Build and control robotic systems that power everything from roller coasters to factories
Explore how electrical and mechanical systems combine to automate manufacturing
Work in teams using 3-D printers, laser cutters and industrial programming equipment
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Some of the biggest names in Lehigh Valley manufacturing rely on automation to drive production. In our Automated Industrial Technologies program, students learn how electrical and mechanical systems combine to automate industry. As they explore the increasingly high-tech world of advanced manufacturing, students master the following skills:
- Read blueprints and schematics for electrical, electromechanical and electronic systems
- Measure voltage, amperage and resistance; build series and parallel circuits
- Connect, operate and troubleshoot commercial and industrial motors
- Build two- and three-wire motor control circuits, as well as sequential control circuits
- Connect, operate and troubleshoot mechanical power transmission and fluid power systems
Instruction begins with Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, the National Electrical Code® and other fundamentals before advancing to logic gates, robotics and workcells, for example. The program lab is outfitted with dozens of Amatrol trainers that help students develop practical knowledge of everything from electrical wiring to hydraulics.
Collaboration and project-based learning are important elements of the program, too. Students team up to build space heaters, duplex pump controls, conveyor systems, miniature manufacturing cells and self-guided robots. Upperclassmen routinely participate in LCTI’s rotational internship program and local manufacturers like B. Braun often recruit them for co-op positions that lead to employment after high school or college.