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Robotics Automated Systems Technology

A.A.S./Diploma

Career Description
Robotic automated systems technicians are an integral part of modern manufacturing firms. Knowledge of robotic programming, flexible manufacturing, CAD systems, industrial communications and overall system integration is essential. Technologies such as new generation robot controllers, sensors, and electrical control systems have created a need for highly specialized training. Career opportunities abound for robotic technicians in the building, repairing, installing, maintaining, and programming, along with problem solving in engineering and design of robotic automated systems.

Program Description

The Robotics Automated Systems Technology Program uses a curriculum of technical industry standards set forth by Robotics Industry Association (RIA) along with a strong industrial advisory board made up of industry leaders in the different manufacturing career areas. Our graduates are employed as field service engineering, installation, and engineering technicians, applications programmers and automated systems maintenance technicians. We are the largest robotics automated systems lab in the upper Midwest. Students are trained on the same robots, controllers, and programming languages used by automated manufacturing companies.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate will be able to:
1. Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures
2. Apply knowledge and skills in electrical systems
3. Apply knowledge and skills in mechanical systems
4. Apply knowledge and skills in creating program code
5. Analyze and apply specific troubleshooting knowledge and technology in the areas of electrical, mechanical, software and program code
6. Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills as an individual and as a team member

Accreditation
Robotics Industry Association

Transfer Opportunities
Courses in this program transfer to Bemidji State University, St. Cloud State University, and North Dakota State University.

Career Titles
Some common career titles held by people in this field include field service technician, field service engineer, applications programmers, electrical controls engineers, automated systems technician, automated systems machine builders, production systems technicians.

Selected Employers of Recent Graduates
3-M ABB, Automated Concepts Automations, Brenton Engineering, Delkor, Douglas Machine, Ellison Technologies, Fanuc, Graphics Packaging, Hales, Hegman Machine Tool, Imation, Motoman, PAR Systems, PRI Robotics, Robotics Automation, Tetra Pak,
Wolf Robotics

Employment Opportunities
Graduates find abundant employment opportunities in automotive manufacturing, aerospace manufacturers, machine tool companies, welding and fabrication, packaging machinery manufacturers, robotic system integrators, nuclear power plants, and robotic manufacturers.






A.A.S. CURRICULUM
First Year - Fall Semester
General Education (7cr)
MTRD 1265 CNC Programming and Process Planning (2cr)
RAST 1101 Industrial Electronics I (3cr)
RAST 1104 Introduction to Robotics (2cr)
RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2cr)
RAST 1110 Intro to Manufacturing (2cr)
RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2cr)
RAST 1120 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2cr)
Total 22 Credits

Spring Semester
General Education (6cr)
RAST 1102* Industrial Electronics II (3cr)
RAST 1103* Motors and Drives (3cr)
RAST 1113* Motors & Drives Lab (3cr)
RAST 1206* Programmable Logic Controllers I (3cr)
RAST 1212* Industrial Electronics Lab II (2cr)
Total 20 Credits

Summer Session
RAST 2101* Application Planning & Layout (2cr)
RAST 2106* Industrial Electronics III (2cr)
RAST 2116* Industrial Electronics Lab III (2cr)
Total 6 Credits

Second Year - Fall Semester
General Education (7cr)
RAST 2105* Transducers (2cr)
RAST 2151* Applied Robotics Lab I (6cr)
RAST 2165* Fluid Power (2cr)
RAST 2355* Programmable Logic Controllers II (2cr)
Total 19 Credits

Spring Semester
RAST 2153* Applied Robotics II (6cr)
RAST 2154* Robot Controller Maintenance (2cr)
RAST 2395* Advanced Robot Controller Programming (2cr)
RAST 2390* Robotics Internship (1-3cr)
or RAST 2399* Independent Study (1-3cr)
Total 11 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 78 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites


DIPLOMA CURRICULUM
Gainful Employment

First Year - Fall Semester
MTRD 1265 CNC Programming and Process Planning (2cr)
RAST 1101 Industrial Electronics I (3cr)
RAST 1104 Introduction to Robotics (2cr)
RAST 1109 Computers in Industry (2cr)
RAST 1110 Intro to Manufacturing (2cr)
RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2cr)
RAST 1114 Math for Industrial Technology (3cr)
RAST 1120 Intro to Engineering Graphics (2cr)
Total 18 Credits

Spring Semester
RAST 1102* Industrial Electronics II (3cr)
RAST 1103* Motors and Drives (3cr)
RAST 1113* Motors & Drives Lab (3cr) 
RAST 1206* Programmable Logic Controllers I (3cr)
RAST 1212* Industrial Electronics Lab II (2cr)
Total 14 Credits

Summer Session
RAST 2101* Application Planning & Layout (2cr)
RAST 2106* Industrial Electronics III (2cr)
RAST 2116* Industrial Electronics Lab III (2cr)
Total 6 Credits

Second Year - Fall Semester
RAST 2105* Transducers (2cr)
RAST 2151* Applied Robotics Lab I (6cr)
RAST 2165* Fluid Power (2cr)
RAST 2355* Programmable Logic Controllers II (2cr)
General Education (3cr)
Total 15 Credits

Spring Semester
RAST 2153* Applied Robotics II (6cr)
RAST 2154* Robot Controller Maintenance (2cr)
RAST 2395* Advanced Robot Controller Programming (2cr)
General Education (3cr)
Total 13 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 66 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

 

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