Monday, May 6, 2019
The new Tennessee based Automation and Robotics Training Center aims at offering employee training to improve knowledge. The center will provide robotic certification to industry employees and train students to improve their scopes in the professional field. The course also includes STEM and Mechatronics topics in the robotic training. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 250 people (and several dozen robots). The new ARTC is adjacent to the Motlow State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) locations in McMinnville.
Dr. Michael Torrence, president of Motlow State, said that goals for the training center included student success and workforce development. Three heavyweights in industrial robotics are part of the training center. At the opening ceremony companies like ABB, Fanuc and Yaskawa-Motoman displayed their creation. This is the only training center with all three major robotic manufacturers.
ABB, Fanuc and Motoman will offer courses on programming, electrical service, operations and programming, and material handling. A.A.S. degrees in Mechatronics include robotic safety and operation, robotic design and maintenance, end effectors and tooling, welding with robots, and other applications.
Robotics companies will offer courses on programming, electrical service, operations and programming, and material handling. Larry Flatt, executive director of the Automation and Robotics Training Center, said that they will be teaching basic programming, vision systems and troubleshooting. Those interested in robotics courses can receive short-term industry certifications, customized training, or a two-year Mechatronics degree with a concentration in robotics.