Automated Systems & Robotics (ASRO), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Automated Systems & Robotics program provides students with the entry-level skills and theoretical knowledge to maintain the latest in automated manufacturing, packaging, and industrial robotic systems. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as machine assemblers, electro-mechanical technicians, maintenance mechanics, and field service engineers.

The course of study includes basic electricity and electronics; mechanical systems; electronic sensors; programmable logic controllers (PLCs); industrial robotics; motion-control systems; and advanced packaging and manufacturing systems. Program curriculum is aligned with standards set forth by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Instrumentation Society of America (ISA).

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students' communication, mathematics, and critical thinking skills.

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
Bachelor's Completion Option(s): Automation Controls Engineering Technology (AENT), Bachelor of Science | Industrial Engineering Technology (IENG), Bachelor of Science
  • Apply the concepts of basic electricity. 
  • Demonstrate required industry safety standards. 
  • Explain the operation of electronic devices. 
  • Troubleshoot circuits and systems using industry standard test equipment. 
  • Analyze electrical schematics and mechanical prints. 
  • Perform maintenance on mechanical systems. 
  • Commission and maintain industrial control systems. 
  • Commission and maintain industrial robots. 
  • Perform duties on an industry-related internship or capstone project. 
General Requirements
MATH1000Algebra & Trigonometry3
MATH1300Boolean Algebra & Number Systems2
Communications6
Humanities3
Social Sciences3
General Electives3
Technical Requirements
ELTT1110Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab5
ELTT1120Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory8
MDES1110Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks4
MACH1200Machine Shop Fundamentals3
ASRO1210Mechanical Transmission of Power Lab2
ASRO1220Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory4
ASRO2110Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab5
ASRO2120Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory8
ASRO2230Industrial Robotics Lab2
ASRO2241Industrial Robotics Theory5
ASRO2291Industrial Internship/Practicum6
Total Credits72

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which Arts & Sciences courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ELTT1110 Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab 5
ELTT1120 Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory 8
MATH1000 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
MATH1300 Boolean Algebra & Number Systems 2
 Credits18
 Total Credits18
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
MDES1110 Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks 4
MACH1200 Machine Shop Fundamentals 3
ASRO1210 Mechanical Transmission of Power Lab 2
ASRO1220 Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory 4
Humanities 3
Communications 3
 Credits19
 Total Credits19
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallCredits
ASRO2110 Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab 5
ASRO2120 Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory 8
Communications 3
Social Sciences 3
 Credits19
 Total Credits19
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
SpringCredits
ASRO2230 Industrial Robotics Lab 2
ASRO2241 Industrial Robotics Theory 5
ASRO2291 Industrial Internship/Practicum 6
General Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16

Descriptions

ELTT1110 | Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab | Laboratory (5 Credits)

Analyze, design and build series, parallel and combination AC and DC circuits. Semiconductor circuits, power supplies, transistor circuits are built and tested using protoboards and various test equipment.

Corequisite(s): ELTT1120

ELTT1120 | Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory | Lecture (8 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with basic electricity, including Ohm's Law, resistance, capacitance, inductance in AC and DC circuits, as well as solid state principles of diodes, power supplies and transistors.

Corequisite(s): ELTT1100 ELTT1110

MDES1110 | Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Creation of 3D solid models, assemblies and related engineering documentation using SolidWorks. Blueprint reading and application of ASME/ANSI standards to CAD drawings.

MACH1200 | Machine Shop Fundamentals | Laboratory (3 Credits)

Manufacturing of parts through layout and bench work, includes the use of band saws, drill presses, surface grinders, manual lathes and vertical mills. Basic principles in metal-cutting technology includes threading, tapers, knurling, boring, radii cutting and milling procedures such as squaring stock, the use of rotary table and the many other milling and turning operations.

ASRO1210 | Mechanical Transmission of Power Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Assembling, disassembling and observing applications of bearings, gears, cams, motors, clutches, cylinders (hydraulic and pneumatic), fluid systems, mechanical systems and other automation related components. Drawing and fabrication of simple components.

ASRO1220 | Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory | Lecture (4 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with various components of machines including bearings, gears, cams, motors, clutches, cylinders (hydraulic and pneumatic), fluid systems, mechanical systems and other automation related components.

ASRO2110 | Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab | Laboratory (5 Credits)

Installation, wiring, programming, operation, testing and troubleshooting programmable logic controllers. Interfacing programmable logic controllers with switches, sensors, motors, pneumatics, and other I/O devices. Set-up, configuration and troubleshooting inductive and capacitive proximity, photo-electric, temperature and other industrial sensors.

Corequisite(s): ASRO2120

ASRO2120 | Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory | Lecture (8 Credits)

Wiring and programming fundamentals associated with programmable logic controllers. Identification, recognition and calculations associated with inductive and capacitive proximity, photo-electric, temperature and other industrial sensors.

Corequisite(s): ASRO2100 ASRO2110

ASRO2230 | Industrial Robotics Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Set up, configuration, programming and troubleshooting industrial robots to meet industry standards. Industry safety standards, programming methods, applications and interfacing of sensors and I/O devices.

Prerequisite(s): ELTT1110

ASRO2241 | Industrial Robotics Theory | Lecture (5 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with industrial robotics including terminology, safety practices and procedures, application justifications, robot types, operation, program instructions and techniques, I/O device interfacing, end of arm tooling, system integration and troubleshooting.

Prerequisite(s): ELTT1120

ASRO2291 | Industrial Internship/Practicum | Internship (6 Credits)

Internship or practicum option on various manufacturing topics: automation, electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, assembly, troubleshooting, research and/or field service.

MATH1000 | Algebra & Trigonometry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals, fractional equations; proportions and linear equations; trigonometric functions, solutions of triangles, radians, trig functions graphs, vectors, and basic identities.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1300 | Boolean Algebra & Number Systems | Lecture (2 Credits)

Binary, octal and hexadecimal number systems. Boolean algebra and mapping.

General Education: Mathematics