Students in Bay College’s new Mechatronics and Robotics Systems Associate in Applied Science degree will also be receiving industry recognition. The College was recently recognized as an Educational Certified Training Institution for FANUC America’s Certified Education Robotics Training (CERT) program.

For almost 30 years, FANUC Robotics America Corporation has been the leader in industrial automation. Now, with the CERT Program, FANUC Robotics is helping to produce the next generation of industrial automation leaders.

Since 1982, FANUC Robotics America Corporation has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing innovative robots and robotic solutions for companies all over the world. With over 250,000 robots installed worldwide, it is no wonder that FANUC Robotics is the leader in industrial automation. It is also not surprising that with such a huge installation base, there is a major demand for employees to be certified to use FANUC robots. Understanding this demand, FANUC Robotics created the Certified Education Robot Training or CERT Program. FANUC Robotics’ education initiative, CERT, is a way to balance increasing academic curriculum requirements with relevant technical career education.

The CERT Program offers students the opportunity not only to learn about real world industrial automation, but also to prepare for it. Students who are certified to use FANUC robots have an advantage in finding a job, and are able to command better jobs.

Mechatronics instructor Mark Highum completed training at Fanuc headquarters, and then had a lecture reviewed by Fanuc in order for Bay College to receive this designation. As a result of being an Educational Certified Training Institution, students who complete the ELEC 240 Real Time Robotics Systems and ELEC 245 Robotic Vision Systems courses will receive a certification recognized by Fanuc as well along with their college credit.

The Real Time Robotics Systems course will be offered for the first time this Fall at the Escanaba campus of Bay College.

For more information, contact Mark Highum at 217-4083, of [email protected].