Control System Advisor Feb. 21 2017| 7.2 MB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Technical, Training, Volunteer

The FIRST Control System Advisor is a volunteer who assists teams with Robot Control System-related issues. Works in collaboration with the FIRST Technical Advisor and/or Robot Inspectors, who may direct teams experiencing issues on the field or in the pits to the CSA for assistance. This position requires a high level of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, and has the ability to affect the quality of the event.


  • Assist teams in correcting Robot Control System Issues such as those related to the roboRIO, support boards such as the Pneumatics Control Module, wiring, programming, sensors, driver station, and laptop-roboRIO interface
  • Assist teams with obtaining additional support as required
  • Be aware of problems that arise and be ready to take steps to quickly diagnose and correct, with the goal of getting teams' robots running and on the field
  • Participate in training opportunities offered by FIRST and other parties
  • Exhibit Gracious Professionalism and honor FIRST Core Values

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Recent hands-on experience with the FIRST Robotics Competition Control System and diagnostic tools required
  • Understanding of basic Control System wiring guidelines and rules
  • Proficiency in at least one fo the FIRST Robotics Competition software languages (LabVIEW, C++, or Java)
  • FIRST Robotics Competition team mentoring experience desired, but individual must be available full time at event as a resource for all teams present
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills in a high stress environment
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and move about the pit area
  • Knowledge of the competition game and robot rules

Time Commitment

  • Commitment: Minimum three days + Training
  • Approximate Times:
Day Times
Practice Day (the day before the competition) 8am - End of the Day
Day One of the Competition 8am - End of the Day
Day Two of the Competition 8am - End of the Day

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator, for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


  • CSA Training is available online through Schoology
    • ​To register for CSA Training, visit and create a free instructor account. Once logged in, select the "Courses" tab, choose "Join" and enter the Access Code: QP36G-J2MT3
  • Follow-up calls are held each Monday during the competition season.
  • Webinar information will be sent to assigned CSA’s only 

Weekly Webinars (All webinars will run from 8:30pm – 9:30pm ET)

  • Monday – February 27, 2017
  • Monday – March 6, 2017
  • Monday – March 13, 2017
  • Monday – March 20, 2017
  • Monday – March 27, 2017
  • Monday –  April 3, 2017
  • Monday – April 10, 2017 

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Supervision: FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) provides support and advice during the event