Paul D. Camp Community College Robotics Program lays foundation for transfer, career

Professor LorenzAssistant Professor of Electronics/Mechatronics/Robotics David Lorenz explains a procedure to the robotics students at PDCCC
A field that affords varied opportunities in the job market has Paul D. Camp Community College students feeling secure about the program of study they have chosen.
“This program gives you experience in electronics, machines, robots, programming and software engineering,” said Assistant Professor David Lorenz about the robotics program at PDCCC.
“From here, you can apply those skills to a job in any manufacturing company. It’s also a lot of fun.”
Robotics program student Joe Saunders recommends the course of study to current and prospective students, whether they are interested in continuing their education at a four-year school or going straight to work.
“Everything is new and exciting,” he said. “All of the programs are up-to-date, so you’re learning with the very best equipment available. Even students who aren’t looking to go into the field of engineering or robotics should check out some of the classes because they are just a blast.” He plans on becoming a machine operator for Sumitomo Corporation.
Students have the opportunity at PDCCC to learn and interact with Lorenz in a small class setting rather than listening to a lecture series. “In this class, almost everything is hands on,” he said.
Students train with a FANUC Robot, the same caliber as robots used in the industry setting.
“This allows students to get ahead in the workplace,” said Lorenz. “Being able to learn and use this robot before employment at an industry makes a student very marketable to an employer.”
Robotics student Larry Minggia sought out the program to learn everything he can about electronics and programming. “It was difficult to understand that everything I was trying to do was much easier than I initially thought,” he said. “I was trying to do all of these ‘big fixes’ when really the solution was simple.”
Minggia has developed a knack for the program and now knows where his future is heading. “I found my love for programming and building here in these classes,” he said. “I want to transfer to Old Dominion University to earn a degree in electronics and engineering.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are many job opportunities in the robotics field including electro-mechanical technicians and electrical/electronics engineering technicians, which earned a median pay of $53,070 and $59,820, respectively, in 2014.
Rhonda Hingerty Larry Almond Dylan BealeRhonda Hingerty, from left, Dylan Beale and Larry Almond execute hands-on learning using a FANUC Robot.