ABB, Fanuc and Motoman will offer
courses on programming, electrical
service, operations and programming,
and material handling. A.A.S. degrees
in Mechatronics with a concentration in robotics will include robotic
safety and operation, robotic design
and maintenance, end effectors and
tooling, welding with robots, and other
The ARTC building itself has five
classrooms, six high-bay robotics labs,
along with offices, conference room
and foyer area for events.
In an interview after the opening
event, Larry Flatt, executive director of
the Automation and Robotics Training
Center, said that they will be teaching
basic programming, vision systems and
Flatt said that training at ARTC can
be part of instruction for college credit,
or training for industry and job seekers.
In the academic area, first-year Mot-
low College students will take classes
in the Mechatronics program. In the
second year, they can concentrate on
robotics, including basic program-
ming, safety, end effector use, and take
a class in welding in conjunction with
TCAT. Later, they will come back to
Motlow and learn robotic welding.
In addition, the ARTC will offer industry training. More than 80 percent
of training will be for people already
working in industry.
It’s important to note that Motlow
College, TCAT and Warren County
High School have all worked together.
On the academic side, this includes
a consortium of TCAT and BRAC --
Warren County’s Business Roundtable
Action Committee, chaired by former
Accu-Router president Todd Herzog,
who is a great supporter of technical
education in the area. County government donated the land this training
center is located on.
In partnership with Warren County
High School, students can take Mechatronics courses and start at Motlow
College as sophomores. WCHS also
has a Motoman robot. They learn Mechatronics, robotics, and can receive
Motlow’s Mechatronics A.A.S.
graduates can earn good salaries after
several years of work experience as
industries expand use of robotics and
automation systems. Also, students who
finish the Mechatronics program can
go to Tennessee State and earn a four-
year degree in industrial technology.
Regional employers who hire these
graduates include Bridgestone, Nissan,
Yorozu Corp. of Tennessee, Volkswagen, Yaskawa Motoman, Universal
Logic, Kasai North America, Sonoco
and Jtekt North America Corp.
ARTC is working to raise money
for additional automation capabilities.
Flatt said the vision is another building, not only for robotics, but also to
teach networking and cybersecurity.
Also, a new partnership with Irby, distributor for Allen Bradley controls, has
just been announced.
Those interested in robotics courses
can receive short-term industry certifications, customized training, or a
two-year Mechatronics degree with a
concentration in robotics.
If interested, go to roboticstraining.
com, motlowtrained.com or mscc.edu/
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 ARTC
can be part of instruction for college credit, or training for industry and job seekers.