Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology - AAS, Diploma and Certificate

The Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program is designed to prepare technicians to troubleshoot, service and fix the computerized control systems and robotic devices that are designed to reduce human interaction in manufacturing environments. Students will gain knowledge and apply skills in advanced electrical, electronic and robotics systems. Students will apply networking skills integrating to automated equipment encompassing robotic components, sensors, controllers, and computers to support autonomous work.

Keokuk campus

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
BUS-121 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 3
ELE-195 MOTOR CONTROLS 3
ELE-310 INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY 2
ELT-250 PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS 3
ELT-295 AC/DC FUNDAMENTALS 2
IND-163 OSHA AND PLANT SAFETY 2
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 18
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
EGT-142 FLUID POWER 1 2
EGT-143 FLUID POWER 2 2
ELE-116 BLUEPRINT READING 1
IND-104 INDUSTRIAL PUMPS 1
IND-141 POWER TRANSMISSION 2
MFG-209 MACHINE SHOP PRACTICES 3
MFG-520 PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE 2
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
TOTAL 16
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ELE-218 MOTION CONTROL 2
ELT-132 MOTOR DRIVES 1
ELT-262 ADVANCED PLC AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION (MECHATRONICS) 6
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
Take 1 of these courses:
HIS-151 US HISTORY TO 1877 3
HIS-152 US HISTORY SINCE 1877 3
PHI-101 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 3
PHI-105 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
ATR-118 AUTOMATION SYSTEMS 3
ATR-135 ADVANCED AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS 3
ELE-127 TROUBLESHOOTING 1
ELE-219 SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION 3
ELT-176 INSTRUMENTATION 3
Take 1 of these courses:
BIO-105 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY 4
ENV-111 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 4
PHS-151 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY 3
Take 1 of these courses:
CAD-114 AUTOCAD [ONLINE ONLY] 2
CAD-172 INTRODUCTION TO CAD: AUTO CAD (ONLINE ONLY) 2
TOTAL 18-19

BUS-121 - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Designed to help the student develop effective communication techniques necessary for general business messages. The course emphasizes application of these techniques through the composition and keyboarding of letters, memos, reports and some oral presentations. Prerequisite: the ability to keyboard class assignments in mailable form.

ELE-195 - MOTOR CONTROLS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course discusses Motor Controls, components, operation and service. Students will learn electric relay control of AC and DC electric motors found in industrial applications. Students will also learn industry-relevant skills including how to operate, install, design, and troubleshoot AC and DC motor control circuits.

ELE-310 - INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course discusses important properties of electricity and the common electrical elements found in industrial settings. Students will learn how to install and wire electrical components. Students will also learn how to layout a project; estimate wiring quantities, lengths, and sizes between panels and properly size and install conduit.

ELT-250 - PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course introduces students to PLC tasks such as programming, wiring, troubleshooting, communications, and advanced programming. Students will learn industrial relevant skills on how to operate, interface, program and troubleshoot PLC systems. Students will learn how to set up software drivers, log onto networks, upload and download projects, and search for documentation.

ELT-295 - AC/DC FUNDAMENTALS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course introduces students to the components used in most electronic circuits and how they are measured, tested and function. Students will learn the fundamentals of AC and DC electrical systems used for power and control in industrial applications. Students will learn how to operate, install, design and troubleshoot basic AC and DC electrical circuits.

IND-163 - OSHA AND PLANT SAFETY

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course relates OSHA as it applies to employers and employees engaged in a variety of businesses. Students will learn how OSHA applies to employers and employees in such varied fields as manufacturing, construction, agriculture as well as other work environments.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

EGT-142 - FLUID POWER 1

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course discusses the fundamentals of hydraulic technology. Students will learn hydraulic circuits, pumps, actuators, valves, fluid, safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Students will also learn how to operate, install, analyze performance and design hydraulic systems.

EGT-143 - FLUID POWER 2

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course discusses the fundamentals of pneumatic technology. Students will learn specific skills needed to understand the principles of pneumatics including circuits with compressed air power, air processing, valves, safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Students will learn industry skills including how to operate, install, analyze and design pneumatic systems.

ELE-116 - BLUEPRINT READING

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course discusses the specific data that is drawn on a blueprint and explains how to read and interpret the drawing format. Students will learn orthographic and isometric drawings to understand shapes, sizes, and dimensions. Students will study building terms and construction features of carpentry, masonry, electrical, mechanical and plumbing trades.

IND-104 - INDUSTRIAL PUMPS

Lecture: 0.5

Lab: 1

Credit: 1

This course discusses the principles and applications of centrifugal pumps. Students will learn centrifugal pump construction, uses, system properties, monitoring, and troubleshooting techniques. Students will also learn the skills they need to select, operate, install, maintain and repair the many different types of pumps used in industry.

IND-141 - POWER TRANSMISSION

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course discusses the fundamentals of mechanical transmission systems used in industry. Students will learn industrial skills on how to operate, install, analyze performance, and design basic mechanical transmission systems using chains, v-belts, spur gears, bearings, and couplings.

MFG-209 - MACHINE SHOP PRACTICES

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Classroom and hands on training will be provided in machine shop safety and the use of machine shop tools and machines. Training will include proper use of hand tools, measuring tools, milling machines, grinders, lathes, drills and saws.

