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Automation and Robotics Pathway

Maintain, operate, program, and develop robots and systems to increase productivity on the manufacturing floor.

Manufacturing Associate

Robotics Operator

Robotics Technician

Robotics Specialist

Robotics Technologist

Robotics Integrator

Robotics Engineer

Manufacturing Associate:

Education & Training

HS Diploma/GED, some technical training
Manufacturing Foundations Certificate
Short-term earn and learn

Industry Recognized Credentials

OMJ Readiness Seal
MSSC CPT

Median Wages

$34,390 OH; $31,420 US

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
Ohio Technical Centers
Community Colleges
College Credit Plus

Competencies/Credentials

  • Practice and demonstrate knowledge of essential safety skills, including personal protective equipment, fire and electrical, work area, hazardous materials, tool and machine, and material handling
  • Understand a variety of manufacturing processes, including gear drives, machine tooling and operations, production planning, workflow, and control
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality systems and continuous improvement practices
  • Execute basic and precise measurement methods and tools
  • Demonstrate awareness of maintenance practices for welding, electrical, pneumatic, and other systems
  • Other professional competencies as demonstrated by Ohio Means Jobs Job Readiness Seal
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician; OSHA 10

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Operator:

Education & Training

HS Diploma/GED, some technical training, and industry recognized credential

Industry Recognized Credentials

Certified Robot Operator I

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
Ohio Technical Centers
Community Colleges
Various Vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures and features
  • Locate and explain the function of robot components
  • Work with teach pendants and operation screens
  • Power up, operate, and jog the robot
  • Define coordinate systems
  • Address a variety of error or alarm messages using standard procedures
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and awareness of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Explain and load production programs, set up frames
  • Demonstrate the ability to open, edit, test, and run basic robotic programs
  • Clean, maintain, and calibrate robots
  • Diagnose the root cause of an error, troubleshoot, and recommend actions to address the problem
  • Demonstrate awareness of augmented reality technologies for use in troubleshooting
  • Understand the importance of cybersecurity and good cybersecurity practices
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety provided to you, follow procedures
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which may differ by employer*: Certified Robot Operator I

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Technician:

Education & Training

Vocational training, on-the-job experience, or an associate’s degree

Industry Recognized Credentials

Industrial Technology Maintenance I – Multiple
Operation and Programming
Intro to Automation
Programming, Setup, and Operation

Median Wages

$50,540 OH; $59,800 US

Education Providers

Career and Technical Centers (HS)
Ohio Technical Centers
Community Colleges
Various Vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair robots or related equipment
  • Install and repair programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and robot controllers
  • Align, fit, and assemble components
  • Use hand tools, power tools, mechanical fasteners, and lubrication materials
  • Use fundamental and applied math, including algebra, measurement, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Read and interpret blueprints
  • Understand fundamentals of motion control, including pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Understand basic concepts of interoperability
  • Use augmented reality to troubleshoot (preferred, not required)
  • Understand the seven sources of hazards and become familiar with all working aspects of the robot, including emergency procedures
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which may differ by employer*: Industrial Technology Maintenance I – Multiple, Operation and Programming, Intro to Automation, Programming, Setup, and Operation

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Specialist:

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree plus on-the-job experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Electronic Control Systems I
PLC Fundamentals and Troubleshooting
Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Logic Programming
Vision Programming
Maintenance and Safety

Education Providers

Four-year universities
Various Vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Install, align, troubleshoot, and maintain robotic systems
  • Interpret, measure, install, adjust, troubleshoot, and repair or replace components of electrical systems
  • Program and maintain PLCs
  • Program advanced robotics and vision systems
  • Use augmented reality to troubleshoot
  • Practice predictive maintenance: use and analyze data provided by the system to anticipate and correct problems
  • Understand procedures for identifying and managing hazards (risk assessment), including examining the work environment to identify processes and procedures all employees must follow
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which may differ by employer*: Electrical Control Systems I, PLC Fundamentals and Troubleshooting, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Logic Programming, Vision Programming, and Maintenance and Safety

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Technologist:

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree plus on-the-job experience

Industry Recognized Credentials

Electronic Control Systems
PLC Fundamentals and Troubleshooting
Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Logic Programming
Vision Programming
Maintenance and Safety

Education Providers

Four-year Universities
Various Vendors

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Install, align, troubleshoot, and maintain robotic systems
  • Interpret, measure, install, adjust, troubleshoot, and repair or replace components of electrical systems
  • Program and maintain PLCs
  • Program advanced robotics and vision systems
  • Use augmented reality to troubleshoot
  • Practice predictive maintenance: use and analyze data provided by the system to anticipate and correct problems
  • Understand procedures for identifying and managing hazards (risk assessment), including examining the work environment to identify processes and procedures all employees must follow
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which may differ by employer*: Electrical Control Systems I, PLC Fundamentals and Troubleshooting, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Logic Programming, Vision Programming, and Maintenance and Safety

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Integrator:

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology plus work experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training

Industry Recognized Credentials

Certified System Integrator
Industry 4.0 Associate
Certified Motion Control Professional
Certified Vision Professional
Certified Robot Integrator

Median Wages

$94,740 OH; $103,380 US

Education Providers

Four-year universities
Community Colleges

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Develop features of augmented and virtual reality technologies to enhance automated/robotic work environments
  • Conduct inspections and quality assurance to prevent mistakes and defects in manufactured products
  • Design, simulate and model systems to standardize quality in robot development processes
  • Use concepts of interoperability in practice
  • Manage the exchange of data; acquire and analyze data
  • Apply and integrate different components of Industry 4.0 to complete a system
  • Integrate PLCs with robots
  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs used to direct robots
  • Be aware of cyber security risks and create systems that minimize the risk of cyber attacks
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which differ by employer*: Certified System Integrator, Industry 4.0 Associate, Certified Motion Control Professional, Certified Vision Professional, Certified Robot Integrator

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

Robotics Engineer:

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology plus work experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training

Industry Recognized Credentials

Certified System Integrator
Industry 4.0 Associate
Certified Motion Control Professional
Certified Vision Professional
Certified Robot Integrator

Median Wages

$94,740 OH; $103,380 US

Education Providers

Four-year Universities
Community Colleges

Competencies/Credentials

  • All from previous positions, plus:
  • Develop features of augmented and virtual reality technologies to enhance automated/robotic work environments
  • Conduct inspections and quality assurance to prevent mistakes and defects in manufactured products
  • Design, simulate and model systems to standardize quality in robot development processes
  • Use concepts of interoperability in practice
  • Manage the exchange of data; acquire and analyze data
  • Apply and integrate different components of Industry 4.0 to complete a system
  • Integrate PLCs with robots
  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs used to direct robots
  • Be aware of cyber security risks and create systems that minimize the risk of cyber attacks
  • Technical and professional competencies as demonstrated by the following credentials, which differ by employer*: Certified System Integrator, Industry 4.0 Associate, Certified Motion Control Professional, Certified Vision Professional, Certified Robot Integrator

* Note: Employers may require a credential awarded by a specific credentialing organization. Examples may include but are not limited to: AWS, Cognex, FANUC, Festo, Intelitek, Lincoln Electric, Parker Hannifin, NIMS, Rockwell/Allen Bradley, SACA, Universal Robots, Yaskawa.

All Levels:

Foundational employability skills include safety, project management, critical thinking, planning, problem solving, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, technical learning ability, technology aptitude, interpersonal skills, communications, and teamwork.
Note: Each position must demonstrate the competencies and credentials of the previous position

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