• Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) 

    Course Description: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is the study of manufacturing planning, integration, and implementation of automation. The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems, and careers. In addition to technical concepts, the course incorporates finance, ethics, and engineering design. This reflects an integrated approach that leading manufacturers have adopted to improve safety, quality, and efficiency. 

    This course applies the principles of robotics and automatic machining applications together. The course builds upon the computer solid modeling skills developed in the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) course. Using skills from IED, students use Autodesk Inventor and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to produce actual three-dimensional models of their designs. Students are presented with multiple design problems that they must solve through the use of computer and machine automation. The equipment used in the manufacturing world of today.


    Unit 1 – Principles of Manufacturing

      - History of Manufacturing 

    - Control Systems 

    - Cost of Manufacturing 

    Unit 2 – Manufacturing Processes (CNC)

      - Designing for Manufacturability 

    - How We Make Things 

    - Product Development 

    - NC Program, Inventor, EdgeCAM, CNC

    Unit 3 – Elements of Automation (VEX) 

    - Introduction to Automation 

    - Elements of Power 

    - Robot Programming and Usage 

    Unit 4 – Integration of Manufacturing Elements 

    - Types of CIM Systems 

    - Integration of Manufacturing Elements 

    - Robotics, VEX

    *Subject to change due to covid 19

    Materials Needed for IED:

    • 1/2 - 1 Inch 3 ring binder
    • Mechanical Pencil .7 led (regular wooden pencils are fine – mechanical works better)

    Assessment Standards / Grading Practices: Grades will be calculated on a point basis.  Depending on the assignment or project will determine the point value assigned.  Daily work and participation grades will be based on completion of the engineering notebook, portfolio, or homework.  Quizzes, cumulative unit exams and a National PLTW DE Assessment will be given during the 40-week course. All assignments are due on the date that is given. Any assignment turned in after that point will be penalized for being late. Work that is being submitted late will not be accepted after one week of the due date.  Work submitted on time may be resubmitted to earn credit until the end of that marking period the assignment is due in.

    College Credit Opportunity: (Subject to change due to COVID-19) RIT offers PLTW students the opportunity to receive 3 undergraduate credits for five PLTW courses:  Introduction to Engineering Design (Design & Drawing for Production), Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering & Architecture.

    To qualify, students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on the end-of-year exam (6 equals a C; 7 equals a B; 8 and 9 equal an A), and have a class average of 85% or higher. The cost for each course is $225 and each course is worth three semester credits.

    *All students will already be taking the National PLTW IED Assessment at the end of the course which is one requirement for RIT college credits. More Details will follow towards the end of the year and will be sent home with students in the course.

    General Student Expectations: Please keep in mind that all classroom rules, and expectations must be followed whether in a physical classroom or in an online environment.

    • All students are expected to follow rules in student handbook.
    • All classroom rules, and expectations must be followed whether in a physical classroom or in an online environment.
    • Come prepared. (Pencil, engineering notebook, etc.)
    • Be on time to class.
    • Participate and be kind and respectful in classroom/online discussions.
    • Follow and use the lab and classroom rules.
    • Students are not permitted to access the storage areas without instructor permission.
    • Attending class is absolutely crucial since the CAD lab is only of open for a certain amount time after school and it will be very easy to fall behind if class is missed consistently.  Checking for missed assignments is your responsibility.
    • Yes, we all know that electronics are allowed in school, but their use in the classroom is by the teacher’s discretion.  There is no reason why your phone should be out during instructional time.  There will be times where you will need to use your phone to take pictures to document your projects.
    • Students are expected to stay in the classroom during class time and are especially expected to remain seated.  If you should need to use the restroom, the instructor must give a hall pass. Do not abuse bathroom privileges. One Student out of the classroom at a time.

    Disciplinary Action: Any act(s) of plagiarism will result in a grade of ZERO for all parties involved in that project and a phone call home to parents.  Any student who is disruptive in class, late, or insubordinate will receive a teacher detention (1 day after school 10th period).  If the student continues to disrupt class, arrive late, or insubordinate will be written up and a phone call home to parents.  If the student continues any of the above, the matter will be brought to the attention of the guidance counselors and administration and a parent/teacher conference will be requested.  In addition, all school guidelines found in the student handbook regarding discipline will be enforced. 


    If you have any questions concerning this course, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. Thank you for your cooperation.  I look forward to working with your son or daughter.


    Mr. Taber