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Automated Controls Technology

Department Chair

Beloit: Brent Laflen



Program Overview

The Automated Controls Technology Program provides students the opportunity to receive innovative instruction and training in AC/DC electronics, analog electronics, digital and microprocessor systems, programmable logic controllers, networking and microcomputer systems. Courses will focus on electronic and electrical theory and systems. Lab projects and live work aid in emphasizing theoretical material presented in lecture sessions. Upon completion, students are prepared for high-tech careers in automation engineering, industrial maintenance, controls engineering and programmable logic controller programming and repair. Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of the program.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply AC/DC theory and application in series, parallel and combination.
  • Explore the role of solid state driven circuits and applications in Industrial Technology.•
  • Program microprocessors and processor applications as applies to the automation industry.•
  • Program PLCs (programmable logic controllers) and PLC based network systems as applied to the automation industry. •
  • Build and maintain motors and motor control circuits and applications used in automation systems.•
  • Apply the National Electric Code to automation and motor controls.

Required Courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
First Semester
OSHA-110 OSHA Training 1
EL-101 AC/DC I 4
EL-102 AC/DC II 4
EL-202 Programmable Controllers 4
SS-102 Tech Connect 0
Second Semester
EL-104 Print Reading 2
EL-107 Electrical Motor Controls 4
AMC-202 Instrumentation 2
AMC-203 Human Machine Interface (HMI) I 3
AMC-204 CAD for Automation 3
Third Semester
TNT-140 Computer Networks I 3
AMC-200 Digital Electronics 2
AMC-201 Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) 2
AMC-208 Human Machine Interface (HMI) II 3
EET-224 Advanced Programmable Controllers 3
Fourth Semester
AMC-205 Motors/Servos 3
AMC-209 Motion Control 3
AMC-207 CNC Programming, Control & Troubleshooting 3
EET-209 InternshipOR 4
AMC-211 Industrial Maintenance 4
General Education Course Requirements
COM-103 English Composition I T▸ 3
COM-105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication T▸ 3
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸OR 3
MA-110 Intermediate AlgebraOR 3
MA-111 College Algebra T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

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