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Automation Engineering Technology Program Code 106641

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Automation Engineering Technology program responds to industry’s need for system-level technicians who can work with integrated machine systems that might involve industrial automation, robotics, mechanics, computers, industrial communications and/or electronics technology. These technicians are in high demand to coordinate the higher end control platforms and networking that support automated mechanical systems.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

. Controls Designer

. Automation Technician

. Controls Technician

. Engineering Technician

. Controls Engineer in Training

. Automation Engineer in Training

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 904621, Industrial Maintenance Certificate

Program Outcomes

. Understand and apply knowledge of electricity, electronics and motors to industrial applications.
. Read and interpret technical specifications, detail and assembly drawings, schematics, and diagrams for machine control.
. Document technical information through descriptive writing, sketches/diagrams, mathematical expression, computation, and graphs.
. Analyze electrical, mechanical, fluid control functions for proper machine programming and operation.
. Apply a variety programming languages to the control of single manufacturing cells, programmable controllers, computer networks, industrial networks and information systems using a dynamic data exchange.
. Construct ladder diagrams, flow charts, timing diagrams, and basic computer control algorithms for machine control.
. Understand and apply computer hardware/software applications to industrial systems.
. Apply diagnostic tools to troubleshoot and resolve system problems.
. Apply critical thinking skills to solving problems.
. Effectively communicate and perform in a team environment.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Reading Comprehension: 80; Sentence Skills: 75; Elementary Algebra: 61. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be granted pre-program status and will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmarks scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Beginning courses require mastery of algebra skills. For a description of algebra skills, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Automations Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
10-620-140 Machine Wiring and Safety
1
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
1
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
1
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
1
10-664-101 Automation 2: Motor Control
1
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
4
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
Elective
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-660-101 Digital 1: Logic
1
10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
1
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
1
10-664-102 Automation 3: PLC
1
10-664-103 Automation 4: PLC
1
10-664-104 Automation 5: PLC
1
** 10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
3
10-806-143 College Physics 1
3
Elective
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

10-605-157 Power Electronics 1: Devices
1
10-605-158 Power Electronics 2: Drives
1
10-606-109 Automation CAD 1
1
10-606-110 Automation CAD 2
1
10-620-159 Power Electronics 3: Drives
1
10-620-161 Power Electricity 1: Motors
1
10-620-162 Power Electricity 2: Motors
1
10-664-105 Automation 6: PLC
1
10-664-151 Automation 8: HMI
1
10-664-152 Automation 9: HMI
1
10-664-160 Control 1: Discrete Systems
1
10-664-161 Control 2: Process Systems
1
10-664-162 Control 3: Motion Systems
1
10-664-170 Safety Devices and Application
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-620-170 Robotics - Introduction to
1
10-620-172 Robotic Vision Systems
1
10-664-150 Automation 7: PLC
1
10-664-153 Automation 10: Network
1
10-664-163 Control 4: Drive Performance
1
10-664-164 Control 5: Servo Systems
1
10-664-165 Control 6: Servo Systems
1
10-664-189 Automation Systems Integration
3
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
62

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
** Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

Suggested Electives
Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics, 10-620-165
Fluids 4: Adv Hydraulics, 10-620-166
Mechanics 1: Basic, 10-620-121
Mechanics 2: Intermediate, 10-620-122
Mechanics 3: Systems, 10-620-123

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-605-157 POWER ELECTRONICS 1: DEVICES ...the device characteristics and applications of thyristors, power transistors, and switching devices. (Prerequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-605-158 POWER ELECTRONICS 2: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC and DC drives and basic setup and application of an industrial DC and AC drives to DC and AC motors.

10-606-109 AUTOMATION CAD 1 ...computer aided drawing packages specifically focused on the development and modification of electrical schematics utilized for controls of manufacturing equipment.

10-606-110 AUTOMATION CAD 2 ...in-depth investigation of more advanced functions and capabilities of CAD electrical drawing package.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-140 MACHINE WIRING AND SAFETY ...introduction to machine wiring, including basic documentation, labeling, and wiring practices; an overview of NFPA 70 machinery, safety and installation standards.

10-620-159 POWER ELECTRONICS 3: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC drives and application of industrial AC drives to AC motors. (Corequisite: 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives)

10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics.

