Programs: Principles of Robotics (221-733-02)
Award: Career Studies Certificate

Program Purpose:

The Principles of Robotics program is designed to provide students with an entry-level knowledge of robotics, programming, problem solving, and the principles of technology.  

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Explain the purpose and function of input/output assemblies, the central processor unit, the power supply, and programming device.
  • Create, design, and troubleshoot a variety of robotic programs.
  • Utilize a variety of test instruments to measure voltage, resistance, fluid viscosity, mass, temperature, pressure, and density.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to solve technological problems.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in two semesters.

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to work in entry-level field as robot operators, robotics service technicians, or machine operators.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2021, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Electro-Mechanical Technicians was 98.  There is projected annual demand/need for 9 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Electro-Mechanical Technicians, July 2021).   

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2020 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Electro-Mechanical Technicians




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, July 2021)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.