College Industry 4.0

This four-course series is designed to introduce college 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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Tabletop 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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Mechatronics Smart Factory teaches the basics of Industry 4.0 technologies

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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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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Want to learn more about Industry 4.0? 

Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing the way work is done. And not just in manufacturing. All industries and jobs will be impacted by connected technologies. It’s important that college students learn Industry 4.0 so they can succeed in a workforce where these systems are the norm.

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

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