SJR State introduces robotics and simulation program

robotics students

St. Johns River State College has introduced a new program designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level robotics technicians. Robotics and Simulation Technology is a college credit certificate program created to provide students with skills in the areas of electronics and manufacturing, with content including robotic applications, modeling and simulation, and virtual reality environments.

According to SJR State Professor John Etienne, the addition of each IT program provides flexibility for the College to address current and future industry needs. “Programs such as robotics provide students with the skill sets to enter a growing industry. Smart Robots applications are found in healthcare, automotive, e-commerce, entertainment, or elderly assistance, almost everywhere.”

Etienne joins the College this semester as SJR State’s new director of computer education. His extensive experience includes 15 years of teaching at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Atlanta, as well as working in the industry as a networking engineer.

With technology redefining the perception of manufacturing skills, SJR State computer science student Christopher Jordan said the new skill sets that are emerging will prepare the workforce for the way manufacturing positions are transitioning to robotics - anything from cars to spacewalks.

“It’s all mechanical,” Jordan said. “Someone has to tell the machines what to do. If you look at a video of cars being manipulated, it’s by a robotic arm of some kind.”
Upon completion of the program, students will earn a college credit certificate. The program is an intermediate step toward an Associate in Science degree in Computer Programming and Analysis.

Additional programs also recently introduced at SJR State include Geographic Information Systems and Digital Forensics. For more information regarding computer science programs at SJR State, call 386-312-4183, or visit the website at



Susan Kessler
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