Robotics & Automation Technology

  • Instructors Alan Blackburn | Chuck Stricker CIP Code 15.0403 | West Campus


    Students will earn an OSHA Safety certification as part of the Level I curriculum. This industry certification is highly recognized in the field and is portable. Some of the topics in the Level I and Level II curricula include: electrical systems, including power supplies, switches, resistors, capacitors, inductors, motors, transformers, solenoids, fuses, circuit breakers and rheostats. Students will combine electric motors, electro-pneumatic, and electro-hydraulic control components with relays, timers, and counters to create logic and sequential control circuits.

    Students will construct and evaluate mechanical systems based on calculated speed, torque, power, pitch, ratios, and mechanical efficiencies. Also, students will install, maintain, and troubleshoot V-belt drive systems, chain drive systems, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. A variety of control systems are used to integrate the various electro-mechanical components to create functional operating systems.

    The Level III curriculum will provide more in-depth instruction in robotics and automation. Students will complete coursework related to the following topics: DC circuits, single phase transformers, pneumatics, hydraulics, basic mechanical power, electrical motors and controls, programmable logic controls, and robotics.

    The Robotics and Automation Technology program provides students the opportunity to work with robotic and automation technologies. This field continues to evolve creating an increasing demand for engineers, engineering technicians, electronic designers and robotic installation, maintenance and repair.

    Career Pathways:

    Commercial & Industrial Equipment Technician
    Electro-Mechanical Technician
    Installation, Maintenance & Repair Technician


    Electrical Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Instrument Technician

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Robotics & Automation Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Planned – AMIST Certification (Advanced Manufacturing Integrated Systems Technology)

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 2 credits
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Up to 14 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude