Industrial Technology (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Technology is a focused, career-oriented program that meshes the latest techniques in precision mechanical engineering, controls theory, computer science and electronics by applying them to the design process to create more functional and adaptable products. Industrial Technology is where mechanics, electronics and controls intersect. The term Mechatronics was first coined in Japan some 30 years ago. Since then, Mechatronics has come to mean a synergistic blend of mechanics and electronics. The word’s meaning is somewhat broader than the traditional term electro mechanics, which to many denotes the use of electrostatic or electromagnetic devices.
Industrial Technology is a significant design trend that has a marked influence on the product-development process, international competition in manufactured goods, the nature of mechanical engineering education in coming years, and quite probably the success mechanical engineers will have in becoming team leaders or engineering managers.
Students trained in this program will be able to:
• Think critically and analytically in order to solve problems and formulate decisions and opinions while utilizing mathematical skills.
• Demonstrate understanding of electrical circuits, Ohm’s Law, DC power, and AC power and their relationships to industrial equipment.
• Describe basic industrial wiring, conduit sizes, their connections, and common practices in the industrial workplace.
• Comprehend PLCs and their application in industrial automation.
• Demonstrate understanding of electrical motors, overloads, starters, and motor control techniques.
• Demonstrate understanding of fluid power, both hydraulic and pneumatic, basic usages and control of each system.
• Solve issues and diagnose electrical and mechanical industrial equipment and their components.
• Control automation, connecting all learned disciplines into a systems approach culminating with Flexible Manufacturing.
Total Degree Hours: 60