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What is Automated Industrial Technology (Robotics)?
Defined simply, automation technology is a technique for making a device run or a process occur with minimal direct human intervention. Nearly all functions, from orders coming in to products going out, are subject to automation. The technologies include mechanical, electrical, and computer, among others.
Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. These technologies are used to develop machines that can substitute for humans and replicate human actions.
What Does an Automation Technician do?
Automation technicians may have a variety of job titles, depending on their specific duties and the industry in which they work. Some common titles include “control technician” and “instrumentation technician.” Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a must, as is the ability to work well under pressure.
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Automation technicians are sometimes asked to prepare reports for managers or other nontechnical audiences, so they should be able to write well. And because their job may involve training junior staff, automation technicians need good interpersonal and communication skills. Above-average proficiency in computers is also critical for these technicians, because much of their job involves minor programming. And nearly all automation technology involves measurement, so aptitude in mathematics is important. Many automation technicians have a background in either mechanics or electronics. Many automation technicians build their skills through years of on-the-job training but that training is usually supplemented with additional preparation, such as completing certification programs that are conducted by local colleges or producers of automation equipment.
MCC's Automation Technology Program Has 2 Distinct Paths
On the controls path, you’ll learn the basics of electro-mechanical devices, control systems, PLC programming and systems integration, with the opportunity for exposure to solid modeling and CNC programing.
In the electro-mechanical track, you’ll learn the basics of controls, including PLC programming, while getting more in-depth exposure to hydraulics, motors, and electromechanical devices.