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MEC 114 - Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training, Experimental

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

(Formerly RBT-102) This course will prepare students with the skills necessary to become a robotics technician. Hands on and theoretical components of robot systems will be explored through five tracks: mechanical foundations, electrical foundations, fabrication foundations, software foundations and robotics integration. Students will also gain an understanding of workplace skills needed for success in a robotics company.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Construct simple circuits.
  2. Troubleshoot and test wires.
  3. Control the flow of electricity in circuits.
  4. Construct wiring panels using terminal blocks.
  5. Plan and construct the layout of an electronics board.
  6. Accurately measure component dimensions.
  7. Assemble a structure using techncial schematics.
  8. Understand and apply bracing to address stability issues. 
  9. Incorporate chains, sprockets and gears into an assembly.
  10. Understand different drivetrains and their foundations. 
  11. Select appropriate materials for robot chasses.
  12. Print high-quality 3D models.
  13. Understand and write programs to implement simple control logic.
  14. Understand what I/O devices robot programs use to interface.
  15. Understand and articulate how robotics automation may be applied across broad contexts.

 Listed Topics

  1. Structural design
  2. Weight distribution
  3. Drivetrains
  4. Fastening
  5. Circuits
  6. Microcontrollers
  7. Sensors
  8. Hand tools
  9. Additive manufacturing
  10. Decision loops
  11. Systems integration
Reference Materials
Instructor-approved textbook, reference materials and online resources.

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