Adv Manufacturing & Robotics

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

Course Description

5608 Advanced Manufacturing I, is a course that includes classroom and laboratory experiences in two broad areas: Industrial Technology/Software Controls and Manufacturing Trends. Industrial Technology and Software Controls covers wiring and schematic diagrams used to design, install, and repair electrical/electronic equipment such as wireless communication devices, and programmable controllers. Course content will include basic theories of electricity, electronics, digital technology, and basic circuit analysis. Activities include experiences in: soldering; use of an oscilloscope, meters, signal generators and tracers; breadboarding; circuit simulation software; and troubleshooting. Understanding and using the underlying scientific principles related to electricity, electronics, circuits, sine waves, and Ohm’s Law are integral to this course. Manufacturing Trends covers basic concepts in manufacturing operations and plant floor layout in the production environment. Applications of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and lathe and turning operations are developed as a foundation for machining operations. Coordinate system concepts are introduced as relevant to machining processes, as well as fluid and mechanical power, welding, and lean manufacturing.

5610 Industrial Automation & Robotics,  will be the first course in the new pathway in the current Manufacturing & Logistics Career Cluster. Students will gain skills to design and build basic robots that use sensors and actuators to solve specific problems and complete specific tasks. This will include introductory programming autonomous mode. Students will also learn to program a humanoid robot, tethered and in autonomous mode, able to react to specific circumstances and perform human-like tasks when programming is complete. This course will provide fundamental knowledge and skills in basic lasers, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, basic electronics, and programmable logic controllers along with an understanding of career pathways in this sector. 

5606 Advanced Manufacturing II, builds on concepts learned in Advanced Manufacturing I and introduces basic blueprint reading, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operation and other skills commonly used in manufacturing. Areas of study will include: interpretation of drawing dimensions, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT), welding, fabrication, and inspection techniques. Students will use Computer Aided Design software (CAD) to create 3D models and working drawings. Skills in the setup and operation of a CNC mill and lathe will also be acquired using multiple machine tool controllers. Other more general topics will include coordinate systems, dimensioning, line precedence, multiview drawings, safe dress, tool paths, speed and feed calculations, and tool selection. The course also introduces robotics, automation, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology (CIMT). Common types of factory automation will be identified. The course will focus on three main types of manufacturing automation including; Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Computer Numerically Controlled Machines (CNC), and Robotics.  




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Potential Careers/Salary

Production Manager – $87,160 per year 
Manufacturing Sales Representative - $56,620 per year
General and Operations Manager - $90,540 per year
Manufacturing Supervisor - $51,950 per year
Industrial Machinery Mechanic - $48, 450 per year
Maintenance Supervisor - $57,360 per year
Industrial Engineer - $69, 270 per year
Director of Engineering - $106,920 per year
Industrial Production Manager - $79,830 per year
Machinist - $38,310 per year

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, on the Internet at