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Automation Engineering Technology - Associate Degree

Program Code: 106641

As a graduate of the Automaton Engineering Technology program, you'll be ready to work with integrated machine systems that involve industrial automation, robotics, mechanics, computers, industrial communications and/or electronics technology. Your potential career opportunities include controls designer, automation technician, controls technician, engineering technician, controls engineer in training, and automation engineer in training.

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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

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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 or Intro to Reading and Study skills, 10-838-105 with a "C" or better; 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Automation Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-620-100
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
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
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-620-140
Machine Wiring and Safety
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-660-104
DC 1: Introduction
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-105
DC 2: Circuits
1
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; 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-100
Automation 1: Control Logic
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-101
Automation 2: Motor Control
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-804-113
College Technical Math 1A
3
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Elective 1
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-660-101
Digital 1: Logic
1
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.
10-660-107
AC 1: Properties
1
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 OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-108
AC 2: Reactance
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-102
Automation 3: PLC
1
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-103
Automation 4: PLC
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-104
Automation 5: PLC
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-804-114
College Technical Math 1B
2
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...this course is a continuation of College Technical Mathematics 1A. Topics include: measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; and trigonometric functions on the unit circle. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better) 2 cr. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-806-143
College Physics 1
3
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 Elem Algebra=61 or ACT-Math score=21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra w/Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=80 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Elective 1
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-605-157
Power Electronics 1: Devices
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-605-158
Power Electronics 2: Drives
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-606-116
CAD-Intro
1
10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING)-INTRODUCTION ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting, using AutoCAD software. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-606-212
CAD-ECD
1
10-606-212 CAD-ECD ...utilizing AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical, creation of electrical schematics, bills of material and panel layouts (Corequisites: 10-606-116, CAD-Intro; 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-620-159
Power Electronics 3: Drives
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-161
Power Electricity 1: Motors
1
10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-162
Power Electricity 2: Motors
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-105
Automation 6: PLC
1
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. (Corequisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-151
Automation 8: HMI
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-152
Automation 9: HMI
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-160
Control 1: Discrete Systems
1
10-664-160 CONTROL 1: DISCRETE SYSTEMS ...applications and utilization of digital input and output devices through connection to and programming of PLC's. (Prerequisite: 10-664-101, Automation 2; 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-664-161
Control 2: Servo Systems-Intro
1
10-664-161 CONTROL 2: INTRODUCTION TO SERVO SYSTEMS ...introduction to components and operational functions of servo systems. Control of servo systems using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-160, Control 1: Discrete Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-664-162
Control 3: Servo Motion Prog
1
10-664-162 CONTROL 3: SERVO MOTION SYSTEMS ...creation of PLC programming to complete basic motion tasks. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Servo Systems-Intro) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-664-170
Safety Devices and Application
1
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. (Prerequisite: 10-664-101, Automation 1: Control Logic) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-197
Technical Reporting
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-620-170
Robotics - Introduction to
1
10-620-170 ROBOTICS - INTRODUCTION TO ...introductory study of the application, operation, programming and troubleshooting of industrial robots. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-620-172
Robotic Vision Systems
1
10-620-172 ROBOTIC VISION SYSTEMS ...setting up user frames, calibrating robot camera, identifying objects with robotic vision systems, creating programs using object identification. (Co-requisite: 10-620-170, Robotics-Intro to) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-150
Automation 7: PLC
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-153
Automation 10: Network
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-163
Control 4: Servo System Camm
1
10-664-163 CONTROL 4: SERVO SYSTEM CAMMING ...introduction to components and operational functions of servo systems. Camming control of servo systems using PLC programming (Co-requisite: 10-664-162, Control 3: Servo Motion Programming) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-164
Control 5: Servo System Regist
1
10-664-164 CONTROL 5: SERVO SYSTEM REGISTRATION ...registration control of servo systems using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-163, Control 4: Servo Systems Camming) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-165
Control 6: Process Control
1
10-664-165 CONTROL 6: PROCESS CONTROL ...specification, calibration and application of process control devices using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-164, Control 5: Servo System Registration) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-189
Automation Systems Integration
3
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)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
63
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
. It is acceptable for students to take 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A and 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B as alternatives to: 10-804-117, College Mathematics and 10-804-118, Intermediate Algebra w/Apps.
. Students must pass 10-801-136, English Composition 1 with a "C" or better to take 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

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.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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