Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

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RAET 205C PLC Programming 2-3-3
Students will develop a thorough understanding of modern, industry-standard PLC hardware and software to enable them to use PLCs effectively. Topics include the PLC as a task specific computer; program scan; relay ladder logic; digital and analog; 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. (Prequisites: MATH 124C with a grade of “C” or higher and CPET 107C and ELET 101C, each with a grade of “C-“ or higher OR permission of the Department Head of Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology.)

RAET 210C 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. (Prequisites: MATH 140C and MFET 111C, each with a grade of “C” or higher and CPET 107C with a grade of “C-“or higher OR permission of the Department Head of Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology.)

RAET 220C 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. (Prerequisites: RAET 205C and RAET 210C each with a grade of “C” or higher.)

RAET 250C 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: ENGL101C, ENGL120C or ENGL 125C, and RAET 220C each with a grade of “C” or higher.)

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