COTC Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Gets Robotic Arm

​​NEWARK, Ohio, November 1, 2016 – Mechanical engineering technology students at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will have the opportunity to learn how to work with a robotic arm in the classroom.  The Amatrol Pegasus Robotic Arm will teach students about automation and how to control electro-mechanical systems.

"The robotic arm work will compliment what we are learning in the classroom," said Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Amir Nassirharand, Ph.D. "It's a very exciting time at COTC."

The Pegasus Robotic Learning System teaches articulated arm servo robotics and their industrial applications. With features like a powerful programming language, industrial controller and high repeatability, it is ideal for teaching a wide variety of applications including: assembly, material handling, machine tending, gluing and inspection.

RoboticArm_lr.jpg"We will teach students how to program this robot," said Nassirharand. "This is a skill that they will need going out into the world of mechanical engineering. Students will use robot programming when pursuing careers in manufacturing, automation and assembly."

The robot will be used extensively in a new course that will be offered during spring semester 2018 called Dynamics and Control. In the meantime, students will be able to work with the robot on special projects for class.

"Getting hands-on training like this is what Central Ohio Technical College is all about," said Nassirharand. "Our students need to be prepared and working with the latest technology.  When they go out in the world of business and industry, they will be ready."

Four associate degree engineering technology programs at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) were recently internationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC/ABET). The ETAC/ABET accredited programs are electrical engineering technology, architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.

ABET accredits college and university programs around the world in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. ABET began as the educational standard against which professional engineers in the United States were held for licensure. Today, after more than 80 years, ABET's standards continue to play this fundamental role and have become the basis of quality for more than 40 disciplines all over the world.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala. ​