Navigating the Future: Robotics and Automation Education in North Dakota

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28 Mar 2024

In the heart of North Dakota, a wave of innovation is sweeping through classrooms and industries, heralding the dawn of a new era in manufacturing. Robotics and automation, once the realm of science fiction, are now indispensable tools driving efficiency and progress. As the demand for skilled workers in these fields continues to rise, industry and education experts are championing the cause of preparing students for the exciting world of advanced manufacturing.

Why Robotics and Automation Matter for Students

The demand for skilled workers with automation training and certifications is skyrocketing. This event emphasized the critical need to equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in the high-wage automation careers that are driving the future of manufacturing.

Empowering the Next Generation

On March 21, at Bismarck State College, a groundbreaking event unfolded, and it was presented jointly with FANUC, the global leader in CNC systems, robotics, and ROBOMACHINEs. Under the theme of "Aligning Skills Between Industry & Education," the event provided a platform to explore the symbiotic relationship between academia and industry in shaping the future workforce.

"At FANUC America Corporation - CERT Education Group, we recognize the vital role of education in preparing students for careers in robotics and CNC technologies," says Cibelly Abrol, an organization representative. "Employers are looking for a well-trained workforce. The only way to achieve this goal is by building a strong partnership with local education. Once there is open communication between industry and education, all students are being set for success, and industry can rely on the upcoming workforce."

The pressing need for skilled professionals trained in automation was at the heart of the discussion. With industries across North Dakota embracing automated systems to enhance productivity and competitiveness, the demand for qualified talent has reached 
unprecedented levels. Through partnerships with educational institutions like Bismarck State College, students have the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in this dynamic landscape.

"One of the biggest challenges beyond connecting industry and education is making sure the future workforce can find careers locally," continues Abrol. "Many people move out of their local community due to job opportunities. If the local education and industry are well connected, the students will have career pathway options when they leave their high school/community colleges/technical centers or universities."

Industry-Education Collaboration: A Path to Success

Bismarck State College stands at the forefront of this movement, offering cutting-edge programs in industrial robotics and automation education. Through hands-on training and immersive learning experiences, students gain technical expertise and develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities essential for success in the field.

The event catalyzed collaboration, bringing together business and education leaders to address the challenges and opportunities presented by automation. From funding initiatives to educational programs, stakeholders explored innovative solutions to bridge the gap between workforce needs and available talent.

One of the event's highlights was the opportunity for employers and schools to leverage world-class robotics and CNC technologies. By integrating these tools into educational curricula, students gain practical, real-world experience, preparing them for high-wage, high-demand careers in automation.

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

Industry and education experts shared insights into the evolving manufacturing landscape and the skills required to thrive in this rapidly changing environment. From robotics programming to maintenance and troubleshooting, students were given a glimpse into the diverse career pathways available in automation.

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) offers an exemplary program in Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Technology, providing students with invaluable hands-on training in emerging technical systems. Whether you're fascinated by robotics, automation, or mechatronics, this program equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's rapidly evolving industries. If you're a prospective student eager to explore this exciting field, NDSCS offers various opportunities to visit the campus and learn more about the program. You can schedule a visit through  or register for a SEE NDSCS Day to experience firsthand what the program offers. For school counselors or instructors interested in organizing group visits, NDSCS provides Program Visit Days tailored to showcase the Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics program. With NDSCS, you're not just learning about robotics – you're actively shaping your future in automation and technology.

A Call to Action: Shaping the Future Together

The Bismarck College event was for more than just higher education. It was open to K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, and employers across the state. By working together, we can ensure North Dakota's future workforce is equipped with the skills needed to excel in the exciting world of Robotics and Automation.

"As Forward Devils Lake EDC is committed to supporting the growth and development of the manufacturing industry in North Dakota, we have to keep engaging and keep the communication open," Abrol emphasizes. “Listening to what industry needs and what education can offer is the key to success.”

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