Learn & Earn Schedules - Riverland

Automation and Robotics Foundations

What is the Learn & Earn Initiative?

It is an initiative to create educational programs and curricula for high-demand fields which are experiencing labor shortages. It will grow the pipeline of skilled technicians in the manufacturing and transportation sectors and will provide students with the opportunity to earn credentials or certifications while also earning wages in these roles.


Available Schedules

Fall Semester Owatonna Campus

ARET1161


 

Mechatronic Systems

This course explores how mechatronic systems are utilized in industry. This course will focus on the packaging industry, but can be applied to manufacturing and product conveyance as a whole. A wide variety of machinery will be examined as well as the tooling necessary for basic component fabrication and part modification. Basic metalworking and welding concepts will be examined. Students will receive a hands-on experience leading to a greater understanding of how machinery operates, and the skills needed to successfully work with complex machinery in industry.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)


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ARET1200

Intro to Robotics

The focus of this course is to provide hands-on learning opportunities using both real and virtual industrial robots. The main emphasis in the course will be focused on safely programming and operating industrial robots. Students will be exposed to various End of Arm Tooling, robot types, the historical trends of robotics, programming methods components of robotic systems, and multiple coordinate systems. These skills and concepts are utilized throughout all of manufacturing and in many other areas.
(2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)

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Fall Semester Albert Lea Campus

ARET1126


 

Mechanical Power Transmission

This course is an introduction to Mechatronic Systems. The focus of this course is the application of mechanical power transmission to modern manufacturing equipment, used by machine assemblers, maintenance mechanics, field service personnel, engineers, manufacturing technicians and technical salespeople. Mechanical systems covered include chains, belts, couplings, gear reducers, shaft alignment, gear trains, linkages, bearings, and machine timing. Instruction uses hands-on projects in addition to demonstration and lecture on actual packaging machines. This course is part of a 2-course sequence that leads to students being eligible to take Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (PMMI) Mechanical Components 1 test. This test is one of eight Mechatronics certifications offered by PMMI.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)


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ARET1175

Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

This course is designed for all students in the Manufacturing & Engineering Technology courses of study. Through the use of modern training systems students will gain an understanding of how electrical principles apply to automated production machines, packaging machinery, and robots. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge of electrical principles to increase sustainability and energy efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Through extensive hands-on use of digital meters and electrical tools students will be given the opportunity to perform wiring and setup operations and to troubleshoot electrical circuits. This course is part of a sequence of courses leading to Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Industrial Electricity Certification.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Spring Semester Albert Lea Campus

ARET1161


 

Mechatronic Systems

This course explores how mechatronic systems are utilized in industry. This course will focus on the packaging industry, but can be applied to manufacturing and product conveyance as a whole. A wide variety of machinery will be examined as well as the tooling necessary for basic component fabrication and part modification. Basic metalworking and welding concepts will be examined. Students will receive a hands-on experience leading to a greater understanding of how machinery operates, and the skills needed to successfully work with complex machinery in industry.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)


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ARET1200

Intro to Robotics

The focus of this course is to provide hands-on learning opportunities using both real and virtual industrial robots. The main emphasis in the course will be focused on safely programming and operating industrial robots. Students will be exposed to various End of Arm Tooling, robot types, the historical trends of robotics, programming methods components of robotic systems, and multiple coordinate systems. These skills and concepts are utilized throughout all of manufacturing and in many other areas.
(2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)

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Spring Semester Owatonna Campus

ARET1126


 

Mechanical Power Transmission

This course is an introduction to Mechatronic Systems. The focus of this course is the application of mechanical power transmission to modern manufacturing equipment, used by machine assemblers, maintenance mechanics, field service personnel, engineers, manufacturing technicians and technical salespeople. Mechanical systems covered include chains, belts, couplings, gear reducers, shaft alignment, gear trains, linkages, bearings, and machine timing. Instruction uses hands-on projects in addition to demonstration and lecture on actual packaging machines. This course is part of a 2-course sequence that leads to students being eligible to take Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (PMMI) Mechanical Components 1 test. This test is one of eight Mechatronics certifications offered by PMMI.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)


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ARET1175

Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

This course is designed for all students in the Manufacturing & Engineering Technology courses of study. Through the use of modern training systems students will gain an understanding of how electrical principles apply to automated production machines, packaging machinery, and robots. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge of electrical principles to increase sustainability and energy efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Through extensive hands-on use of digital meters and electrical tools students will be given the opportunity to perform wiring and setup operations and to troubleshoot electrical circuits. This course is part of a sequence of courses leading to Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Industrial Electricity Certification.
(3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Required Courses - The courses must be taken to complete the certificate with the Learn & Earn Schedule

For questions about scheduling, please contact Kim Nelson | 507-379-3335