TAEL-260: Automation Controls and Robotics

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Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Electrical
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
TAEL-245 or TAE Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

An advanced-level course on the programmable controller. Discusses techniques, terminology, and documentation currently used in automated manufacturing. Emphasizes how to write control specifications for laboratory automation machines and industrial robots which are then used to implement controls for non-synchronous and synchronous operation of the machines.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. PLC 5 software.
  2. Addressing PLC 5 files, elements, and bits.
  3. Using the ladder editor.
  4. Symbolic addressing.
  5. Timers and counters.
  6. Writing a ladder logic program.
  7. Shift register.
  8. Sequencer instruction.
  9. Use of the FAL instruction.
  10. Six laboratory exercises to demonstrate competencies
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Interface the PLC to a wide variety of  industrial equipment.*
  2. Write a complex PLC program that includes input to output statements, counters, timers, shift registers, and sequencers.*
  3. Program shift registers to track moving parts on a rotary indexing table and a lift and transfer machine.
  4. Program sequencers on a variety of pick and place machines.
  5. Write programs that use 6200 and RSLogix software to control a variety of machine processes.*
  6. Troubleshoot programs while the machine is in the test/run mode.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Methods for measuring achievement of objectives:

  1. Informal and formal laboratory activities are completed by the students. Performance exercises allow the students to demonstrate an understanding of assigned circuits.  Formal laboratory activities are submitted as a written report and represent 80 percent of the course grade.
  2. A final laboratory project will be completed by all students. This final project will represent 20 percent of the course grade.

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.


Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date