ELEC-260: Automation Controls and Robotics

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Electrical Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Automation Controls and Robotics
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Utilizes control specifications written by the student for laboratory automation machines and industrial robots to implement controls for non-synchronous and synchronous operation of the machine. Covers techniques, terminology, and documentation currently used in automated manufacturing.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Programming a machine using sequencer commands.
  2. Programming a machine using shift registers.
  3. Programming a touch screen panel to replace hard-wired pushbuttons.
  4. Programming a robot.
  5. Programming in RSLogix 5000 to control machine cycles.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Interfacing the PLC to a wide variety of  industrial equipment.
  2. Demonstrate a proficiency in an advanced level of PLC programming.*
  3. Programming shift registers to track moving parts on a rotary indexing table and a lift and transfer machine.*
  4. Programming sequencers on a variety of pick and place machines.
  5. Writing programs that use RSLogix 5000 software to control a variety of machine processes.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in trouble shooting programs while the machine is in the test/run mode.*
  7. Perform touch screen panel (PanelView) programming.
  8. Perform basic robot programming.
  9. Troubleshoot working progams in Contrologix/Compactlogix.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Informal and formal laboratory activities and performance exercises in which students demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits.  formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represent 80 percent of the course grade.
  2. Final laboratory project. The final project is worth 20 percent of the course grade.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date