About the Automation and Robotics Training Center

ATRC building

Preparing Robotics Workforce

A program of Motlow State

Motlow State Community College has positioned itself to help meet the need for a trained workforce, which will mutually benefit Tennessee residents and industry, preparing our workforce and state for the future.

  • Provide robot company certifications to industry employees without leaving middle Tennessee
  • Train traditional and non-traditional post-secondary students for high-demand, high-wage jobs
  • Expand regional STEM and proven Mechatronics curriculum to include robotics training
  • Extend high school robotics programs into higher education opportunities
  • Attract new industry with new job opportunities to promote economic growth
  • Draw out-of-area training dollars into Warren County to stimulate economic growth

Automation and Robotics at Motlow State

The Automation & Robotics Training Center (ARTC) is located on 4.5 acres of land, donated by the Warren County Commission, adjacent to the Motlow State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Funding for the ARTC came from a $5.5 million grant awarded to Motlow State as part of the “Drive to 55 Capacity Fund”. The primary purpose of the ARTC is to train skilled workers to support existing and new industries throughout the area as they utilize more industrial robots.

Construction began on the 12,000-square-foot facility in June 2018 and will be completed in April 2019. The ARTC will begin offering industry training, certificate opportunities, and courses for credit in fall 2019.

The ARTC trains on ABB industrial robots and robot software, FANUC robots and robot software, and Motoman robotic systems. In addition, the ARTC offers automation training; including digital systems, sensors, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, programming and alarm management.

While automation and robotics highlight the ARTC training portfolio, we also offer a wide range of industry-recognized courses, customized corporate training, and work-based learning programs.

Robot training at the ARTC can be realized through two distinctive pathways: training for industry and job seekers, and instruction for college credit.

Robotics degrees and robotics industry-recognized training credentials will fuel workforce development for industry, meet existing demand for workers, create new jobs in robotics and automation, expand the tax base for the region, and help Tennessee reach its “Drive to 55” education goals.

Let us host your next meeting. Our mission includes hosting industrial, workforce, and economic development board meetings as well as adult and youth STEM outreach and high school tours.

Building highlights

Building highlights

  • Industry certification classes NLT May 2019
  • Five classrooms
  • Six high-bay, hands-on robotics labs
  • Five offices for highly-trained faculty and staff
  • Conference room to be shared as community meeting space
  • Grand foyer event space for trade shows, industrial recruitment, demonstrations, youth activities and community gatherings

Two paths to certification

The ARTC facility will house robots and training equipment manufactured by the top three international robot manufacturers: ABB, FANUC, and Yaskawa/Motoman. These training robots will be used to instruct industry employees and students in design, operation, and maintenance of industrial robots.

  1. Certification training for business and industry
  2. Degrees in Mechatronics and Robotics starting August 2019