The Automation and Robotics option prepares students for design, interface, installation, and troubleshooting of industrial automation systems. Emphasis is on electronics, electrical controls, motors, programmable logic controllers, servo systems, robotics, hydraulics and pneumatics, and mechanical systems. Students will integrate electronics and electrical controls with mechanical systems and programmable controllers and explore alternative trade-offs in the process of problem-solving and troubleshooting.
Graduates of this program can function as industrial controls technicians and engineers, electronics installation and repair specialists, automation specialists, maintenance systems technicians, PLC programmers, robotics technicians, and applications engineers. A person must have a comprehensive understanding of electronics, electrical controls, motors, PLC programming, hydraulics and pneumatics and mechanical systems to work at this level in business and industry.
The student will:
- Demonstrate proficiency with electrical and electronic components and circuits;
- Demonstrate applications of electronics and electrical components to industrial controls design;
- Develop controls design techniques using the latest technology;
- Demonstrate application of accepted industry safety practices;
- Demonstrate problem solving skills and troubleshooting techniques in electrical controls;
- Demonstrate written and oral communication skills;
- Explain ethical considerations involved in controls design;
- Apply effective interpersonal and teamwork skills.