems so production flow is maintained or assisting engineers in the development and modification of new and existing designs, you will be prepared for a career that is set to grow as technology advances.  Graduates are eligible to pursue baccalaureate programs in manufacturing and engineering technology.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day or Evening
  • Semester: Fall Semester or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus
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Skills required

The ARET Program does not have any prerequisites other than the regular Admissions process.

job Outlook

Automated packaging machine mechanics and technicians are in high demand; surveys indicate even a greater demand as technologies advance. Before reaching the consumer, almost every product is packaged and packed in several forms. Automation in the manufacturing industry is a high opportunity field. This is a Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) approved program. According to, this industry currently is expecting an 8% growth rate. Graduates of this program have had a 100% job placement rate since its inception in 1973 as the Nation's original Packaging Technician Program.

Possible job titles include: Engineering Technicians, Industrial Engineers, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Manufacturing Engineering Technologists and Manufacturing Production Technicians.

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Awards and Certifications 


The ARET program has an active advisory committee. The purpose of advisory committees is to promote partnerships between career and technical education, business, labor, and the communities they serve. Advisory committee members provide input on program structure, curriculum, technology, and student preparation.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

Every year, PMMI’s Education and Training Foundation supports packaging industry education in a number of ways. In addition to connecting partner schools with machinery donors, providing events that support industry education at the PACK EXPO trade shows and providing a hiring forum for graduating student at the Career Center at PMMI supplies scholarship funds to packaging schools and PMMI members who continue their education.  “These students are the future of the packaging industry,” said Charles D. Yuska, President and CEO, PMMI. “I can't think of any better investment for our association than an investment in tomorrow’s packaging leaders.”


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Last updated by Dina.Rogalla : 2020-06-29 12:00:52