Automated Storage and Distribution

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 112

       Course Name: Automated Storage and Distribution

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides a general background of fundamental manufacturing concepts, practices and current technical procedures. Content includes specific studies for those interested in manufacturing and related business practices and industries, who wish to expand their knowledge of manufacturing techniques, operations, production of parts, various elements of automation of factories, and supply chain technology. The course covers fundamentals of material handling mechanics and career awareness as it relates to manufacturing and supply chain functions.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Implementing supply chain methods defined by various technical programs used to keep the plant running smoothly with as high a level of productivity level as possible.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of sensors and tracking devices.
  2. Acquire a technical skill set to support:  heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects related to heat and temperature control, humidity, air distribution.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic HVAC controls using PLC’s.
  3. Acquire technical skills to support:  automation and robotics projects.  Utilize end of Arm Tooling to manipulate items using pick and place and palletizing programs.
    1. Write a pick and place program.
  4. Implement supply chain technologies in transportation, shipping and receiving and programs.
    1. Use GIS to track products.
  5. Understand how to implement programmable logic controllers (PLC) and robotic automation projects to improve production efficiency and plant safety.
    1. Write a ladder logic program to control a conveyor.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to the Automated Warehouse
  2. Career Awareness, Industry Certifications, Supply Chain Principles
  3. Certification
    1. Certified Production Technician (CPT)
    2. Certified Logistics Technician (CLS)
  4. Safety Function and Strategy
    1. Planning, Accountability and Reporting
    2. Codes and Standards
    3. Emergency Shut Off Devices
    4. Personal Protection Equipment
    5. Hazardous Materials
    6. Technician Safety
    7. Fire Safety and Prevention
    8. First Aid
  5. Materials Handling Equipment
    1. Material Handling Equipment
    2. Industrial Trucks
    3. Engineering Systems
    4. Automate Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
    5. Industrial Robots
    6. Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
    7. Maintenance Processes
    8. Prioritization
    9. Record Keeping
    10. Activities
  6. Fundamentals of Mechanics
    1. Overview
    2. Measurement
    3. Tools and Application
    4. Physical Properties
    5. Structures
    6. Lifting and Piping
    7. Mechanical Drives
    8. Fasteners
  7. Electrical Principles
    1. Overview
    2. Electrical Safety
    3. Electrical Principles
    4. Circuits and Diagrams
    5. Prints
    6. Power Distribution
    7. Test Equipment
    8. Solid State Semiconductor Devices
    9. Controls
  8. Hydraulics/Pneumatics
    1. Hydraulics Overview
    2. Pneumatics Overview
  9. Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
    1. Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Basics
  10. Scanning and Optical Sensors
    1. Overview
    2. Optical Sensors (Light)
    3. Hall Effect Sensors (Magnetism)
    4. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
    5. Piezoelectric
    6. Trouble Shooting
  11. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    1. Overview
    2. Physical Properties
    3. Air Distribution
    4. Heating
    5. Refrigeration Cycle
    6. Controls
    7. Automation Systems
    8. Energy Management
    9. Maintenance
  12. Welding
    1. Overview
    2. Gas Welding and Cutting
    3. Arc Welding
    4. Wire Feed Welding
    5. Welding Safety and Precautions
  13. Work Place Communications
    1. Work Place Communications
    2. Activities
    3. Questions to Consider

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, class discussion, familiarization of equipment, films and videos may be used to supplement the text materials.  Appropriate handouts may also be included.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attendance, participation in class discussions, assigned readings in the textbook, written and verbal assignments may all be required throughout the course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text and materials from the National Center for Supply Chain Education Center. Supplemental videos and handouts.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be based on the students’ demonstration of proficiency with course objectives as determined by the instructor. The following are representative methods for measuring proficiency: class discussion, in- and out-of-class individual and group assignments, and activities and projects, attendance and participation, internet-based activities, quizzes and/or tests.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.