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Program Requirements

Automation Engineering Technology

Associate Degree  |  10-664-1

Start Dates: August, January

Effective: August 2024

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

605-118Basic Electronics with Digital2Program studentDC and AC circuit analysis from an Automation Engineering perspective. Topics covered include Ohm's Law, Watt's Law, series and parallel circuits. Fundamentals of digital circuits. Emphasis will be placed on troubleshooting and measurement of circuit parameters.

606-185Blueprint Reading1This course is designed with an emphasis on electromechanical technology related to automation, design, and manufacturing technology. Topics include orthographic projection and sketching, pictorial drawings, standard line types, title blocks, dimensioning, tolerancing, surface texture, threads, gearing design, section views, materials of the trade, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and computer automation used in manufacturing.

612-101Related Fluid Power2Overview of basic components, applications, and circuitry involved in hydraulics and pneumatics. Lecture and lab experiences involving pumps, valves, cylinders, fluids, and conditioners; basic theory and circuitry.

620-101Automated Processes2Electromechanical systems and processes used in modern manufacturing facilities. An overview of the manufacturing environment and the role of the electromechanical technician in that environment.

620-155Industrial Electronics I2Concepts of basic industrial control electronics. Fundamentals of ladder logic and control wiring. Reading and interpreting ladder logic, wiring diagrams, and one-line diagrams used in industry. Using Actrix Technical by Auto Desk to create ladder logic for applications. The importance of using wire numbers and wire color codes in accordance with NFPA 79 (National Fire Protection Association) standards. The students will work with and gain knowledge of the following components: transformers, power supplies, fuses, disconnect switches, circuit breakers, relays, solenoids, pressure switches, limit switches, timers, latching relays, push buttons, and selector switches.

620-193Electronic Software Applic2Consists of an introduction to computer software applications used in the Automation Engineering field. Topics include an introduction to the following software: AutoCAD Electrical, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

804-113College Technical Math 1A3Designed for the students who are preparing for a technical career, this course covers a variety of algebraic topics. These include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; measurement systems; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. Successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B is the equivalent of College Technical Math 1.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

605-136Electronic Control Devices2Program student; 605-107 or 605-118Electronic circuits and digital electronics from an Automation Engineering perspective. Topics covered include electronic switching and isolation devices. Emphasis will be placed on installation considerations, compatibility with other devices and troubleshooting.

620-135PLC Introduction2Instructor Permission | 620-155Principles of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) including programming the PLCs, creating basic ladder logic circuits containing basic logic functions, timers, counters, and sequencers. Emphasis is on basic PLC functions to assist one in servicing and troubleshooting PLC controlled equipment. The Allen Bradley PLC 5/03 and Micrologix family of PLCs are used. May get instructor approval instead of taking prerequisite(s).

620-144Applied EM Machine Principles2Basics of power transmission equipment operation, maintenance, and repair as applied to industrial machines, robots, and manufacturing line systems.

620-156Industrial Electronics II2620-155In-depth concepts of industrial control and power circuits. Counters, temperature controllers, forward and reversing motor starters, contactors and frequency drives. 3-phase AC motors, single-phase, split-phase AC motors, and DC motors. Mounting and wiring of PLCs, designing control systems for easy maintenance, industrial data communication, and quality control. Design, wire, and document control and power circuits to solve application problems.

801-136English Composition 13This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing, and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

806-154General Physics 14804-115 or 804-118 or 804-113 or 804-224 or 804-228An overview of various physics topics, routinely covered in an introductory physics course, is presented with appropriate accompanying experiments. Included topics are: mechanics, properties of materials, heat, and sound. In addition to the technical science information given, an ability to solve problems, responsibility and initiative is emphasized.


Third Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

620-136PLC Applications3620-135Design and add documentation to ladder logic programs to solve application problems. PLC applications examples as used in industry will be programmed on real industry equipment utilizing a wide variety of various sensors, photoelectric, proximity, motor drives, and control devices creating working automated systems.

620-145Industrial Robotics Systems2620-156Terminology, concepts, and components of robots, robot-type machines, and automation. Emphasis will be on interfacing automated machinery.

620-158Sensors2605-136 or 605-108This course investigates theory, application, and troubleshooting of various sensor technologies including wiring and testing of sensor configurations. This course covers non-contact sensing fundamentals and interfacing.

620-194Motion Control Applications2Program student; (620-156 and 620-135)This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the operation, programming, and wiring of AC induction motors and Drives, DC motors and Drives, Stepper motors and drives, and Servo motors and drives.

631-109Industrial Internet of Things2This course examines the personal computer and associated networks as it applies to the industrial environment. Computer architecture, hardware requirements and limitations, and troubleshooting are emphasized, as are the networking requirements to maintain information flow between the production floor and the business administrative functions.

809-199Psychology of Human Relations3Students will become acquainted with the basic theories and concepts of psychology and human behavior, enabling them to be more effective in their work and personal lives. A better understanding of human relations will help the individual adjust and grow in a complex society.


Fourth Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

605-152SCADA Concepts2620-136SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. This course will focus on industrial applications of acquiring data from PLC based equipment using industrial and Ethernet networks. Display of data will use industrial display terminals such as the Allen-Bradley Panel View and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet using DDE technology. Additional applications utilizing ASCII text strings and HyperTerminal will be investigated.

620-146Machine Troubleshooting Tech21st 8 Weeks | 612-101 and 620-136 and 620-144This course is a hands-on troubleshooting class which will expose the student to problems that they could encounter as an Automation Technician. PLCs, CNC, robotic, and automated control systems will be some of the possible areas and components they will be required to troubleshoot. Besides troubleshooting failures in electrical, pneumatic, and programming logic, the student may be required to modify, move or reprogram equipment. This course will be a culmination of the knowledge that the students have gained from the multitude of courses they have taken in the electromechanical program.

620-147Control Applications22nd 8 Weeks | 612-101 and 620-136 and 620-144This course is a hands-on control application class which will expose the student to problems that they could encounter as an Automation Technician. PLCs, CNC, robotic, and automated and motion control systems will be some of the possible areas and components they will be required to create control circuits and programs for. Besides creating and modifying existing control circuits the student will also be given new projects that will require fabrication and design of machinery. This course will be a culmination of the knowledge that the students have gained from the multitude of courses they have taken in the electromechanical program.

620-148Automated Systems Interfacing4620-136Hands-on interfacing of PLC's, operator interfaces, sensors, and various automated equipment to create a work cell level of automation. Gain experience in programming, wiring, and configuration. Learn the troubleshooting and programming of a more complex process.

620-150Instrumentation2620-158The student will learn how to measure the properties of temperature, pressure, flow, and level. Tuning PID loops and troubleshooting instrumentation systems. Transducers and control systems will be taught from a systems approach. Full-size industrial standard components and systems are used.

801-197Technical Reporting3801-136 or 801-219Prepares and presents oral and written technical reports. Types of reports may include lab and field reports, proposals, technical letters and memos, technical research reports, and case studies. Designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite introductory writing course with a grade of "D-".

809-195Economics3Designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.


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Minimum Program Credits Required: 61

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

Updated: 3/19/2024 10:42 a.m.  |  Printed: 6/23/2024 12:22 a.m.

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