• Course Description:

    Robotics Engineering is a new, dynamic field involving mechanical, instrumentation, electronics, robotics, automation, computer components and control systems. Students will experience the demands of highly automated manufacturing processes by networking hardware and software systems together which are commonly found in game machines, hybrid autos,smart products” and a long list of other equipment and systems that we depend on daily. Students will gain knowledge and skills in blueprint reading, CAD drawing, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, motor control, robotics and motion control, process control, instrumentation and computer integrated manufacturing.



    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are testing and designing electronic circuits, reading schematics, systematic troubleshooting, conducting lab experiments, using test equipment, conduct troubleshooting with oscilloscope, interpreting diagrams and drawings, ordering parts, fabrication and design of devices, applying electro-mechanical applications.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Designer, Robotics Technician. Earnings range between $9-$22/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    You can further your education in this field at Institutions such as Westmoreland County Community College, Penn State University and DeVry University. Trade Schools include ITT Technical Institute, PTI and Triangle Tech.



    Grading Procedures:
    60% Hands on Work 40% Theory

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    Algebra I & II, Geometry, Chemistry, College Prep English I-IV


    *Industry & Skills Certifications:

    Certified Electronics Technician, Soldering Certifications levels 2 and 3



    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Manual Dexterity, Multi-Task, Complex Problem Solving, Quality Control.

    Student Costs:


    Text Book:

    Electricity and Electronics Goodheart/Wilcox 2009

    Solid State Electronics, Dirk 1994

    Digital Circuits, Streib, Goodheart/Wilcox 1997

    LJ Digiac Virtual Instrument Platform for Electronics and Mechatronics 2010


    Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center



    Mr. Nelson – Robotics Engineering Instructor

    Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1347


    Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am

    11:45am to 12:00pm

    2:30pm to 2:45pm

    Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

    * Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.