The Industrial Automation Technical Diploma is a 24 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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MACHINE CONTROL 1: LADDER LOGIC FUNDAMENTALS (10620151)

1.00

Introduces ladder logic symbols and diagrams used in industrial control circuits. Safety standards and procedures are reviewed and implemented. Discrete industrial devices are also studied including switches, relays, timers, and motor starters.

MACHINE CONTROL 2: MOTOR AND ACTUATOR CONTROL (10620152)

1.00

Develop motor and other actuator control and power circuits. The student will utilize typical industrial manufacturing controls. Basic machine sequence control circuits are developed using computer aided design and simulation software.

MACHINE CONTROL 3: SENSORS AND MACHINE SAFETY (10620153)

1.00

Introduces solid state motor controls and proximity and photo sensors. Machine sequence control circuits are developed using programmable logic relays (PLRs) with computer based ladder logic programming and simulation software and then connected and tested in the lab.

ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF ROBOTIC CONTROL (10620154)

1.00

Introduces a basic understanding of a robot system. Topics studied include robot safety, controls and basic programming. The students will learn robotic program development.

ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS 2: ROBOTIC SYSTEM COMPONENTS AND SOFTWARE (10620155)

1.00

Develop a string understanding of the robot control system. Topics studied include creating and editing robot frames, branching and system IO and program control.

INDUSTRY WORKPLACE SAFETY (10620172)

1.00

Introduces General Industry Safety Practices and is intended to provide an entry level worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards in a general industry setting. An OSHA 10 General Industry certification will be obtained with completion of the course. In addition, lab specific safety will be covered. OSHA has some very specific rules for receiving the certification card for OSHA 10. OSHA 10 Cards can only be issued to students in the face-to-face classes who attend every class. OSHA will not allow anyone taking this course in an online/flex format to receive a certification card. If you need the OSHA 10 card upon completion of this course, please be sure you are enrolled in the face-to-face section.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • OSHA® 10 Certification

ELECTRICAL FABRICATION (10660118)

1.00

Develops the principles of electrical fabrication. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of interpreting engineering drawings, wiring machine components and troubleshooting electrical panels.

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INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 1 - DIRECT CURRENT ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS (10660123)

1.00

Introduces the fundamental principles of direct current (DC) and the effects of resistance, capacitance and inductance operating within the DC electrical and magnetic fields. Circuit analysis utilizes project based labs where students experience the practical application of Ohm’s, Watt’s, Kirchhoff’s and Lenz’s laws. Learning experiences in IET 1 will be continued and expanded upon in IET 2.

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INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 2 - ALTERNATING CURRENT ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS (10660124)

1.00

Introduces the fundamental principles of alternating current (AC) and the effects of resistance, capacitance and inductance operating at 60 Hertz (Hz) single phase within the AC electrical and magnetic fields. Circuit analysis uses project based labs where students experience the practical application of Ohm’s, Watt’s, and Faraday’s laws. Learning experiences in IET 2 build upon those in IET 1 and will be continued and expanded upon in IET 3.

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COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS (10804195)

3.00

This course covers those skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatories and the binomial theorem.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Algebra

COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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INDUSTRIAL MOTORS 2: DC/AC VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR DRIVES (10620160)

1.00

Introduces industrial motor drives including the most common types of DC and AC variable speed motor drives. Constant speed, torque and power operation modes, as well as the various solid state motor drive power control schemes and applications are discussed. Remote control and monitoring signals and system integration techniques are introduced. Labs include multiple vendor motor drive programming, connection, integration and testing as well as drive network communications, control and monitoring.

SERVO SYSTEMS 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (10620161)

1.00

Applies the principles of industrial control systems. Students learn the fundamentals of operating various industrial control systems including open/closed loop servo-hydraulics and PID control systems.

SERVO SYSTEMS 2: MOTION CONTROL SYSTEMS (10620162)

1.00

Introduces the principles of motion control. Multi-axis CNC machines are operated using G-Code programming and CAM software. Servo motors, stepper motors and feedback devices are studied using hands on lab activities.

PLC 1: PLC FUNDAMENTALS AND BIT BASED INSTRUCTIONS (10620164)

1.00

Introduces PLC hardware setup, software applications and system configuration. Basic industrial control problems are solved using Bit Based Instructions. Various kinds of sensors and other input devices will be applied to the PLC. Output devices will be controlled by the PLC.

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PLC 2: TIMERS, COUNTERS AND PROGRAM CONTROL (10620165)

1.00

Incorporates PLC Timer, Counter and Program Control instructions used in industrial manufacturing processes.

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PLC 3: DATA, MATH, SEQUENCER AND SHIFT INSTRUCTIONS (10620166)

1.00

Incorporates Data, Math, Sequencer and Shift Register control instructions used in industrial manufacturing processes.

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PLC 4: ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONS AND PROGRAMMING (10620167)

1.00

Introduces Advanced Instruction and Programming techniques by exploring and configuring analog and digital scaling values, data management, PLC vision and PLC Proportional Integral derivative (PID) process control. Learners will apply these PLC functions in real world industrial applications.

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PLC 5: INDUSTRIAL NETWORKING (10620168)

1.00

Introduces PLC networking and data base collection. Learners will explore effective network communication schemes between PLC system components. Machine and process control systems require that programmable controllers be interconnected, so that data can be passed among them easily to accomplish the control task. Learners will explore these PLC Network communications through real world examples

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INTRO TO MICROCONTROLLERS (10660121)

1.00

Introduces the microcontroller, a tiny computer which uses digital inputs and outputs to control electrical/electronic circuits. A Basic Stamp microcontroller will be programmed via a USB port to a PC using a PBASIC editor program. It will then be connected to digital inputs such as switches and sensors and used to control output circuits such as LED displays, DC motors, relays, buzzers and servo motors.

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INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 3 - ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND DEVICES (10660125)

1.00

Introduces the fundamentals associated with the properties of silicon controlled devices used in industry. Both DC and AC operating characteristics will be explored as well as the application of silicon controlled devices used in industrial circuit controls. Circuit analysis utilizes project based labs where students experience the practical application of skills learned in IET 1 and 2.

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AUTOCAD ELECTRICAL (10664101)

1.00

Introduces fundamentals with NFPA Standards the student will learn how to use many of the powerful electrical drawing creation tools in the AutoCAD Electrical software. Activities include create schematic drawings (ladder logic and point to point), panel drawings, and PLC-I/O circuits using automated commands for symbol insertion, component tagging, wire numbering, and drawing modification. In addition, they are introduced to methods of customizing AutoCAD Electrical symbols, circuits, and databases.

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INTRODUCTION TO SAFETY PLC PROGRAMMING (10664110)

1.00

Introduces the concept of setting up and programming various safety devices including GuardMaster Smart sensors, Programmable safety relays and safety PLC’s, The course will focus on how to setup, program and integrate safety components into your automation project.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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