We know that aligning to the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks is critical for your school. With the rise in Robotics and Automation CTE programs in Massachusetts, we want to help ensure Chapter 74 schools have the best industry-relevant equipment and certifications for their programs.
We've reviewed the Massachusetts VTE Robotics and Automation Technology Framework and created a list of technology and certifications. Our recommendations on the list appeal to high school students, align with state standards, and are industry-relevant.
Massachusetts Vocational Framework: Robotics and Automation Technology
We recommend this list of certifications for Massachusetts Chapter 74 robotics and automation technology programs to meet industry standards. These recommendations align with Strand 2 of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Framework for Robotics and Automation Technology, covering technical knowledge and skills. As you will see in the charts below, there are multiple instances where one certification aligns with multiple standards and objectives.
Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program - Level 1
Level 1 of the Festo Industry 4.0 Certification Program teaches students to be well-rounded machine operators and technicians responsible for the efficient operation of equipment. Topics include:
- An Introduction to Mechatronics
- Industry 4.0 Fundamentals
- Electricity Fundamentals
- PLC Fundamentals
- Smart Sensors
- Fluid Power Fundamentals
- Mechanical Systems
- Robotics Fundamentals
Kuka Industrial Robot Certification Program
The KUKA ready2_educate certification program teaches basic training for typical robotic tasks with an industrial robot. The KUKA training cell is user-friendly for the instructor and students and comes preconfigured and ready to operate with example programs and exercises.
Universal Robots Skills Certification Program
With the Universal Robots Skills Certification Program, students gain an understanding of robotics and get a Universal Robots industry-recognized certification upon completion of hands-on training with a Universal Robots collaborative robot and 32 course credit hours of online learning.
Fusion 360 or Onshape
Autodesk Fusion 360 and OnShape are professional cloud-based CAD and CAM programs that are quick for students to learn.
Recommended Equipment and Certifications for the Robotics and Automation Technology Massachusetts Vocational Framework
|Festo Intro to Mechatronics||Festo Industry 4.0 Fundamentals||Festo Electricity Fundamentals||Festo PLC Fundamentals|
|2.B Tools and Instrumentation||X||X|
|2.C Engineering Design Process||X|
|2.D Technical Communications||X||X||X|
|2.E Mechanical Concepts||X|
|2.F Electrical Concepts||X||X||X|
|2.H Programmable Logic Controller Foundations and Programming Concepts||X||X|
|2.J Automated Systems||X||X||X|
|Festo Smart Sensors||Festo Fluid Power Fundamentals||Festo Mechanical Systems||Festo Dimensional Metrology||Festo Industrial Controls|
|2.B Tools and Instrumentation||X||X||X||X|
|2.D Technical Communications||X||X|
|2.E Mechanical Concepts||X||X|
|2.F Electrical Concepts||X||X|
|2.G Fundamentals of Sensor Technologies||X||X|
|2.I Robotics Technology||X|
|2.J Automated Systems||X||X|
|Kuka Industrial Robot Cert||Universal Robots Skills Cert||Fusion 360 or Onshape|
Robotics and Automation Technology Safety Health and Skills
|2.D Technical Communications||X|
|2.E Mechanical Concepts||X||X|
|2.I Robotics Technology||X||X|
AET Labs specializes in helping CTE programs create and sustain their labs and shops. To make sure your Chapter 74 programs are using industry-standard equipment that aligns with the Massachusetts Vocational Framework for Robotics and Automation Technology, schedule a consultation with us. We provide all equipment and certifications recommended on this list, and we offer local service and professional development training for the instructors.