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Industrial Automation Certificate (INRC)

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.

The program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a technician in an industrial environment that uses automated assembly or processing equipment. Students are provided with knowledge and experiences in the areas of analog and digital electronics, fluid power, and robotics. The program also provides individuals currently employed as maintenance personnel an opportunity to update their technical knowledge and skills with training and experiences using state-of-the-art hightechnology equipment. All courses in the program may be applied to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Industrial Automation.

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

  • connect components into basic electrical circuits and use multimeters to verify circuit operation.
  • connect digital circuits common to computers such as logic gates,flip flops, counters and arithmetic circuits into functioning circuits.
  • use a microcomputer instruction set to write assembly language programs to control the operation of the microprocessor.
  • use a Programmable Logic Controller to control specific process control operations. 
    interpret hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical schematic diagrams.
  • write programs to control robot functions.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills by writing technical reports based on their laboratory experiences.
  • demonstrate an ability to use and apply mathematical quantitative reasoning to design basic functional electronic circuits.
  • demonstrate critical thinking and 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.
  • demonstrate an ability to use and work with computers by writing laboratory reports using a word processing package.
  • demonstrate use of computer software packages to simulate circuit operation and measurements.
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First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 110 Fundamentals of Technology 3
ELE 120 DC Circuits 4
Semester Credits 7
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 103 Fluid Power 3
ELE 130 Digital Fundamentals 4
MAT 130 Industrial Mathematics * 3
Semester Credits 10
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BGT 240 Industrial Automation 3
ELE 235 Programmable Controllers 2
MET 104 Manufacturing 3
Semester Credits 8
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ELE 165 AC Circuits 4
ELE 175 Intro to Microprocessors 4
MET 115 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 3
Semester Credits 11
Total Credits 36

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

Industrial Automation (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Books: 2,200 Fees: 972 Tuition: 3,600
Books: 2,200 Fees: 1,296 Tuition: 7,200
Out of State    
Books: 2,200 Fees: 1,620 Tuition: 10,800
Schuylkill County    
Books: 2,200 Fees: 1,296 Tuition: 5,400
  • On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered
  • More cost information can be found here: Tuition & Fees

Length of Program Intended time to complete: 24 months