British Columbia Institute of


ACIM 6010 - Introduction to CNC and Robotics

AutomatedControls Instal&Maint Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course introduces applications of electrically-driven positioners that were previously studied in the programmable logic controller (PLC) and variable frequency drives (VFDs) and servos courses. Electrically driven positioning systems are compared with hydraulically and pneumatically actuated positioning systems. Students will learn to recognize special safety and installation requirements for equipment that operates autonomously. Lab work for the CNC component will take place in the BCIT machine shop. For the introduction to robotics, students will be required to purchase a controller and small servo motors that will ultimately engage a robotic device in a BCIT lab.


ACIM 5030 and ACIM 5040



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the Canadian Electrical Code to the installation of CNC machine tools and robots.
  • Troubleshoot positioners and feedback devices encountered in CNC and robotic systems.
  • Interpret hydraulic and pneumatic schematic diagrams.
  • Produce a program sequence for a simple workpiece on a PC simulator and then manufacture that actual piece on a CNC machine tool.
  • Assemble and load microprocessor programs for a small training robot and modify programs to achieve specified motion sequences.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

ACIM 6010 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate


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