> Robotics Technology, AAS
The Robotics Technology program is designed to provide students with the knowledge they need to assist manufacturing, mechanical, and electronics engineers in all phases of robotic design, development, production, testing, and operations. A new and growing sector, robotics technology develops agile robotics systems to remotely perform complex tasks in dynamic environments.
Engineering technology jobs in robotics and automated systems are found in many industries. Graduates of the Robotics Technology Program are able to design, troubleshoot, manufacture, maintain and repair robots. These technologists are also involved in the research and design of applications from other science areas for robots to perform. A growing job market is emerging in the defense robotics market. Robotics technicians are also involved in the development of intelligent vehicle highway systems and robotic aids for the handicapped. Robotics technology jobs are also found in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries.
RBT 110 – Agile Robotics I 3-2-4
In this course the student is provided with a basic introduction to the multidisciplinary field of robotics technology including concepts from computer, electrical, and mechanical disciplines with a focus on engineering processes. There is a particular emphasis on first-generation agile robotics characterized by remotely piloted mobile robots. The laboratory component presents activities based on lecture concepts and team-oriented, hands-on projects to solve basic robotic problems.
RBT 120 – Agile Robotics II 3-2-4
Agile Robotics is continued by exploring the details of second-generation agile robotics technology as characterized by mobile robots with autonomous behaviors. Software tools, additional details of robotic systems, application of robot control programming, motion planning, application domains and additional applied technician skills are emphasized. Team-oriented activities, hands-on projects, solving autonomous robotics problems and sensory feedback are utilized in the laboratory component to provide applications of lecture concepts
RBT 210 – Robotic Teaming 3-2-4
Robotic communication is an important addition to autonomous robotic platforms. Swarming capability and the varied aspects of swarming behavior is often required in both industrial and personal robotic systems in order to enable robots to perform collaborative tasks using a team approach. Students will learn the basics of a computer programming language and the basics of an embedded robotics platform in order to apply inter-robot communications techniques to enable robotic teaming.
RBT 280 – Robotic Systems Project 2-2-3
This Agile Robotics capstone course is project-based. Students will complete an instructor approved project, often working in a team. The semester long project must be based on mobile robotic technology and the project will include a literature research, project specification, project design, implementation, documentation and presentation aligned with established engineering technology methodologies. Project planning and management as well as team work strategies must be demonstrated. Software and hardware convergence techniques will be utilized.