10-620-162 POWER ELECTRICITY 2: MOTORS ...single and 3-phase AC Induction motors, specialty motor performance and characteristics, and three-phase power systems.. (Corequisite: 10-620-161, Power Electricity 1: Motors)

10-620-170 ROBOTICS - INTRODUCTION TO ...introductory study of the application, operation, programming and troubleshooting of industrial robots.

10-620-172 ROBOTIC VISION SYSTEMS ...setting up user frames, calibrating robot camera, identifying objects with robotic vision systems, creating programs using object identification.

10-660-101 DIGITAL 1: LOGIC ...AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, logic operation using switch logic, ladder logic, and gate logic. Simplification methods using Boolean theorems and Karnaugh Maps, and timing diagram analysis.

10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE ...study of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.

10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)

10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting.

10-664-103 AUTOMATION 4: PLC ...troubleshooting a PLC system, applying Event Sequencing, developing PLC applications, applying timer instructions and counter instructions. (Corequisite: 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC)

10-664-104 AUTOMATION 5: PLC ...application, troubleshooting, and implementation of program control, math and data move instructions, analog I/O modules, and producing a PLC program from specification. (Corequisite: 10-664-103, Automation 4: PLC)

10-664-105 AUTOMATION 6: PLC ...programming a PLC system to operate a discrete and analog process adhering to a functional specification or timing diagram. (Prerequisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-150 AUTOMATION 7: PLC ...timers, counters, and math instruction applications, creation of a function block program structure via written specification, and modification of existing PLC program to enhance operation utilizing advanced programming functions. (Prerequisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-151 AUTOMATION 8: HMI ...the functions of Human Machine Interface, Operator Interface Terminal software and generation of PLC program and screens adhering to written specification using Operator Interface Terminal and PLC software. (Corequisite: 10-664-105, Automation 6: PLC)

10-664-152 AUTOMATION 9: HMI ...advanced functions of Operator Interface Terminals, differentiation between Human Machine Interface and Operator Interface Terminal, basic setup, generation of PLC program, tags, and screen objects for Human Machine Interface system. (Corequisite: 10-664-151, Automation 8: HMI)

10-664-153 AUTOMATION 10: NETWORK ...industrial networks used in today's manufacturing environment and their foundation, proper system hardware of an industrial network installation, and use of an industrial network to communicate data via Industrial Ethernet. (Corequisite: 10-664-152, Automation 9: HMI)

10-664-160 CONTROL 1: DISCRETE SYSTEMS ...applications and utilization of motion feedback devices, force measurement devices, temperature sensors, and fluid measurement devices. (Prerequisite:10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC OR 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-161 CONTROL 2: PROCESS SYSTEMS ...Open-loop versus closed-loop systems, industrial control systems, two-position control and its applications, PID control and its applications, and relationship between process response and proper mode of control. (Corequisite: 10-664-160, Control 1: Discrete Systems)

10-664-162 CONTROL 3: MOTION SYSTEMS ...hydraulic and pneumatic proportional/servo valves, servo motors, configuration and programming of an analog motion control system. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Process Systems)

10-664-163 CONTROL 4: DRIVE PERFORMANCE ...DC and AC drive system performance, specification of AC and DC drive control methods for given application, and integration of a drive system into a control network. (Prerequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Process Systems)

10-664-164 CONTROL 5: SERVO SYSTEMS ...motion control troubleshooting and fault recovery, advanced motion control programming, integration of motion control system and motion control network. (Corequisite: 10-664-163, Control 4: Drive Performance)

10-664-165 CONTROL 6: SERVO SYSTEMS ...development and verification of motion control components and programming given description of operation, and leading technologies for advanced motion control. (Corequisite: 10-664-164, Control 5: Servo Systems)

10-664-170 SAFETY DEVICES AND APPLICATIONS ...introduction to the function of commonly used machinery safety devices, wiring of these devices to complete safety circuits, overview of safety system design. (Prerequisites: 10-664-101, Automation 1: Control Logic)

10-664-189 AUTOMATION SYSTEMS INTEGRATION ...coordination and application of automation technologies into an integrated and automated manufacturing system. (Prerequisites:10-620-159, Power Electronics 3:Drives; 10-620-162, Power Electricity 2: Motors; 10-664-152, Automation 9: HMI; 10-664-162, Control 3: Motion Systems; 10-620-101, Fluids 2:Basic Hydraulics)

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Algebra=61 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better or equivalent AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-CM=63 or ACT-Math 24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.