The 32-hour course was developed with assistance from Ritch Ramey, coordinator at The Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC), Click image to enlargeUniversal Robots has been accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to issue continuing education units.

The Education Program provides a clearly defined pathway for students to master cobot programming and deployment as part of an Industry 4.0 career in robotics and advanced manufacturing.

Schools can now purchase the ready-to-go package that includes the complete curriculum, a UR cobot arm and the hardware and software required to build actual industrial applications.

“With the Education Program we’re addressing a tremendous need to provide cobot training as part of an integrated, accredited course,” says Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development at Universal Robots (UR). “This hands-on learning initiative will be instrumental in addressing the skills gap and get state-of-the art cobots into classrooms, offering students instant employability and manufacturers access to an upskilled workforce.”

As collaborative robots emerge as the fastest growing segment of industrial automation, cobot curriculum developed by an accredited provider is increasingly sought after in both schools and manufacturing industries. 

Accelerates student access to cobots

The 32-hour course was developed with assistance from Ritch Ramey, coordinator at The Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC), which oversees robotics training at 24 Tri-Rivers career centers in Ohio.

“Being able to offer a complete, turnkey training program with an industry-recognized credential gives schools increased access to both private grants and government funding when bringing cobots into classrooms,” he says. “It will make all the difference in the acceleration of student access to a real industrial robot that is both safe to operate in a classroom and easy to use.”

Upon completion of the course work, a student receives 32 course credit hours and a Universal Robots industry-recognized certification. The course can be taught in high schools, dual-enrollment courses and colleges.

The program will also be offered to manufacturers seeking certified cobot training for employees; industry professionals can attend classes either through local schools and career centers or in classes offered by Universal Robots’ authorized partners. Sending employees for certified robotics training developed by an accredited provider is often encouraged by local and state governments that increasingly reimburse companies for the training costs. 

“This is really a win-win,” says Campbell. “Manufacturers struggling to attract and retain skilled workers within automation can now easily train and encourage existing staff – while employees now get a unique opportunity to receive a recognized certification that they can add to their resume for future career advancements.”

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