Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is pleased to announce the selection of Christopher Passante as the new Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor. Mr. Passante is a graduate of Pennridge High School/Upper Bucks Vocational Technical High School and received his Vocational II Teaching Certification through Temple University. Mr. Passante comes to EASTERN from Upper Bucks Technical Institute where he served as the Mechatronics Engineering Technology Instructor since 2016. Previous to Upper Bucks, Mr. Passante taught for 10 years at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.
With 29 years of trade and teaching experience in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and Automation field, Mr. Passante will build EASTERN’s program and develop local business partnerships that will benefit our students as they prepare for postsecondary and/or a career. Mr Passante has assisted several career and technical high schools develop similar programs in both Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Mr. Passante aided the Urban Institute in Washington DC to develop and vet a Competency Framework entitled “Mechatronics Installer” for a Registered Apprenticeship under ONET Code: 17-2199.05.
Mr. Passante holds the following industry certifications: Siemens Level 1 instructor in their “Systems Approach” philosophy to intelligent machine troubleshooting; Manufacturing Safety Skills Council (MSSC) in the areas of Manufacturing Awareness, Production Technician, and Production Technician Safety; National Institute of Manufacturing (NIMS) in the area of Maintenance Operations; and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) in the areas of Motors and Motor Controls.
“We are so pleased that Mr. Passante has accepted the Robotics and Automated Technology Instructor position,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “His extensive work experience and passion for the field is a great fit for EASTERN and will definitely be a valuable benefit to our students.”
In the Robotics and Automated Technology program students will learn to design and build robotic devices and diagnose and repair state-of-the-art automated equipment. Students will perform activities and obtain knowledge in areas such as electronics, robotics, mechanical systems, fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers, and control systems.