High School Industry 4.0 Fundamentals

This four-course series is designed to introduce high school students to Industry 4.0 and prepare them to pursue exciting careers related to this technology. The program includes interactive multimedia course materials, hands-on training with advanced industry equipment, teacher materials and teacher training.

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Industrial Controls for Industry 4.0 Fundamentals

Industrial Control Systems

Students learn the basics behind the control systems that oversee mechatronic processes, including programming and troubleshooting. Topics include:

  • Basic Robotics
  • Basic CNC Programming
  • Electronic Sensors
  • Electronic Drives
  • Ethernet Networks
  • Mechatronics Applications

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Amatrol High School Mechatronics


Students get a hands-on introduction to the integration of mechanical and electrical systems and processes that form the basic building blocks for Industry 4.0 technologies. Topics include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Automation
  • Fluid Power Control Systems
  • Measurement
  • Safety

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Industrial Robotics

Students learn basic industrial robotic programming, operation and troubleshooting on a FANUC industrial robot and software. Topics include:

  • Programming FANUC Robots
  • Robot Simulation
  • Robot Safety
  • Robot Application Workcells
  • Productivity Analysis

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Industry 4.0 Fundamentals IIoT

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concerns the collection of data from manufacturing processes and strategies to use this data to adjust, control and improve these processes. Topics include:

  • Principles of IIoT
  • Barcode and RFID Product Identification
  • Smart Sensors
  • Real-Time Ethernet Communications
  • Cloud and Mobile Data Collection and Analysis Software

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More on Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 technologies are rapidly transforming how people work in manufacturing, engineering and other sectors, increasing productivity by connecting cloud-based and mobile data analytics software to smart devices.

Articles: Industry 4.0 in the News

Whitepaper: Teaching the Industrial Internet of Things: Preparing Students and Learners for Industry 4.0

Whitepaper: Preparing Milwaukee 7 for Industry 4.0

Infographic: The 6 Building Blocks of Industry 4.o Education

Industry 4.0 Foundations: Middle School Program

Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA): This organization offers Industry 4.0 certifications