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The Automation & Electronics Technology program is designed to equip the graduate with real-world skills in analog and digital electronics, with a focus on microprocessor control. All electronic principles presented are supported extensively with hands-on labs that concentrate on the use of equipment used in troubleshooting today’s electronic control systems. The graduates are functionally skilled in the use of Digital Multimeters (DMMs), oscilloscopes, function generators and logic probes to name just a few. The students will participate in introductory and advanced level courses in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) as they apply to commercial and industrial control, motor control. A basic networking course will introduce the student to the equipment and concepts used in setting up a basic computer network. All Automation & Electronic Systems Technology graduates will take the Low Voltage and Fiber Terminations course. Then the students end their training with the introductory and applied microprocessor (μP) courses. In the introductory course, the student will build their own microprocessor trainer as they learn microprocessor architecture and basic I/O systems. The applied μP course
uses the Arduino* platform to allow the student to design and construct a final control project of their choosing. Basic computer applications and applied technical writing are also on the schedule for successful graduates. Elective course choices include instrumentation courses covering the basics of flow, level, temperature and pressure. Information Technology courses such as networking software applications, network security, and web design are offered along with an A+ certification course.
The successful graduate of this program will be prepared for an entry-level work in industrial and commercial electronic applications, capable of installing, maintaining and troubleshooting basic electronic equipment and systems such as industrial control systems, ROV (remote operated vehicle) systems, home automation systems, alarm systems and video monitoring systems to name just a few. The graduate may also choose to work with electronic systems for industry, which could include medical equipment, or communications equipment.
Major Occupations for which graduates will be qualified: