Robotics and Automation Technology

Robotics and Automation Technology program is an intensive 4-year program offered at Worcester Technical High School delivered to students who have an interest the area of mechatronics. The four-year program is designed around the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Vocational Technical Education Framework for Robotics and Automation Technology. The program includes hands-on and theoretical curriculum that covers control electronics, both analog and digital, relay ladder logic circuits that include the use of various control elements, switches, sensors, relays, timing relays, contactors and motor starters. Also included are Programmable Logic Controllers, PLC’s, the software programming of and their use in automation and manufacturing, pneumatics, pneumatic components and their application in manufacturing. Students enter schematics, wiring diagrams, and mechanical part drawings using computer software packages. The curriculum incorporates elements and principles of the appropriate academic subjects of mathematics, physics, and chemistry as they apply to the design and operation of electromechanical systems, and English language arts for effective communication, both verbal and report writing. There is an emphasis on problem solving both in the design, debugging, and troubleshooting of systems. Students who are highly motivated are encouraged to learn at their own pace with additional projects and resources provided. The students graduate from the program ready for employment as an entry-level technician or may continue on for further technical training.

With the rapid growth occurring in automation, robotics, computer integration, product development, and all new processes for manufacturing, research, material movement, and equipment maintenance support, there is an increased demand for individuals who can apply and perform problem-solving duties associated with the integration of electrical, electronic and mechanical devices.

Course Offerings

Engineering Design – Manf

Course Numbers: 5073 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Engineering Design and Manufacturing: In this course, students will advance their knowledge of technological systems in a hands-on learning environment. Students will deepen connections among the STEM fields and develop and apply advanced skills and applications in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). Students will also explore advanced topics in architectural, civil engineering, and CAD software, as well as parametric building design, building information models (BIMs), material take-off, energy efficient planning, and rendering and presentation. Students will discuss and complete their academic and career plans. This course, which builds upon skills acquired in the EDF course, is a Vocational Chapter 74 based program, incorporating standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for attainment of a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COPs).


Exp Tech – Engineering

Course Numbers: 5053 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Exploring Technology and Engineering: In this course, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and will acquire academic content knowledge regarding the engineering design process, force distribution, materials usage and selection, lean manufacturing principles, alternative energy systems, and robotics in a project-based learning environment. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for attainment of a Certificate of Proficiency. (COP) This course is part of a Chapter 74 approved program and incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework.


Intro Tech – Eng

Course Numbers: 5012 (1.00)(H) | 5013 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Introduction to Technology and Engineering: In this course, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and acquire appropriate academic content knowledge within a project-based environment. Students will use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones and will explore the many career pathways offered within the engineering field including software, electrical, construction, communication systems, and robotics. Students will utilize sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software to communicate the details of the products. Students will acquire the skills necessary to analyze potential solutions and communicate ideas to others. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for the attainment of a Certificate of Proficiency. (COP) This course is part of a Chapter 74 approved program and incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Intro Tech and Eng

Course Numbers: 501 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Introduction to Technology & Engineering, as part of a Chapter 74 approved program, incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. Within a project based learning environment, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and gain and apply appropriate academic content knowledge. Students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. Students will explore the many career pathways offered within the engineering field ranging from but not limited to software, electrical, construction, communications systems, and robotics. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others. The curriculum also utilizes the strengths of each team member to accomplish the goals of a project, while offering students learning challenges at all ability levels.Throughout the course, students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation to attain a Certificate of Proficiency (COPs).


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:

  • Metso Automation
  • Puritan Securities
  • Columbia Tech
  • TEC Engineering
  • St. Gobain
  • Siemans
  • Accelerated Media
  • Electronic Securities

Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance Technician
  • Equipment Installation
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Electromechanical Sales Rep
  • Electromechanical Designer
  • Assembly
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