This course explores the mechanical aspects of machines and the associated electronic, pneumatic, and fluid-powered components that work together for automated manufacturing and production control including drive mechanisms for feeds, speeds, and power utilization for each component in the manufacturing line such as conveyors, robotic arms, PLCs, machine tools, and workstations. It incorporates the variability in products manufactured in relationship to the equipment capacities. The student learns computer simulation and engages in hands-on production set-ups as well as automated visual and tactile inspection techniques that guarantee product quality. Each mechanism applies the learned aspects to the specifications, functions, and safe operation associated with modern advanced manufacturing. Emphasis is on effective workplace skills including teamwork, problem solving, integrity, and dependability. FANUC robotic arm certification is optional.
School of Engineering and Computing
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MEC)
1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of lab per week