MFG-520 - PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course discusses the principles of machinery oil analysis, thermography, ultrasonics and machine vibration. Students will learn how to properly diagnose an equipment failure. Students will also learn steps to prevent equipment failures and keep equipment running efficiently.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

ELE-218 - MOTION CONTROL

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course is an introduction to electronic motion control in industrial control systems. Students will work with motion control software, which communicates to servo controllers, servo drives, and motion controllers in industrial control systems. Precise torque, velocity, and position of rotary and linear prime movers or actuators are controlled with resolvers and encoders will also be studied.

ELT-132 - MOTOR DRIVES

Lecture: 0.5

Lab: 1

Credit: 1

This course discusses the fundamentals of motor drive operation and setup. Students will learn industrial AC electronic motor drives, which are used to provide accurate control of speed, position, and acceleration of industrial motors. Students will also learn industrial skills on how to operate, install, tune, and troubleshoot various industrial drives. Prerequisite: ELE-195.

ELT-262 - ADVANCED PLC AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION (MECHATRONICS)

Lecture: 2

Lab: 8

Credit: 6

This course introduces advanced topics in programmable logic controllers using the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and RSLogix 5000 programming software including programming input, output, bit, timer, counter, compare, move, and math instructions. Students will learn how to create and modify subroutines and configure devices. Students will learn industrial relevant skills on how to operate, program and troubleshoot PLC systems and learn system integration with, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and robotic devices.

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

HIS-151 - US HISTORY TO 1877

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of American social, political, economic and intellectual developments from the Colonial period to 1877.

HIS-152 - US HISTORY SINCE 1877

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of American social, political, economic and intellectual developments since 1877.

PHI-101 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A topical introduction to the major areas of philosophical inquiry.

PHI-105 - INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of the major ethical emphases from ancient to modem times with pertinent reading in the works of representative philosophers.

ATR-118 - AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course explains the operation and integration of Advanced Automation components to PLC hardware and software in industrial control systems.  Students will work with Allen Bradley CompactLogix 5000 PLC and RS Logix 5000, RS Linx, and RS FactoryTalk View ME software.  Students will also study how PLCs interface to HMIs, RFID, and barcode reading using Ethernet/IP networking control systems.

ATR-135 - ADVANCED AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course introduces basic robot operation of industrial process automation and programmed machine movement.  Students learn robot safety in automated work cells and safety integrated devices.  Students also study machine iRVision and automated control systems integrated with robots.

ELE-127 - TROUBLESHOOTING

Lecture: 0.5

Lab: 1

Credit: 1

This course introduces students to the fundamental sequence of steps that can be applied when attempting to locate and repair problems in electrical and mechanical equipment. Students will learn how to use proper testing equipment to assist in finding faulty components. Students will learn how to plan a course of action for troubleshooting and repairs of equipment.

ELE-219 - SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course discusses concepts related to acquiring data to monitor automated control systems (SCADA). Students will design and configure a SCADA control systems project using computer hardware, software, and networking.

ELT-176 - INSTRUMENTATION

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of process control, calibration, replacement, repair adjustment, troubleshooting, and use of test equipment. Students will learn how calibrate, adjust, install, operate, and connect process control systems. Students will also learn how to measure signals and connect devices in a wide variety of control configurations including: PID control, on/off control, and manual control. Prerequisite: ELT-295.

BIO-105 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

Introductory Biology is a lecture and lab course designed for non-science majors or as a refresher course of those wishing to take higher-level biology courses. Topics include chemistry of life, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, evolution, plant, animal, and fungi classification, and ecology.

ENV-111 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

An interdisciplinary approach to the problems of the environment. An examination and evaluation will be made of man’s impact on the environment. Specific topics that may be covered include, but are not limited to: population issues, atmospheric issues, water issues, energy issues, resource issues, wildlife issues, and food issues. 

PHS-151 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A survey of astronomy including historical considerations, the solar system, the universe and special topics. Topics may include the laws, the methods, and current research. Each planet will be studied as well as major stars and galaxies. Special topics include: cosmology, cosmogony, nova, pulsars, quasars, relativity, space travel, black holes, and other space mysteries. Lab to include: experiments, observations, slides and movies.

CAD-114 - AUTOCAD [ONLINE ONLY]

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

Online only.  Designed to familiarize users of CAD systems with all of the tools necessary for the efficient production of drawings. Topics that will be covered include starting and ending commands, two-dimensional drawing commands, drawing management (layers and system settings), editing and viewing commands, text commands, dimensioning techniques and styles and symbols (blocks and external references).

CAD-172 - INTRODUCTION TO CAD: AUTO CAD (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

An introduction to computer aided design and drafting. Actual hands-on experience in designing, drawing, and dimensioning using AutoCAD micro-based CAD software. The course presents logical step-by-step instruction about the AutoCAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts and other valuable characteristics of AutoCAD. Finished copies of the students' work will be made on a printer or plotter.

Jason Radel - Instructor, (319) 524-3221 ext. 1990

Email: jradel@scciowa.edu
AAS- Biomedical Electronics, Southeastern Community College
RS Logix 5000 and Control Logix Certified

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