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Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  30
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The Electrical Instrumentation Technician certificate is designed to prepare students for positions in the installation, repair and maintenance of commercial electrical and electronic equipment. 

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Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AGS101 Microcomputers in Agriculture

AGS 101. Microcomputers in Agriculture (3) (Fall). Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for documentation, accounting and presentations in the agriculture industry. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Contemporary computer use in the agriculture industry
2. Computer hardware
3. Using Microsoft Word in an agricultural setting
4. Using Excel in an agricultural setting
5. Using PowerPoint in an agricultural setting

1. Use and understand email.
2. Use and understand Windows 98.
3. Manage Files.
4. Use Internet Explorer.
5. Use the Internet.
6. Create a document.
7. Use and understand Microsoft Word.
8. Edit a document.
9. Format a document.
10. Create a report.
11. Use and understand Desktop Publishing.
12. Create outlines.
13. Create tables.
14. Create a table of contents.
15. Merge documents.
16. Create equations.
17. Use and understand Microsoft Excel.
18. Create worksheets.
19. Format worksheets.
20. Create charts.
21. Manage information.
22. Use and understand Microsoft Power Point.
23. Create a presentation.
24. Create and import graphics in slides.
25. Use and understand Microsoft Access.
26. Create a database.
27. Maintain a database.
28. Query a database.
29. Use and understand integration.
30. Integrate documents.
31. Use and understand web page design.
32. Create a web page.
33. Load web page onto Internet.

1. Compilation of portfolio in 1" notebook with cover sheet.

OR CSA126 Microsoft Office

CSA 126. Microsoft Office (3). Introductory concepts and techniques of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Three lecture.

1. Windows concepts and skills
2. Microsoft Word for Windows
3. Microsoft Excel for Windows
4. Microsoft Access for Windows
5. Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows
6. Integration of Microsoft Office applications

1. Use file management and other basic Windows skills. (1)
2. Produce and edit word processing documents. (2)
3. Produce and edit spreadsheets and charts. (3)
4. Create a database, enter and manipulate data, create queries and reports. (4)
5. Produce and edit presentation graphics documents. (5)
6. Produce a document that integrates the use of two or more Office applications. (6)

ELT111 DC Electrical Systems

ELT 111. DC Electrical Systems (3) (Fall). Utilize the principles of direct current (DC) electricity and electronic test equipment to analyze, troubleshoot and repair DC electrical circuits. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Characteristics of direct-current electricity
2. Laws of direct current circuits
3. Electrical measuring instruments and safety
4. DC power sources
5. Series, parallel and series-parallel circuits
6. Magnetism and electromagnetism
7. Electrical soldering skills

1. Identify the basic principles of direct current electricity: voltage, current, resistance and power. (1)
2. Define Ohm's and Watt's Laws and use them to solve for resistance, current, voltage and power in DC circuits. (2)
3. Use test equipment and electrical safe practices to measure voltage, current and resistance. (3)
4. Identify different types of DC power sources and describe their operation and maintenance. (4)
5. Analyze and troubleshoot series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits. (5)
6. Define magnetism and electromagnetism and its uses including the principles of generating direct current and DC motor operation. (6)
7. Describe and utilize soldering skills to install and remove electrical components including safe practices for ESD (electro-static discharge) sensitive parts. (7)

ELT112 AC Electrical Systems

ELT 112. AC Electrical Systems (3). Utilize the principles of alternating current (AC) electricity and electronic test equipment to analyze, troubleshoot and repair AC electrical circuits. Prerequisite: ELT 111 (may be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Characteristics and laws of alternating-current
2. Transformer theory and operation
3. AC test equipment and safety
4. Capacitive and inductive circuits
5. Series and parallel RLC and resonant circuits
6. Single and polyphase motors

1. Identify the principles of alternating current: voltage, current, frequency, phase angle and power. (1)
2. Describe transformer action and operation including turns ratio, phase and power. (2)
3. Use test equipment and electrical safe practices to measure voltage, frequency and phase angle in AC circuits. (2)
4. Utilize and analyze capacitors and inductors in AC circuits. (4)
5. Analyze and troubleshoot series, parallel and series-parallel RLC and resonant circuits. (5)
6. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot single and polyphase AC motors. (6)

ELT115 Conduits and Raceways

ELT 115. Conduits and Raceways (1) (Spring). Layout, bending and assembly of conduit systems. .5 lecture. One lab.

