Steps to Becoming an Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Steps to Becoming an Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician Photo by Pamela Wendell

Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician - Automation and Robotics is the program at Centennial College that prepares students to work in the field of automation and robotics. It especially emphasizes automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries.

With a combination of theory and practice in fully-equipped labs, where gain hands-on experience in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics, students are field-ready in two years to enter positions in technical sales and service, manufacturing and maintenance, and integration (automation houses).

Let's take a look at some of the specific courses that are especially beneficial in preparing students for graduation.

Computer Aided Drafting :- There is a two-fold purpose that this Engineering course serves. First, it introduces students to basic technical drawing elements of mechanical engineering graphics as well as the concepts and features of the AutoCAD computer-assisted-drafting program. At the same time, it discusses the implementation of the drafting theory by using the computer as an electronic drafting board and design tool. A series of specifically designed illustrative exercises assigned during this course provide students with the necessary practice for skill development.

Robotic Applications :-The focus of this Engineering course is on testing out programming skills in the laboratory. Among the topics covered are: programming the ABB robots, robot safety, and robot interface with the outside world by input signals and output devices. Further studies include automation sensors, work cell support systems, robot and system integration, and an automation case study of the CIM systems.

Pneumatic Components :- Pneumatic actuators are used in many automated and manual systems in manufacturing plants. This course introduces students to the components of a basic pneumatic system, as well as the design and operation of each device from compressor to actuator.

Pneumatic Circuits :- With the Pneumatic Components course under their belt, these courses helps students to examine how pneumatic devices are controlled. Students investigate the operation and design of industrial pneumatic control circuitry and then have the opportunity to design control systems using pneumatic pilot circuitry and electrical relay control. Manual, automatic, emergency and safety controls will also be designed to produce safe, efficient operation of automated machinery.

PLC/Pneumatic Interfacing :- This automation robotics engineering course introduces students to the operation of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), which are widely used to control pneumatic devices in modern factories. The components of typical PLCs are examined and various configurations are evaluated. Since any control system is only as good as the information supplied to it, the wide range of sensors available to the automation industry is also covered. Using current industrial equipment, students investigate theory topics in laboratory sessions.

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In her article, Emma focuses on specific courses within the Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician program such as Robotic Applications and Computer Aided Drafting.

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