Introduction to Automation (ATR 112 ) Course

This course introduces the basic principles of automated systems and describes the tasks that technicians perform on the job. Topics include the history, development, and current applications of robots and automated systems including their configuration, operation, components, and controls. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the basic concepts of automation and robotic systems. Content ZIP files are SCORM v1.2 format and are intended to be uploaded into a learning management system. Follow instructions in the “Uploading Modules” document below to upload the files into a Blackboard Shell. If using a different learning management system, please refer to your learning management system instructions for importing SCORM packages.
Primary Material Type:
Other Material Types:
Hybrid/Blended Course
Central Piedmont Community College
Automation, Automated Work Cell and CIM Systems, Work-Cell Support Systems, Industrial Robots, Electrical Schematics, Pneumatic Diagrams, Robot and System Integration, Automation Sensors, Work-Cell Programming, Pneumatics

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
CPCC created an Industrial Advisory Committee to connect the employers and industry associations to the process of competency review and validation and credential alignment. The committee also offered input on program restructuring and technologies to incorporate into digital content. Included employers were Blum, Daetwyler, Groninger, Pfaff and Siemens.
Industry Sector:
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services -- Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (5413)
Architecture and Engineering Occupations -- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians (17-3023)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Engineering Technologies/Technicians (15)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Rubric:
Date Quality Peer Review Rating Submitted:
Quality Note:
CPCC tasked an independent subject matter expert to review the digitized curriculum.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Custom Quality Rubric
Course Note:
The Mechatronics Re-Envisioned Grant’s primary focus was to digitize a portion of the Mechatronics curriculum to encourage student engagement and interaction with topics before they attend class. This flipped classroom model is a dynamic way to introduce topics via interactive software so that students come to class prepared to dive deeper into the material, receive greater feedback and guidance from instructors, and have more time for hands-on labs and activities. This redesigned curriculum is one of many tools used by the instructor and is in no way a complete course.


Formal Accessibility Policy:
Accessibility Features:
  • Text Access - Text to Speech
  • Text Adjust - Compatible
  • Text Adjustment - Adjust Font and Colors
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Order - Digital resource layout
  • Structural Markup - Navigation Text
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Structural Markup - eReader application
  • Table Markup
  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Language - Markup
  • Language - Passage Markup
  • Non-Decorative Images Have Alt Text
  • Decorative Images Marked With Null Alt Text
  • Complex Images, Charts, and Graphs Have Text Descriptions
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Transcript Provided With Audio Content
  • Audio/Video Delivered Via Media Player
  • Non Flickering Content
  • STEM Content (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) Markup
  • STEM - Notation markup
  • Interactive - Keyboard
  • Interactive - Markup
  • Interactive - Text prompts

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.