1. Conduit and raceway function
2. Conduit systems layout and assembly

1. List various types and materials of conduit. (1)
2. Explain the applications of the various types of conduit. (1)
3. Take precise measurements. (2)
4. Design safe, attractive conduit runs. (2)
5. Make clean precise cuts in the conduit. (2)
6. Make precise bends. (2)
7. Use connectors, hangers, and boxes according to relevant codes. (2)

ELT126 Solid State Devices

ELT 126. Solid State Devices (3) (Spring). Characteristics and operation of solid state devices including diodes, thyristors, bipolar and field effect transistors. Includes power supplies, diode circuits, transistor biasing and operation, triacs, and silicon-controlled rectifiers. Prerequisite: ELT 111 and ELT 112. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Semiconductor theory and operation
2. Diode power supplies and circuits
3. Bipolar transistor biasing, operation, amplifiers and circuits
4. Field effect transistor biasing, operation, amplifiers and circuits.
5. Thyristor biasing, operation and circuits

1. Explain semiconductor doping and discuss forward and reverse biasing of doped semiconductors. (1)
2. Describe diode construction, biasing and operation. (2)
3. Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot diode power supplies and specialty diode circuits. (2)
4. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot bipolar transistor circuits. (3)
5. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot field effect transistor circuits. (4)
6. Identify, analyze and troubleshoot thyristor circuits. (5)

ELT161 Microprocessors & Prog Control

ELT 161. Mircroprocessors & Programmable Controllers (3) (Spring). Microprocessor, microcontroller, and programmable logic controller (PLC) architecture and programming. Topics include memory, instruction sets, addressing modes, interfacing, ladder logic, and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: ELT 183. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Architecture, instruction sets and interfacing of microprocessors and microcontrollers
2. Programming in assembly language
3. PLC architecture and memory organization
4. PLC instruction set and programming
5. Relay and ladder logic testing and troubleshooting

1. Identify and describe the architecture, and explain the basic operation, of microprocessors and microcontrollers. (1)
2. Explain the assembly language instructions of selected microprocessors and microcontrollers. (2)
3. Build, analyze and troubleshoot microprocessor and microcontroller circuits. (2)
4. Identify and explain the function of each block within PLC architecture and describe memory of a PLC. (3)
5. Describe the PLC instruction set addressing modes and write and debug programs for a PLC. (4)
6. Identify, explain and draw ladder logic symbols and diagrams and utilize these to troubleshoot a PLC system. (5)

ELT171 Process Control Instrumentatn

ELT 171. Process Control Instrumentation (3) (Fall). Instrumentation associated with industrial process control, including measurements of pressure, force, weight, motion, flow, level, and temperature; analytical measurement and procedures for safety, calibration and testing. Prerequisite: ELT 126. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Process control
2. Foundations of measurement
3. Instrumentation to perform measurements of pressure, force, weight, motion, flow, level, and temperature
4, Analytical measurement to maximize system efficiency
5. Calibration and testing procedures

1. Describe the fundamental operation of a process control loop including ON/OFF and PID control. (1)
2. Describe how sensors are used to make field measurements and how these interface with a controller. (2)
3. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot sensors and their transmitters including: temperature, flow, level, force, motion, weight and pressure. (3)
4. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot instrumentation sensors and their transmitters to include: pH, salinity and conductivity. (4)
5. Calibrate, tune and troubleshoot a process control loop. (5)

ELT183 Digital Circuits

ELT 183. Digital Circuits (3) (Fall). Introduction to logic circuits used in computers and other digital equipment. Includes number systems, logic gates, combinatorial logic, simplification techniques, encoders, decoders, flip-flops, counters, registers, memory, and digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Number systems, operations and codes
2. Logic gates and combinatorial logic
3. Boolean algebra and logic simplification techniques
4. Flip-flops and related devices
5. Counters and registers
6. Memory and storage
7. Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters

1. Identify, and convert numbers between, the various digital number systems including binary, octal and hexadecimal. (1)
2. Identify and convert digital codes such as ASCII, gray code, and floating point numbers. (1)
3. Identify and describe the operation of basic logic gates and combine them to form combinatorial logic circuits. (2)
4. Analyze and troubleshoot logic gates and combinatorial logic circuits. (2)
5. Simplify complex logic circuits using Booelan algebra and other techniques such as sum-of-products and Karnaugh mapping. (3)
6. Identify, describe the operation of, analyze and troubleshoot various flip-flop circuits. (4)
7. Identify, describe the operation of, analyze and troubleshoot digital counters and registers. (5)
8. Identify, describe, analyze and troubleshoot digital memory and storage techniques including data selectors, encoders and decoders. (6)
9. Identify, describe, analyze and troubleshoot digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters. (7)

ELT272 Motors and Motor Control

ELT 272. Motors and Motor Control (3) (Spring). Characteristics, performance and control of rotating electrical machinery, transformers and associated equipment. Prerequisite: ELT 111 and ELT 112. Two lecture. Two lab.

