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Certification and Training for Automation and Mechatronics

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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WIP It! Faculty Development Style!

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Iftekhar Ibne Basith Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Iftekhar Ibne Basith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA. Dr. Basith has a Ph.D and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Windsor, ON, Canada with concentration on 3D IC, MEMS and Testing. Dr. Basith has published several IEEE transactions, articles and conference proceedings over the last few years. His research interest lies on Robotics, Tesing of 3D IC, MEMS, Analog/ Mixed-Signal Devices, RF circuits, Low Power CMOS and Wireless Communication.

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Junkun Ma Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Junkun Ma is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He teaches courses in areas related to product design, manufacturing processes, CAD, and HVAC. His research interests include finite element method (FEM) based numerical simulation, heat transfer and fluid dynamics with application to alternative energy, and engineering education.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
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This article is a Work In Progress (WIP) paper that presents the faculty professional development regarding the new course titled Industrial Robotics in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) curriculum at ****. The course will also serve a platform for future Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) for Manufacturing and Mechatronics concentrations at the same institution. The need and procedure for the authors to be certified by FANUC are described. One of the authors also received week-long training from Amatrol in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). Another author received trainings on CNC machining. The primary goal is to have the authors ready and equipped with hands on skills for a fully automated environment where interdisciplinary courses on Industrial Robotics, PLC, Manufacturing, and Automation can be taught. The focus will be to have our undergraduate students be involved in multi-disciplinary research experience based on the developed educational materials. Since the certification from FANUC, our institution **** has been recognized officially by FANUC as one of the training sites.

The FANUC Robotics certification process has three steps – onsite training, online exam, and finally, an approved lecture session. The onsite training generally involves a week-long exposure to FANUC robotic arms and program them to perform different tasks. Based on the obtained training and curriculum, then the author needed to appear for an online exam and pass it with 80%. The final step to be certified was to send a recorded lecture/lab session and be approved by the FANUC certification body. Once the instructor receives the certification, he or she can teach the materials and certify students taking the course for onsite training at ****. The Amatrol training also required the author to be onsite at the Amatrol facility and go through extensive hands-on skills for different components of PLC in Allan-Bradley logic. The CNC training includes both milling and turning certifications authorized by Siemens and Fanuc for their CNC controllers. For the Siemens controller, the authors receive a four days on-site training from a Siemens authorized instructor. The Fanuc certifications are based on 60 hours of online training (30 hours each for the milling and turning training). If accepted, the authors requests for a traditional lecture type presentation during ASEE 2020 in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Basith, I. I., & Ma, J., & Yildiz, F. (2020, June), Certification and Training for Automation and Mechatronics Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34265

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