TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The class subject is fascinating: Remote control robotics. There's also high demand for experts in the field.
Thus Northwestern Michigan College is looking for 50 or so students to sign up for slots in a new associate degree program that will lead to employment opportunities in computerized robotics.
Keith Kelly, who teaches students how to program and control robots, said the college has set its sights on becoming a nationally recognized unmanned systems center to complement its internationally-recognized underwater marine robotics program.
Kelley said new applications for robots are constantly being developed. For example, he added, the Federal Aviation Administration is considering approval of drone technology for civilian applications such as locating wildfires, assisting in search and rescue missions and crop inspections.
Salaries in the computerized robotics field start at $60,000 and reach $100,000 or more within a few years, according to Kelly.
Details for this story were provided by The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.