Industrial Automation A.A.S. (INR)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as a technician in an industrial environment which has automated assembly or processing equipment. The program provides students with knowledge and experiences in the areas of analog and digital electronics, fluid power, robotics, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), so that they are prepared for the “high-technology” methods employed by industry. Graduates will assist engineers in the design, construction, testing, and repair of industrial automation equipment.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • connect components into basic electrical circuits and use multimeters to verify circuit operation.
  • determine how the different configurations of capacitance, inductance, and resistance affect the instantaneous voltages and resultant instantaneous currents.
  • connect digital circuits common to computers, such as logic gates, flip flops, counters, and arithmetic circuits, into functioning circuits.
  • write application programs using the BASIC computer language.
  • draw the architecture of a typical microprocessor and explain the operation of each section on the microprocessor.
  • use the instruction set to write assembly language programs to control the operation of the microprocessor.
  • construct and experimentally verify the operation of standard electronic circuits, such as power supplies, amplifiers, and oscillators.
  • use electrophysical sensors to measure such conditions as light, heat, pressure, and motion to control and operate power devices.
  • use a programmable logic controller to control specific process control operations.
  • use operational amplifiers as a component in a variety of circuits, such as amplifiers, regulators, and active filters.
  • interpret data sheets of various integrated circuits to select the proper integrated circuit for a given application.
  • apply knowledge of sensing devices to measure parameters for a robot to perform specific tasks.
  • interpret hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical schematic diagrams as related to robotic systems.
  • write programs to control robot functions.
  • analyze and repair defective circuits in test equipment and control devices.
  • perform operational tests on a variety of hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
  • work from handbooks, catalogs, and other informational sources to obtain the data necessary for selecting a machine component.
  • use computer graphics equipment to draw required parts or mechanisms.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills by writing technical reports based on laboratory experiences.
  • demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving abilities by analyzing a nonfunctioning electrical circuit, determining the problem, and restoring circuit operation.
  • demonstrate interpersonal relations, teamwork, and work ethics through group laboratory projects.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 110 Fundamentals of Technology 3
ELE 120 DC Circuits 4
ELE 130 Digital Fundamentals 4
MET 104 Manufacturing 3
Semester Total 14
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 103 Fluid Power 3
ELE 165 AC Circuits 4
ELE 175 Introduction to Microprocessors 4
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
MAT 130* Industrial Mathematics 3
Semester Total 17
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 240 Industrial Automation 3
ELE 210 Electronic Circuits 4
ELE 215 Industrial Electronics 2
ELE 235 Programmable Controllers 2
MTD 200 Introduction to Mechanisms 3
PHY 201 Introduction to Physics I 4
Semester Total 18
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 107** Writing in the Workplace 3
MET 111 Computer-Aided Drafting 4
MET 115 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 3
Elective Social Science/Humanities 6
Elective General Education 3
Semester Total 19
Credit Total 68

*MAT 160 or higher level course will also satisfy the mathematics requirement. 

**ENG 106 may be substituted for ENG 107.