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 Technician Level 1 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 Operators
Study the principles of collaborative robotics, their uses and applications, and proper operation and maintenance through online learning modules and hands-on lab exercises. This fascinating course includes materials from Tooling University On-Line covering topics such as workplace safety; blueprint reading; basics of electrical theory, programmable logic controller theory, and pneumatic theory; robotic connectivity; customer service; and basics of collaborative robotic programming and troubleshooting.
Course Objectives
  1. Have an understanding of workplace safety including maintaining an awareness of the work environment, ensuring it's cleanliness, identifying potential hazards, awareness of emergency procedures and emergency exit routes. Students will also receive training on personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as basic safety precautions for working with robots.
  2. Have an understanding of safety functionality, including the safe use of tools and machinery. Students will learn the importance of checklists when operating equipment and machinery.
  3. Understand Blueprints and how to read them. Successful students should be able to read a basic blueprint and determine the critical features of a part to ensure proper installation and that quality standards are being met.
  4. Have an understanding of basic electrical theory including electrical terminology and fundamental measures. Topics covered include Ohm's law, Watt's Law, amperage, voltage, resistance, and wattage. Students will also learn the basics of electrical hazards and safe work practices.
  5. Have an understanding of the basics of programmable logic controllers (PLC's), their functions and operation. Students will learn the different types of PLC's and develop a basic understanding of how they are programmed.
  6. Have an understanding of basic pneumatic theory. Students will learn the different components of pneumatic power systems, how they function and how pneumatics are integrated into Robotic systems.
  7. Have an understanding of the most common applications of industrial automation and collaborative robotics, and how they work together. Students will learn basics of robotic components, including arms, end effectors and axes. Students will understand how axes are used to control robot movement.
  8. Develop an understanding of sensors that provide feedback data to robots and be able to explain the categories of sensors and show how sensors are used in industrial and collaborative robotics.
  9. Have learned the basics of robotic connectivity, including proper electrical and pneumatic connections, verification of connections, and how to make adjustments.
  10. Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts required for programming collaborative robots, including the use of the Pendant Controller, and Reteach Points. Students will create a program, install the program, save it, and backup the system.
  11. Know the robot machine modes (automatic and manual), understand when each should be used, and know how to switch from one to the other quickly in the event of an emergency. Students will also understand how to operate the robot at variable speeds to identify mechanical issues and ensure the robot is operating safely in the work environment.
  12. Develop a working understanding of the troubleshooting process and how to identify problems, including quality control issues, and their causes.
  13. Learn how to start, stop, and clear errors that might occur during the operation of the robot, and develop an understanding of why the errors might have occurred.
  14. Learn how to recover from a robot crash, understand why the crash occurred, and evaluate the robot to ensure the crash did not damage the system.
  15. Gain a working understanding of the importance of maintenance, as well as when to call in a Maintenance Technician for repairs.
  16. Learn the importance of personal interaction with customers and co-workers. Students will understand the need to focus on customer service and satisfaction.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Workplace Safety
    Tooling University Module - Intro to OSHA 100 and Personal Protective Equipment 120
    Lab: Demonstrate proper use of PPE, Have students show how to apply PPE and under what circumstances.
  2. Safety Functionality
    Tooling University Module - Safety for Mechanical Work 111
    Lab: Demonstrate use of simple tools and machines, demonstrate and have students display proper lifting methods, demonstrate use of check lists prior to equipment operation. Have students generate check list.
  3. Blueprint Reading
    Tooling University Module - Blueprint Reading 130 and Interpreting Blueprints 230
    Lab: Have students read and review mechanical print drawings to ensure fit, form and function requirements are met. Have students inspect parts using calipers and, as needed, inspection gauge to verify parts are in specification.
  4. Basic Electrical Theory
    Tooling University Module - Electrical Units 110 and Safety for Electric Work 115
    Lab: Have students review basic electrical safety and how to use a Digital VOM (Volt/Ohm Meter) then have them read Resistance, Continuity, Voltage, and Current in a prewired circuit. Have students wire a simple series and parallel control circuit and verify proper function.
  5. Basic PLC Theory
    Tooling University Module - Intro to PLC's 200
    Lab:Have students identify common PLC hardware and describe and demo relay ladder logic. Students will then review PLC safety and demo; wire a PLC, verify inputs and outputs, load pre-written code, and verify function. Students will then make simple modifications to existing code, save changes, download and verify function.
  6. Basic Pneumatic Theory
    Tooling University Module - Intro to Fluid Systems 100 and Intro to Pneumatic Components 125
    Lab: Have students review Pneumatic safety and demo; then have students build a Pneumatic circuit, verify inputs and outputs, and verify function.
