August 23, 2022
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Massachusetts CTE Frameworks: Robotics and Automation Certifications

We know that aligning to the Massachusetts CTE 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 CTE 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 CTE 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 Cell

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.

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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.

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Fusion 360 or Onshape 

Autodesk Fusion 360 and OnShape are professional cloud-based CAD and CAM programs that are quick for students to learn.

Festo Intro to Mechatronics Festo Industry 4.0 FundamentalsFesto Electricity FundamentalsFesto PLC Fundamentals
2.B Tools and InstrumentationXX
2.C Engineering Design ProcessX
2.D Technical CommunicationsXXX
2.E Mechanical ConceptsX
2.F Electrical Concepts XXX
2.H Programmable Logic Controller Foundations and Programming Concepts XX
2.J Automated Systems XXX
Festo Smart Sensors Festo Fluid Power FundamentalsFesto Mechanical SystemsFesto Dimensional MetrologyFesto Industrial Controls
2.B Tools and InstrumentationXXXX
2.D Technical CommunicationsXX
2.E Mechanical ConceptsXX
2.F Electrical Concepts XX
2.G Fundamentals of Sensor TechnologiesXX
2.I Robotics TechnologyX
2.J Automated Systems XX
Kuka Industrial Robot CertUniversal Robots Skills Cert Fusion 360 or Onshape
Robotics and Automation Technology Safety Health and Skills 
2.D Technical CommunicationsX
2.E Mechanical ConceptsXX
2.I Robotics TechnologyXX

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.