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July 06, 2020

Electrical Foundations Professional Development Available

By Vu Nguyen

We are excited to announce the Electrical Foundations Professional Development available through our Anytime Online Training

Electrical Foundations focuses on the foundational concepts around basic electricity and how circuits work. In this course, students learn how to use multimeters to measure various parts of a circuit. Students learn how to control signals using a microcontroller, how to utilize binary sensors like Limit Switches, and analog sensors like an Ultrasonic Sensor. The culminating project is an e-panel consisting of all of the components found in a typical robotic system.

In this course, educators learn how to teach Electrical competencies that real-world robotics technicians use every day. We purposefully have chosen low-cost materials and solutions to make this course more accessible. The majority of the cost is re-usable items such as the tools (e.g. Multimeter, Wire Cutter/Stripper, Crimper) and Arduino micro controller parts. The materials needed for the course can be found at common electronics sites. You can find the list of materials on our Google Sheet


Electrical Foundations is one of five courses developed as part of the Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training (SMART) Project. It is the second offering that is in our new Anytime Online training. This allows educators to partake in our training at their own pace, without the need to be on during a specific time slot. 


Electrical Foundations utilizes the Arduino micro-controller in the second half of the course to teach concepts such as controlling signals, and getting input from sensors like the Limit Switch or Distance Sensor. 


Educators can enroll in the professional development through our CMU Bookstore, or with a Purchase Order. Visit the Electrical Foundations Professional Development page for more information. If you have any questions, email us at