Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

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RB 110 Machine Tools and CNC Machines 3-3-4
This course covers an introduction to the basic machining processes: sawing, lathe work, milling machine work, hole making or drilling, and grinding processes using conventional machine tools. The course then introduces automated machining processes using computer numerical controlled, CNC, machining centers. The laboratory portion of the course covers the use of manual or traditional machine tools as well as CNC machines.

RB 205 PLC Programming 3-3-4
Students will develop a thorough understanding of modern, industry-standard PLC hardware and software to enable them to user PLCs effectively. Topics include the PLC as a task specific computer; program scan; relay ladder logic; digital and analog 110; MCR; sequencers/drums; functions and function blocks; RLL, SCL, FBD; Human Machine Interface (HMI); and other industry related topics. Numerous industry examples will be explored and discussed. Labs will emphasize program organization, documentation, audience awareness, maintainability, robustness, fault tolerance, and debugging. (Pre-requisites: MT 124 with a grade of “C” or higher, CP 107 with a grade of “C” or higher, and EL 101 each with a grade of “C” or higher OR permission of the Department Head of Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology.)

RB 210 Robotics and Automation I 3-3-4
This course is an introduction to fixed and flexible automation equipment. An emphasis is placed upon flexible equipment components such as the industrial robot. Robot topics include history, geometric configuration, component subsystems, robot safety, basic programming and operation, and end effector design. Laboratory work includes the use of industrial robot arms to perform various independent functions such as assembly and material handling processes. (Prerequisites: MT140, CP107, and RB110 each with a grade of “C” or higher.)

RB 220 Robotics and Automation II 3-3-4
A continuation of the Robotics and Automation I course covering advanced topics which include the integration of robots and CNC machines into manufacturing cells. Other equipment studied includes motion control devices, such as motors and sensors, conveyors and parts feeder mechanisms, use of vision systems as well as other automation equipment used in manufacturing. The integration of automation equipment such as PLCs, motion control devices, and vision systems is also covered. The laboratory work includes the use of PLCs, robots, CNC machines, and other automation equipment. (Pre-requisites: RB205 and RB210 each with a
grade of “C” or higher.)

RB 250 Major Field Project 3-0-3
The Major Field Project is a semester long project in the student’s major field of Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology. Each student will have the chance to experience real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their professional career. With this project on their resume, students will gain an advantage on the competition when it comes to launching their careers or gaining admission to bachelor level programs at other colleges. The Major Field Project involves problems typical of those found in the student’s professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. Each student project will culminate in a written and oral report and a poster on Project Presentation Day. (Pre-requisites: EN101, EN120 or EN125, and RB220 each with a grade of “C” or higher.)

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