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Jonathan W. Lang
Vista, California Electrical Mechanical Technician 760 941-2302
Technical Degree Course Descriptions (Robotics Technology, A.S.)
☑ Basic Blueprint Reading
The student will learn a series of related steps leading to an understanding of shop blue-
prints, with emphasis placed on the interpretation of blueprints, performing
mathematical computations, basic blueprint terminology and sketching various views of
pictorial and orthographic drawings. This course introduces the student to the drafting
industry. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals so as to help students in their chosen
technical program and/or for those who wish to pursue other classes in drafting and
design. The course will focus on geometric construction, view interpretation, scales,
orthographic and pictorial projection. The basics of dimensioning, lettering, first
auxiliary, and sectional views, identification and classification of lines and planes will
also be covered. Students will be required to do both freehand and instrument
☑ CAD/CAM Industrial Robotics
This course will give the student a working knowledge of the various types of industrial
sensors incorporated into a complex work cell. The student will utilize point-to-point
wiring interfaces, field device networks, and data networks to investigate how
controllers are programmed to interact with the types of signals the sensors will supply
to the controller. Concepts of machine vision lighting/lensing and programming will be
studied and applied to robotic applications. Students will study the use of simulation in
programming signal exchanges in robotics applications.
☑ CIM Applications for Robotics Systems
This course offers the opportunity to study, program, and work with stand-alone robots
and with robots integrated into work cells. Applications studied will include palletizing
and packaging, material joining, material removal and material handling. An in depth
study of applications programming will be covered during the semester. Programming
will include different methods of error handling and operator interfacing used in robotic
applications. Students will be introduced to robotic simulation.
☑ Cisco 1, Network Fundamentals
A course introducing the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of
the Internet. Describes the use of OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature
and roles of protocols and services at the applications, network, data link, and physical
layers. Covers the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of
Ethernet concepts, media, and operations. Build simple LAN topologies by applying basic
principles of cabling; perform basic configurations of network devices, including routers
and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes.
☑ Cisco 2, Routing Protocols
This course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and
explains the principles of routing and routing protocols. Students analyze, configure,
verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, OSPF.
Recognize and correct common routing issues and problems. Model and analyze
processes. Licensing/Certification Agency: Cisco Corporation.
☑ College Algebra
Brief review of algebra fundamentals; equations quadratic in form; rational inequalities;
graphing polynomials and rational functions; algebra of functions; including
composition; inverse functions; theory of equations, Rational Root Theorem and
Descartes' Rule; exponential and logarithmic functions; matrices, determinants and
linear programming; partial fractions; conic sections; sequences and series;
permutations and combinations; Binomial Theorem.
☑ Electric/Hydraulic/Pneumatic Servo Systems
This course will cover the maintenance aspect of robot controllers. Students will study
the techniques and components involved in maintenance including: controller settings;
electrical/electronic architecture; analysis and troubleshooting techniques of robot
controllers. Students will utilize observations, documentation, and prints to diagnose
and correct problems on the robotic controllers.
☑ Electrical Automation Circuits and Logic Fundamentals
This class will introduce the fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
operations, including symbology and programming techniques. PLC hardware and data
structures will be presented. Methods of using the programming interface to
troubleshoot applications will be emphasized. The student will write, enter, and execute
application programs using the programmable controllers and Human Machine
Interface (HMI). The use of the Robotics Lab equipment will give the student practical
programming and troubleshooting skills used in the maintenance of automated systems.
☑ Electrical Fundamentals I
This course introduces the basic theories of electricity as they relate to Direct Current
such as: the electron theory, Ohm's Law, conductors and insulators, series circuits,
parallel circuits, series/parallel circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic devices, electrical
nomenclature, units of measurement, resistors, graphic and electrical symbols. Practical
laboratory exercises are integrated with the theory to acquaint the student with the
basic processes of constructing functional circuits and the correct use of basic
measuring instruments, such as analog and digital multi-meters. Refer to current
Schedule of Classes for software version(s).
☑ Electrical Fundamentals II
This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of AC single phase
and the comparison with Direct Current. The effects of inductance and capacitance in
AC circuits is emphasized and reinforced by problem assignments dealing with phase
relationships. The need and methods for power factor correction are explained.
Practical lab experiments are integrated with theory to help students analyze and
confirm predicted circuit behavior. This includes the correct use of the oscilloscope and
wattmeter. Refer to current Schedule of Classes for software version(s).
☑ Electrical Skills and Techniques I
This course is designed to investigate the theory and application of AC and DC machines.
The student will install, wire, maintain, and troubleshoot rotating machines. In addition
to all DC motor configures and polyphase motors are studied in detail. Classroom and
laboratory evaluation of AC motors will include industrial type induction motors,
synchronous motors, capacitor start/run motors, and universal motors. Methodology
and characteristics of deceleration and rotation reversal are evaluated.
☑ Electrical Skills and Techniques II
This course is designed to prepare the students for the installation, maintenance and
repair of industrial controls. Students will learn to analyze control circuits using ladder
logic, wiring diagrams, and PLC-logic. Lab experiments will provide opportunities for
constructing and troubleshooting functional control circuits to achieve specific results,
such as speed control reversal, acceleration, deceleration, jogging and dynamic braking.
Students will learn to select and apply electromechanical and solid state electronic
controls and circuit protective devices.
☑ Electro Mechanical Instrumentation and Transducers
This course will examine the complex motions in robotic applications. Controller frame
set-up and programming techniques for interpolated linear and circular motions will be
investigated in the lecture. The concepts will be applied in the Robotics Lab to
investigate techniques for various types of material removal and joining applications.
