Automated Systems Technology Series Offered at JCC


A series of automated systems technology courses will be offered by Jamestown Community College’s workforce readiness department this fall.

The series provides the fundamentals for understanding how automation in industry influences production speed, reliability, and output. Classes, with the exception of the online Shop Math course, meet at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses and North County Center.

To register and for information on course fees, visit or call 716.338.1005.

Courses include:

• Shop Math, a self-paced online course which teaches students fundamental math functions used in manufacturing, including fractions and decimals, basic triangle and geometry, and an introduction to trigonometry, meets online from September 7-18.

• Electrical Fundamentals meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on September 21-25 in Jamestown, October 12-16 in Olean, and November 9-13 in Dunkirk. The course prerequisite is Shop Math.

Students will examine direct and alternating current theory and fundamentals, schematics, components, voltage, current, and resistance components. Ohms Law will be used to verify results from lab experiments. Power supplies and test equipment will help students observe circuit parameters and operation.

• Motor Control and Drives, focusing on AC/DC motors and motor control skills, meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on September 28-October 2 in Jamestown, October 19-23 in Olean, and November 16-20 in Dunkirk. The course prerequisite is Electrical Fundamentals.

Students will learn about AC/DC motor operations, control circuit components, motor control wiring, connections, ladder diagrams, and interpretation of electronic motor control schematics.

• An Equipment Leveling course provides the skills needed to identify components and best practices used in manual and laser leveling and alignment. The course, which is not intended for a journeyman millwright, meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 29 and 30 in Olean.

The course focuses on leveling and alignment techniques, providing hands-on training for maintenance technicians who have no or limited background in this area of service.

• A Digital Electronics/Sensors course meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 5-9 in Jamestown, November 2-6 in Olean, and November 30-December 4 in Dunkirk. The course prerequisite is Electrical Fundamentals.

Topics include logic gate concepts, Boolean expressions, schematics for logic gates, inverters, and amplifiers, digital electronic circuits, and troubleshooting. Students will investigate the logic that is outputted from different types of sensors.

• Fluid Power, a course focusing on pumps, control valves, actuators, maintenance and troubleshooting of fluid power systems, meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 12-16 in Jamestown. Students will develop an understanding of fluid power symbols, basic components of fluid power systems (hydraulic and pneumatic) and basic laws and formulas for fluid power calculations.

• Robot Operations, examining robotic safety, controls, operations, and handling tool programming, provides the basic skills needed to operate and program a Fanuc Robot. Classes meet from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 19-23 in Jamestown, November 9-13 in Olean, and December 7-11 in Dunkirk.

• Robot Electric Troubleshooting and Maintenance, which meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 26-30 in Jamestown, provides the basic skills needed to troubleshoot and conduct electrical repair and maintenance procedures for robotic electrical systems. Robot electrical component identification and robot electrical controller function are emphasized.
• Programmable Logic Controllers 1 & 2 familiarizes students with Rockwell RSLogix PLC programming. Electrical Fundamentals, Motor Control and Drives, and Digital Electronics are the course prerequisites.

Students will learn how to create, transfer, test, and verify working RSLogix projects and monitor, edit, and create programs and routines. The concept of ladder logic using tags and datatypes instead of data tables will be applied. The course meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on November 2-6 in Jamestown, November 16-20 in Olean, and December 14-18 in Dunkirk.

• Students in Programmable Logic Controllers 3 & 4 will build, test and verify a PLC program and will write and design solutions to given problems. The course prerequisite is PLC 1 & 2. The course also trains students how to work with inoperable stations, identify problems, conduct troubleshooting on Rockwell RSLogix PLC programmed systems. The course meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on November 9-13 in Jamestown

• Rigging, a course introducing students to the process of moving heavy loads with ropes, hoists, and other types of specially designed tools and to the equipment used to lift a load, will focus on safe rigging techniques. Classes will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on November 11-13 in Jamestown.

• Pipefitting, which meets from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on November 17-20 in Jamestown, provides an understanding of piping drawings and component identification and equipment used in pipefitting and tube bending applications. Pipefitting, tube bending methods, pipe materials, joints, fittings, pipe hangers, and support applications are explored.