  7. Industrial Automation and Collaborative Robotic Applications
    Tooling University Module - Robot Components 120, Robot/Robotics End Effectors 125, Robot/Robotics Axes 140, and Automated Systems & Controls 135
    Lab: Describe industrial automation processes including material handling systems, material identification systems, and manufacturing execution systems. Students will also describe collaborative robotic components including servomotors, arms, end effectors, grippers, and encoders. Students will then demo methods for axis control, and describe types of end effectors and grippers and their uses.
  8. Collaborative Robotic Sensors
    Tooling University Module - Robot Sensors 150
    Lab: Describe various types of sensors, their uses and potential limits. Students will demonstrate use of sensors in a robotic system and common controls for stopping robot motion in emergencies.
  9. Connect Robot Electronically and Pneumatically
    Tooling University Module - Intro to Robotics 110 and Robot Safety 115
    Lab: Identify the terminology used to specify a robot safeguarding system. Distinguish between pneumatic and electric drives. Demo and then have students perform lockout/tagout procedures. Review NIOSH guidelines for robot safety.
  10. Collaborative Robot Programming
    Tooling University Module - Automated Systems and Control 135, Robot Components 120, Applications for Robots 130, and Concepts of Robot Programming 210
    Lab: Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of programming methods. They will demo the use of the teach pendant, including the use of “teach mode”. Students will also demonstrate “walk through” and “lead through” programming, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of online and offline programming. Students will then describe computer-integrated manufacturing, identify common coordinate systems, and distinguish between different types of CNC program codes. Finally, students will explain the importance of maintaining current backups of all programs and demo proper procedures for performing backup procedures.
  11. Robot Machine Modes
    Tooling University Module - Robot Sensors (Review)
    Lab: Explain common types of robot accidents, and causes of hazardous robot movement. Students will demo common controls for stopping robot motion in emergencies, two-hand control safety devices. And identify various types of presence-sensing safety devices and safety guards. Students will then review robot programming and perform offline and online programming projects requiring movement of various robot axes. Students will demonstrate an understanding of point to point path control and continuous path control and generate robot simulator programs.
  12. Troubleshooting
    Tooling University Module - Robot Troubleshooting 160
    Lab: Laboratory exercises will provide an opportunity for students to identify problems specific to robots and devise appropriate solutions.
  13. Start, Stop and Clear Errors
    Tooling University Module - Robot Troubleshooting 160
    Lab: Have students explain common causes of hazardous robot movement. Have students perform a lockout/tagout safeguards for robots. Have students show competency in the use of common controls for stopping robot motion in emergencies. Have students show competency in the use of two-hand control safety devices. Have students replace and calibrate different types of presence-sensing safety devices. Have students show competency in the use of different types of safety guards. Review NIOSH guidelines for robot safety.
  14. Recover from a Crash
    Tooling University Module - Robot Troubleshooting 160
    Lab: Describe techniques for identifying problems. Describe and Demo the process of evaluating troubleshooting data. Describe and Demo the process of working backwards. Describe the process of proposing potential fixes. Describe and Demo the process of testing solutions. Describe and Demo the process of applying permanent solutions. Describe and Demo the process of troubleshooting end effectors. Identify common causes of pneumatic system problems. Identify common causes of lack of robot motion. Describe and Demo mechanical reasons for a robot's loss of positioning. Describe and Demo feedback errors that cause a robot’s loss of positioning.
  15. Robot Maintenance
    Tooling University Module - Robot Troubleshooting 160
    Lab: Explain the importance of maintenance work for robots. Describe preventive maintenance for robots. Describe maintenance practices for servomotors. List common causes of pneumatic system problems. Define lubricant. Identify common lubricant delivery methods for robots. Describe safety practices for robot maintenance. Describe tuning maintenance. Describe the procedure for replacing robot wires. Explain how regular maintenance prevents downtime.
  16. Customer Service
    Tooling University Module - N/A
    Lab: Students will be evaluated in Customer Service during interactions with other individuals in the class and through a series of customer service simulations throughout the class.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Basic math and general computer skills
Text and Supplies Needed
Student guides, Collaborative Robots, Robotics Systems training panels and associated tools and equipment
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Advanced Manufacturing Center.
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 Operators
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Robotics Operator
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
This is a skills gap area for light manufacturing in Wake County that is dependent on skilled robotics operators to keep manufacturing systems operating.
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Robotics Operator
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Michael Moore