Advanced Manufacturing

Wake Tech's 3,000-square-foot training center serves the needs of Wake County business and industry by providing workforce training for technicians in industrial automation, circuit board technology, collaborative robotics, basic machining and 3D printing. All programs include hands-on lab training supplemented with online instruction through Tooling University.

Advanced Manufacturing programs and courses

  • Industrial Automation: Electrical, PLC, Hydraulics, Pneumatics Controls
  • Collaborative Robotics: Robotics Utilization, Operation, Basic Programming

  • Introductory Machining and 3D Printing: Introductory Vertical Mill and Horizontal Lathe, 3D Printing, Mechanical Troubleshooting, Mechanical Blueprint Reading


Course details and registration information

Collaborative Robotics Programmer Course
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This course is intended for personnel who wish to be employed in an industry position that utilizes Collaborative Robotics Programmers.
Study the principles of collaborative robotic programming through online learning modules and hands-on lab exercises. This fascinating course includes materials from Tooling University On-line including a review of topics such as Robot Installation, Relocation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting Robot Operations. Students will then progress to Program Feasibility, Robotic Programming, and Logic Maintenance, with a focus on ensuring all robotic functions are conducted in a safe manner.
Course Objectives
  1. review Robot Installation, Relocation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting.
  2. identify program feasibility based on equipment capabilities and limitations, risk assessments, and quality control features.
  3. program robots utilizing lead through programming, reteach points, and ladder logic.
  4. perform logic maintenance while ensuring adherence to company specific standards and requirements.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Review of Robot Installation
    a. Connect robot mechanically
    b. Connect robot electronically
    c. Connect robot pneumatically
    d. Reteach points
    e. Install a program
    f. Verify safety functionality (wiring, response, checklist)
  2. Review of Robot Relocation
    a. Determine disassembly needs
    b. Determine rigging requirements for movement (per manufacturers manual)
    c. Secure robot for shipping
    d. Connect robot mechanically, electronically, pneumatically
    e. Reteach points
    f. Verify safety functionality
  3. Review of Robot Maintenance
    a. Consult manufacturers manual for preventative maintenance checks and services
    b. Save current program prior to conducting new operations
    c. Disassemble auxiliary items
    d. Dress pack maintenance, includes cable routing
    e. Change seals on pneumatic tooling
    f. Explanation of joint replacement
    g. Re-calibration of robot
    h. Explain vision systems and how they work
    i. Monitor and toggle input/output
    j. Reteach points
    k. Maintain current backup
    l. Perform recovery operations from backups
    m. Verify safety functionality
  4. Troubleshoot Robot Operations
    a. Ladder logic review
    b. Sequencing review – flow chart on paper
    c. Follow the steps/logic to determine the problem
    d. Determine the root cause (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, etc.)
    e. Root cause analysis – five whys
    f. Communicate with operator
    g. Change machine modes (auto/manual)
    h. Run robot at variable speeds to identify mechanical issues
    i. Manipulate machine in manual mode
    j. Start, stop, and clear errors
  5. Identify Program Feasibility
    a. Identify robots capabilities and limitations
    b. Identify controller’s capabilities and limitations
    c. Conduct risk assessment
    d. Identify quality control requirements
    e. Interact with other areas/departments
    f. Identify mechanical system features
  6. Robotic Programming
    a. Save current program prior to conducting additional operations
    b. Define/flow chart the process
    c. Define and configure I/O
    d. Inputs fault messaging and recovery codes into the program
    e. Define standard program modes/mode control
    f. Comment and label code (label early, label often)
    g. Implement standard program modes
    h. Read current program code and determine how to modify if needed
    i. Develop/program safety logic
    j. Verify the quality of the programming through physical check/quality control
    k. Debug programming
    l. Ensure the programming will meet or improve production requirements
    m. Program data reporting requirements
    n. Communicate with field bus requirements
    o. Interact with end of arm tooling and other interconnected automation equipment (Mechatronics Trainer)
    p. Verify safety functionality
  7. Logic Maintenance
    a. Maintain firmware
    b. Generate backups
    c. Perform recovery operations using backups
    d. Follow/adhere to company specific standards and requirements
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Collaborative Robotics Technician Level 1, and Collaborative Robotics Technician Level 2, or instructor's approval.
Text and Supplies Needed
Student guides, Collaborative Robots, Robotics Systems training panels and associated tools and equipment
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Completion of all assigned online modules with a minimum score of 75% for each module.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
This course is intended for personnel who wish to be employed in an industry position that utilizes Collaborative Robotics Programmers.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Michael Moore