Robotics & Automation Technology

  • Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Instructor: 
    Alan Blackburn
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    CIP Code: 15.0403

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    Career Pathways

    Commercial & Industrial Equipment Technician
    Installation, Maintenance & Repair Technician
    Electro-Mechanical Technician
    Electronics Technician
    Electrical Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Instrument Technician

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  • The core curriculum includes two college level dual enrollment courses, MET 120 – Industrial Mechanical Systems and MET 130 – Industrial Electrical Systems.  In addition, students will earn an OSHA Safety certification as part of the Level 1 curriculum. This industry certification is highly recognized in the field and is portable.  Some of the topics included in the Level 1 electrical systems curriculum include power supplies, switches, resistors, capacitors, inductors, motors, transformers, solenoids, lights, fuses, circuit breakers and rheostats. Students will combine motor, electro-pneumatic, and electro-hydraulic control components with relays, timers and counters to create logic and sequential control circuits and develop elementary ladder diagrams. Finally, students will install, test and troubleshoot electrical and electronic components and systems. On the mechanical systems side of the curriculum, students will calculate speed, torque, power, pitch, ratio and mechanical efficiency. Also, students will install, maintain and troubleshoot V-belt drive systems, chain drive systems and hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

     The Level 2 and Level 3 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 gives students the opportunity to work with “smart machines”- robots. The combination of high speed computers and artificial intelligence software has advanced the field of robotics to produce a need for engineering technicians with a broad range of advanced technical skills. This field continues to evolve creating an increasing demand for “smart human”- engineers, engineering technicians, electronic designers and robotic installation, maintenance and repair.

    Industry Certifications

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

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student


College Advanced Credits

ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY