• Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) 

    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

    * Outline subject to change 

    Materials Needed for IED:

    • 1 Inch 3 ring binder
    • 5 dividers
    • Mechanical Pencil .7 led (regular wooden pencils are fine – mechanical works better)
    • Eraser
    • Calculator – not on daily basis

    College Credit Opportunity:

    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.