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Robotics and Automation Technology

Robotics and Automation Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Technical and Professional Studies

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Non-transferable

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Why choose Robotics and Automation Technology at PPSC?

The Robotics and Automation Industry has transformed the world. Individuals with the skills and knowledge to build and maintain the electronic circuits that drive high-tech devices, and operate robotic and automation equipment, are in high demand. Graduates will be qualified to work in automation and control systems, measurement, instrumentation, control systems automation and robotics environments in every industry sector including communications, manufacturing and medical.
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Career Options

Robotics and Automation are constantly evolving and so is our dependence on them. Robotics and Automation technology graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities to choose from, including:
  • Electronics Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Assembler
  • Electronics Engineering Technologist
  • Consumer Electronic Repair Technician
  • Mechatronic Technician

Topics Covered and Classes You Might Take

This degree program prepares you with technical job entry skills for entry-level technicians careers in the robotics and automation field. Graduates become qualified to work in electronic automation and in control systems environments. Things you will learn include:

  • Electro mechanics
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical theory DC/AC
  • Electrical circuits and wiring
  • Computer aided design
  • Robotic systems and configuration
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
  • Industrial Ethernet and Fiber Optic LANS
  • Digital Devices
  • Computer Aided Drafting 2D
class 1

Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields. Covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, and diodes. Emphasizes the use of common test instruments in troubleshooting.

class 2

Focuses on the printed circuit board and how to repair, modify and reword broken or defective printed circuit boards.

class 4

Introduces the architecture, hardware, programming languages, and input/output capabilities of microcontrollers. The course develops the skills necessary to write and debug code, program the microcontroller, acquire and analyze sensor data, and use that data to control actuators.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Follow safety policies and/or procedures according to industry standards
  • Perform troubleshooting techniques
  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate technical material
  • Apply understanding of electrical circuits in DC and AC circuits
  • Define an industrial robot
  • Recognize robot degrees of freedom
  • List the main components of an industrial robot
  • Identify the two major categories of robot programming
  • Define point-to-point control
  • Understand and interpret learned information
  • Identify robot configurations
  • Identify factors which should be considered when selecting an industrial robot
  • Identify types of actuators
  • Identify different types of motion instructions
  • Identify the most common functions performed by inspection robots
  • Put ideas and concepts to work in solving problems
  • Describe characteristics of a continuous path robot
  • Differentiate between servo and non-servo control systems
  • Differentiate between manual and automatic programming
  • Differentiate between robot handling and assembly
  • Design appropriate robotic workcells for different manufacturing processes
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1st semester plan

math & english requirements

1st semester plan

Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with a Faculty Advisor.

Course & Credit Hours

CSC 1005 Computer Literacy (3)

ELT 1206 - Fundamentals of DC/AC (4)

ELT 1246 - Digital Devices in Computers (3)

ELT 1004 - Electronic Assembly (3)

MAT 1140 - Career Math (3)

Total Credits: 16


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