1. Motor control electronics
2. Motor control drawings and schematics
3. Motor transformers and distribution
4. Motor control devices
5. DC motors
6. AC motors
7. Relays, contactors and motor starters
8. Adjustable speed drives

1. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot motor control electronics including: diodes, transistors, opto-isolators, and thyristors. (1)
2. Describe, interpret and analyze motor diagrams and schematics including: symbols, single line and block diagrams, and motor terminal connections and nameplate terminology. (2)
3. Describe, interpret and analyze power distribution systems and transformer connections. (3)
4. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot motor control devices to include switches, sensors and actuators. (4)
5. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot DC motors. (5)
6. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot AC motors including single and polyphase. (6)
7. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot relays, magnetic contactors, and motor starters. (7)
8. Describe, analyze and troubleshoot adjustable speed drives. (8)

MAT100 Technical Mathematics

MAT 100. Technical Mathematics (3). Review of arithmetic skills, proportions, percentages, exponents, algebraic equations of the first degree, basic geometry, and literal equations with applications designed for the student's own field of study. Prerequisite: MAT 082, or one year of high school algebra completed within the last 4 years, or a satisfactory score on the mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.

1. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers
2. Ratio and Proportion
3. Percents
4. Rules of exponents
5. Fractional exponents and radicals
6. First degree equations
7. Literal equations
8. Geometry
9. Measurement including the metric system

1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed rational numbers. (QL 1)
2. Apply whole number exponent laws to simplify expressions. (QL 1)
3. Convert fractional exponents to radical form and radicals to fractional exponents. (QL 1)
4. Solve problems involving ratios and proportions. (QL 1,2,4)
5. Solve problems involving percentages. (QL 1,2,4)
6. Solve basic algebraic linear equations including those containing literal terms. (QL 1-4)
7. Identify basic geometric shapes and formulae. (QL 1,3)
8. Solve problems involving geometric shapes and perimeter, area and volume of those shapes. (QL 1-4)
9. Use measurement systems including the metric system. (QL 1,2)

MET160 Basic Machine Hydr& Pneumatics

MET 160. Basic Machine Hydraulics and Pneumatics (2). Operational theory and testing techniques related to hydraulic and pneumatic components and circuits on mobile diesel equipment. Includes fluid power principles and investigates the functional characteristic of hydraulic pumps, flow valves, pressure valves, directional valves, motors, cylinders and accumulators. Emphasis on the student's ability to test, service, and repair diesel equipment hydraulic systems and system components. One lecture. Two lab.

1. Safety procedures and processes
2. Machine specific hydraulic components (valves, pumps, and cylinders)
3. Machine specific hydraulic circuits/systems and their functional characteristics
4. Machine specific hydraulic/pneumatic components (pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, accumulators) and their functional characteristics.
5. Machine specific maintenance
6. Service and repair information to perform needed maintenance, service, testing, and repairs
7. Hydraulic/pneumatic graphic symbols

1. Assembly, operation, and testing (pressure and or flow) various machine hydraulic/pneumatic circuits that includes pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and accumulators.Identify shop environment and hazards. (1)
2. Utilize emergency procedures and policy. (1)
3. Implement physical well-being and practice by following safety guidelines. (1)
4. Utilize material safety data sheets and chemicals in the shop environment. (1)
5. Remove and reinstall hydraulic and pneumatic components. (2)
6. Disassemble, inspect, and reassemble hydraulic/pneumatic cylinder, pump, flow valve, pressure valve, directional valve. (2)
7. Diagram the operational features and functions of machine specific hydraulic/pneumatic circuits. (3)
8. Describe how (collectively) hydraulic/pneumatic pumps, valves, motors, accumulators, cylinders, and the fluid function to operation the machine's hydraulic system. (4)
9. Determine which hydraulic/pneumatic components are utilized in various mobile equipment. (4)
10. Analyze oil sample information to determine condition of various hydraulic circuits. (5)
11. Obtain oil sample from hydraulic system. (5)
12. Perform maintenance procedures to ensure hydraulic/pneumatic systems operate as designed. (5)
13. Find and apply service and repair information. (6)
14. Identify "on equipment" hydraulic and pneumatic component types using graphic symbol. (7)

15. Describe operational features of hydraulic/pneumatic components and circuits using hydraulic/pneumatic graphic symbols and diagrams. (7)
16. Install various hydraulic/pneumatic components on diesel equipment, bleed or adjust system as needed. (8)
17. Perform hydraulic/pneumatic pressure and or flow testing procedures as outlined in the equipment manual. (8)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Electrical Instrumentation Technician Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot direct and alternating current circuits. (ELT 111, ELT 112)
  2. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot digital circuits. (ELT 183)
  3. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot solid state circuits. (ELT 126)
  4. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot microprocessor and programmable controller-based circuits. (ELT 161)
  5. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot process control instrumentation circuits. (ELT 171)
  6. Design, fabricate and install safe electrical conduits and raceways. ( ELT 115)
  7. Build, test, analyze and troubleshoot motors and motor control circuits. (ELT 272)