The course will include lectures on basic welding fundamentals. The student will
program and set weld schedules to enable robotic welding applications using Gas Metal
Arc Welding (GMAW) and resistance welding. Students will use robotic simulation for
☑ Fundamentals of Pneumatics
This course is designed to provide the student with the technical knowledge and
practical applications for control of valves that operate various air-powered devices.
Topics are design, installation, and trouble-shooting control air circuits; nature of
compressed air, compressed air flow, work devices, control devices, circuit diagrams,
development of pneumatic control circuits, power source selection and information
tables, standard safety procedures, and application of diagramming and blueprint
reading. Field trips will be conducted to inspect modern pneumatic equipment,
installations, and applications.
☑ Industrial Electrical Systems
This course is primarily for industrial electrical apprentices, presenting the broad
spectrum of industrial systems that might be encountered in a typical industrial
environment. Based on an intensive study of AC polyphase circuits, (reinforced by some
laboratory experimentation), the course content is expanded to include: (1) electrical
energy sources for industry; (2) distribution systems; (3) industrial control systems; (4)
industrial electrical loads; and (5) indicating systems for industry.
☑ Intermediate Algebra
Review of basics from elementary algebra; absolute value equations and inequalities;
radical and rational exponents; complex numbers; completing the square; the
discriminant; quadratic inequalities; equations of lines; systems of equations; conic
sections; functions, inverses and their graphs; word problems; exponential and
☑ Introduction to AutoCAD
This course is an introduction to computer aided design. Students will apply computer
aided design techniques and principles to create drawings related to various
architectural, mechanical, interior layout, landscape, and other applications. Students
will be exposed to the basic concepts of three-dimensional modeling, design
modification, basic computing, and become familiar with the system hardware and
software related to CAD and rapid prototyping. In addition to formal classroom lecture
and demonstrations, students will utilize CAD equipment in an interactive lecture
☑ Introduction to Hydraulics
This course illustrates the application of physical concepts such as Boyle's Law, Charles'
Law, Bernoulli's Theorem, Torrecellie's Law, Pascal's Law, K'Arch's Equation, Reynold's
Number, pressure drop, density, specific gravity, efficiency and horse power, through
basic hydraulic circuitry. Emphasis is placed on circuit components and how they work.
☑ Introduction to Machine Tools
The student will gain the knowledge and practical application of machine hand tools,
through text materials and performance objectives. Beginning with simple operations,
the student will perform layout, cutting, drilling, filing, and tapping objectives. The
student will also perform simple operations on the lathe, shaper, band saw and the
milling machine. Safety is greatly emphasized.
☑ Introduction to Microprocessors
Introduction to Microcontrollers is designed to introduce individuals who are interested
in the application of digital logic to the commercially available microprocessors and
supporting components. This course will provide information which will enable the
student to understand the various families of currently utilized microprocessors with
special emphasis on the Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800. Included in the study are
compatible microcontroller peripheral devices normally utilized in manufacturing.
☑ Introduction to Robotics Technology
This course is an overview of robotic and automated systems technology. The student
will be introduced to basic manufacturing techniques, robot terminology, different types
of automation, safety, basic robotic programming, interfacing robotic communications,
automated work cells, and robotic applications. Robot operations and programming
fundamentals will be applied by the students. This course provides the system aspects
for applying robots in automation. Topics include the process requirements,
programming, and communication for implementing robotic applications. The student
will gain practical information on how these systems are interfaced together
mechanically, electrically and software wise. Robotic simulation and machine vision
sensors will be utilized by the students in robotic work cell applications. Students will
explore the components of networks and network designs. Communications hardware
and the interconnection of servers and clients within LANs and WANs will be presented.
Network architectures, standards, protocols and access methods used within intranets
and the functions of network operating systems and internet will be described.
☑ Principles of Rotating Electrical Machinery
This is a comprehensive study of DC and AC motors and generators, designed to enable
the student to recognize, understand, specify and apply the various existing types of
electrical machinery. The treatment of DC motors includes SCR-control as it applies to
electrical equipment. This course integrates the above mentioned concepts with the
physical principles of force, work, rate, resistance, energy, power and force
transformers. This material is taught by lecture, video tape and lab demonstrations to
reinforce the concepts of technical physics.
☑ Robotic Controllers
The course will be structured to provide the student with an understanding of the
relationship between "real time" control systems and industrial devices and machines.
The advanced instruction set of programmable controllers will be studied relevant to
concepts and structures of automated control systems. Various applications will be
defined in which the student will develop the written programs for each hardware and
software specification of the process problems, including field devices, data networks,
and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). The use of the Robotics Lab equipment will give
the student practical programming and troubleshooting skills used in the maintenance
of automated systems.
☑ Robotic Manipulator Drives and Linkages
This course is designed to give students a detailed knowledge of robotic mechanical
units. The types of gears and gear reduction systems that are used in robots will be
studied. Many aspects of robotic mechanical units will be observed, including
mechanical adjustments and preventative maintenance. Controller setting and
procedures which influence the motion of the robotic manipulator will be investigated.
The safety procedures working with robotic mechanical units is emphasized.
☑ Technical Communications
This course will focus on communication skills (writing, speaking, reading, listening) for
technical and business fields. Students will use critical thinking skills and various forms
of technology to analyze, design, produce, and present written and oral projects
individually and in groups. Projects (detailed descriptions, directions, process analysis,
memos, letters, proposals, summaries, instructions) will be technical, business, or
career-oriented in nature.
This course provides the student with the basic principles of trigonometry as applied to
industrial problems. Topics covered are basic trigonometric functions, functions of
angles, relations between trigonometric functions, tables and their uses, and solution of
right angles. It will also cover the interpolation of angles to the nearest second of a
degree, solution of oblique triangles by right triangle methods, Law of Sine’s, and Law of