May 10, 2005
KUKA Robotics Corp. has announced its newest KUKA college training center. The company has selected Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) to operate its new national robotics training center at the college's Appleton, Wis., facility.
FVTC will teach 27 different program application and maintenance classes to the company's customers. It also will utilize the company's robots and software to offer the college's enrolled student base courses in manufacturing systems, metal fabrication/welding, and machine tool technician.
The company's college program was developed for robot service technicians, programmers, and administrators. Courses are offered in robot programming, servicing, and cell design. The curriculum includes a training program for qualification as a KUKA Certified Robot Professional. Graduates' skills are verified and documented by means of a final examination in each area, leading to a diploma as a certified professional in one of three technical fields: robot technician, robot programmer, or robot administrator.
The new training center, projected to open in August 2005, will be located in FVTC's new Manufacturing Technology Partnership Center, a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility located near the college's Appleton campus. As part of the agreement, the company will install approximately $1 million worth of equipment and software in existing labs and fully train select FVTC faculty.