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New courses train MCC students in robotics

The workforce is everchanging. Businesses are always looking for potential employees with valuable skills that will help grow and advance their business.

At Metropolitan Community College, programs are also changing to help keep students ahead of the game with those valuable skills. With the manufacturing industry always evolving and introducing new technology to increase efficiency, MCC has added new courses to fill the need for those skills.

Introduction to Robotics kicked off at MCC for the first time this winter quarter. The class was added to the curriculum after noticing an increase in robotics in the local workforce, says associate dean of Industrial Technology, Scott Broady.

“Across the manufacturing industry in the four-county area, there has been in increasing number of companies that have added robotics to their automated manufacturing process,” Broady says. “These courses were developed and are part of the Electrical Mechanical degree path to give students exposure to robotics.”

Broady says the course is very hands-on and teaches students all different aspects of working with manufacturing robotics, including setup, operation, troubleshooting and programming. The class is held in the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing on the South Omaha Campus and is a major requirement for the Electrical Mechanical degree program.

“MCC has invested in robotic training arms. We have about six to eight in our electrical-mechanical lab,” Broady explains. “This is a very lab-intensive course.”

Students also have the option to get certified with FANUC America, a leading supplier in robotics and factory automation internationally. If students enjoy working with different automation systems, critical thinking and problem-solving, this may be the career for them, Broady says.

 “We have a tremendous need in the electrical mechanical area,” he says. “There are maintenance technicians and robotic technicians in operating environments. That is one of the biggest needs.”

Along with Introduction to Robotics, MCC will offer Vision for Industrial Robotics this spring quarter. Broady says he wants students a step ahead so they can work for the College’s industry partners.

“The next step for all our industry partners is automation smart manufacturing. That is what they’re being faced with and that is what we’re preparing our students for. We want to train our future workforce,” he says.

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