The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.
Many of today’s industrial processes, assembly, and warehousing rely on automation and robotics. Even though this equipment may have reduced manual labor, the human touch is still necessary to make it all work.
Automation and robotics technicians install, calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated electro-mechanical devices including programmable logic and motor controls, relays and timers, and hydraulic and pneumatic components, in addition to sensor and transducers for measurements of temperature, pressure, flow, position, and motion. With your core training in electronics you’ll learn how the various types of robots, such as cylindrical, rectilinear, spherical, and jointed spherical are used in virtually any kind of industrial automated production equipment and robotics system.
This program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as an industrial maintenance technician, industrial machinery repairer, industrial maintenance mechanic, industrial field engineer, electrical and electronics installer, electrical and electronics repairer.
The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2008-2018.
Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2008 to 2018. As factories become increasingly automated, these workers will be needed to maintain and repair the automated equipment. However, many new computer-controlled machines are capable of diagnosing problems quickly, resulting in faster and easier repair.
Applicants with broad skills in machine repair and maintenance should have favorable job prospects. In addition to job openings from growth, there will be a need to replace the many older workers who are expected to retire, and those who leave the occupation for other reasons. Some employers have reported difficulty in recruiting young workers with the necessary skills.