OCC students inherit GM assembly plant robots

General Motors donated two plant floor robots valued at $20,000 to Oakland Community College’s robotics program today.
The robots will help prepare students for manufacturing jobs that will help boost the local economy, said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer.
“Advanced manufacturing is Michigan’s future,” Meyer said. “Robotics obviously is a very critical component of advanced manufacturing.”
Students will use the robots to learn operations, basic and advanced programming and functions, vision and simulation. These concepts are applied in practical applications, such as, spot welding, MIG welding, material cutting and material handling.
“This donation is part of an annual effort by GM to get robots that are no longer needed due to process changes, into the hands of students who are training to be the next generation of engineers and technicians,” said Bob Berger, GM Manufacturing Robotics engineer located at the Warren Tech Center. “These are hard to come by robots that allow students to learn controls engineering and other robotics-related jobs by actively working on actual robot technology used in the automotive industry.”
The robots came from GM’s Fairfax Assembly plant. GM is the only vehicle manufacturer to donate robots to OCC, which offers an Associate Degree in Robotics Automation Technology.
“Robotics is part of the technologies the students need to be viable for 21st century manufacturing,” said OCC Robotics Faculty John Sefcovic. “Students need to know how the technology fits into the larger picture in the age of digital manufacturing. The robots will allow student to gain practical experience from simulation to implementation and how technological functions interrelate.”
With five campuses throughout Oakland County OCC is the largest community college in Michigan and the 25th largest in the nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. Nearly a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.