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In order to become a robotics-arm programmer is it necessary to take a course offered by a specific robotics-arm brand (for exmaple, KUKA, ABB, Mitsubishi)? Or is there another way I can learn? Thanks!

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Johnathan Rankin - Automated Systems Specialist
Nidec Minster Corporation
johnathan [dot] rankin [at] minster.com
(419) 628-2331

You do not need to attend manufacturers classes, although they are typically a very good investment. Many technical schools have courses in industrial robot programming. You can also learn on the job trough your employer. There are some good resources on YouTube that can give you a good introduction but further training will be needed. The more resources you can use the more well rounded you will be. Keep this in mind. Most manufacturers classes will be generic because they need to cater to many different customers and applications. This is fine for basic and intermediate programming. Once you become an advanced programmer, you will learn more from on the job training. Also, all of the robot companies use their own programming languages so learning one brand will not help you much for the others. You have a good foundation for the concepts of other brands but training will be needed. I am fluent in 4 robot languages and it has taken many years to get there.

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