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.

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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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