From the food and agricultural industries to the manufacturing industry, there has been an increase in the use of automation. Automation helps to increase efficiency, profitability, and reduce workplace injury throughout a variety of industries.
While some may say automation is taking jobs away from people, it is allowing employers to put employees where they are needed most and is creating a demand for workers educated in the use and repair of automation technology.
Job growth for electro-mechanical technicians is expected to be about 4% between 2012 and 2022. To help meet this on-going demand for a skilled workforce, PMI offers an Electro-Mechanical Technology program to students who want to work in industries where automation technology is used.
As part of this program, we offer hands-on training to help our students gain valuable experience and marketable skills before transitioning into the workforce. Electro-Mechanical Technology program includes course such as the Automation Applications, Programmable Logic Controllers Course, and the Robot Operations and Programming courses.
Each course is designed to focus on important knowledge needed to succeed in the industrial automation industry such as motion control systems, electrical and mechanical maintenance, as well as programming and operations.
Automation Applications Course:
This 48-hour course focuses on the fundamentals of motion control with a focus on areas, such as:
- Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)
- AC motors
The Automation Applications course also focuses on the fundamentals of control principles and industrial engineering applications of motion control systems. With this course, students will gain knowledge of the inner workings of motion control systems to prepare them for repairing and maintaining them.
Programmable Logic Controllers Course:
This 96-hour course focuses on industrial programmable controllers and programming with a focus on areas, such as:
- Basic relay logic programming
- Program control instructions
- Data manipulation
- Math instructions
Students will also learn program editing as well as program troubleshooting as part of this course. PLCs are an essential part of robotics operation because they provide the robot with instructions on what to do and how to do it, making this course is an important part of preparing students for jobs in the automation field.
This course also includes hands-on training in our PLC labs where students will gain experience using common manufacturing techniques. In the PLC labs, students can practice and apply what they have learned in the classroom while gaining valuable skills and working training.
Robot Operations and Programming Course:
This 32-hour course is designed for the first-time operator, programmer, or individual who will be operating FANUC robots. Safety is integrated into this course along with the fundamentals of operating and programming robots.
Integrated with our FANUC robotics systems lab experiences and other pertinent devices, students will utilize robots and other peripheral devices during their training to simulate industry applications and begin building their work experience.
PMI’s Electro-Mechanical Technology program can prepare you for a wide range of careers across all industries working in jobs such as a maintenance specialist, industrial or maintenance technician, and maintenance repair technician.
With our hands-on training in industrial applications and our comprehensive coursework taught by experienced instructors, you can expect to enter the workforce prepared for a job in the industrial automation industry. Contact PMI today to learn more about our Electro-Mechanical Technology Program.