The Departments of KING TeC
The Mechanical Department
The Mechanical Department focuses on the design and creation of the robot’s frame, manipulator and other specialized parts. This department also works with the CAD (Computer Aided Design) department during the early weeks of the build season to design the robot.
The Electrical Department
The Electrical Department works to construct all of the electrical components both on and off the robot. In addition to the main control board, the Electrical Department is also in charge of making sure all of the pneumatics on the robot are in working condition. This department works closely with the Mechanical department.
The Business Department
The Business Department organizes many events for KING TeC and works to make sure the team and all of our programs run smoothly. Additionally, this department creates the Business Plan submission and works to win the Entrepreneurship Award. The Business Department also serves as the contact to our sponsors and maintains sponsor relationships. The Business Department works closely with the Marketing and Public Relations departments.
The Chairman’s Department
The Chairman’s Department creates the submission for the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award that FIRST grants. It is awarded to teams who exemplify the ideals of FIRST and who spread STEM throughout their community and beyond. The submission consists of a 10,000 character essay, a 3-minute video, an executive summary, and a speech given to the judges at competitions. The Chairman’s Department utilizes the experiences provided by our team’s community outreach to provide the content for the different components of the submission. In this department, writing, speaking, and people skills are essential. This department works closely with the Business and Media departments.
The Programming Department
The Programming Department is responsible for programming the robot during build season. In addition to creating both the autonomous and the drive programs, the Programming department works on maintaining the team’s various apps. These apps include the FRC Six Week Survival Guide and the Scouting app. The Programming department works closely with the Mechanical and Strategy departments.
The Media Department
The Media Department is responsible for taking photos and videos at all major team events. It also works to create and maintain the team website. During build season, this department works closely with the Chairman’s department to create the Chairman’s video. The Media department also works closely with the Marketing and Public Relations departments throughout the year.
The Strategy Department
It is the Strategy Department’s job to create a set of objectives the robot must follow on the field. This ranges anywhere from the starting position in a certain autonomous program, to which game objectives will be fulfilled during a match and how. It is also the Strategy Department’s job to utilize scouting data during competition to create a pick list for alliance selection. A strategy is needed to define what is most important in a game, such as the main scoring element, as well as other objectives that must be accomplished. This department works closely with the Mechanical and Programming departments.
The CAD Department
The CAD Department is responsible for the CAD of the robot. After the inital designs for the robot have been made, the CAD Department works to turn those initial designs and requirements into a 3D digital representation. This department also produces highly accurate drawings from which the mechanical department can produce parts. KING TeC uses PTC Creo as our CAD software. The CAD Department works closely with the mechanical department.
The Spirit Department
The Spirit Department is responsible for the upkeep of team morale both at competitions and at home. This department leads the cheers and chants during competitions. The Spirit Department represents the essence of KING TeC while the robot competes on the field.
The Marketing Department
The Marketing Department works to promote KING TeC as a brand. This department works closely with the Media Department to create KING TeC merchandise. The media department also works with the Spirit department.
The Public Relations Department
The Public Relations Department is in charge of managing KING TeC’s relations with the general public. Public Relations helps advertise KING TeC’s events and programs, reaching out to local and regional media to raise public awareness about FIRST. This department works closely with the Media and Marketing departments.