Almost all manufacturing processes employ mechanical, electro-mechanical, and computers to control devices and systems that are used to produce products. This workshop provides a brief overview of controls and sensors and then focuses on one of the most common devices used in automated control systems: Relays. You will learn how relay circuits work and how they are used to control both simple and complex processes. A key element of the workshop is the development of “Prototype Project” in which you will create and operate a device to automatically control a water pump. The intention of this project and the focus on relays is to develop a viable mental model of a real control system that you can use as a “prototype” to build upon as you learn more complex systems. The workshop also introduces you to computer controlled systems and provides experience in actually creating a computer program to control a device.