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Electro-Mechanical Technology

10-620-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 68 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you’re a good problem solver who enjoys working with your hands, this might be a good career choice for you. You will learn to install, troubleshoot and repair complex machinery for business and industry. You’ll gain knowledge and skills related to electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical devices, industrial computers, sensors, instrumentation equipment and automated systems. You’ll also learn to calibrate instruments, write computer programs, tune closed loop automated systems and design products. Excellent career opportunities await graduates of this degree program.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (40 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Electrical Safety, Industry
10-609-101
1
Describes hazards of electrical work and basic approaches to working safely. Students learn skills to recognize, evaluate and control electrical hazards. Includes personnel protective equipment and how to perform construction tasks safely. Introduces OSHA mandated Lockout/Tagout procedures and prepares learners for additional safety training. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a Department of Labor OSHA General Industry Safety and Health 10-hour completion card.
Ladder Logic and Control Devices
10-609-170
1
Introduces ladder logic diagrams used to document power control networks. Discrete industrial devices are also studied including switches, contactors, relays, timers, and motor starters. Students will design, construct, and troubleshoot ladder logic circuitry following safe working procedures. Memory addressing schemes and PLC hardware of an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 is introduced. Students taking this course should have a working knowledge of DC and AC circuits.
DC/AC Variable Speed Drives
10-609-172
1
Covers operational controls, characteristics and drive functionality. Laboratory activities involve drive setup and wiring as well as safe troubleshooting and testing practices. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Corequisite: Electrical Motors (10-609-171 or 10-620-172)
Programmable Logic Controllers 1
10-609-173
1
Covers PLC I/O configuration, ladder diagram networks, latches, timers, counters, comparing and forcing concepts. Hands-on labs use the Allen Bradley SLC-500 series controllers.
Corequisite: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10-609-170)
DC Circuits 3 - Aircraft/Electromechanical
10-620-103
1
Covers capacitors and inductors including time constants and instantaneous voltage and current values of RC and RL circuits. Applications and various types of capacitors and inductors are discussed. Magnetism, electromagnetism, and devices, such as relays and solenoids, are also presented. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: DC Circuits 2 (10-660-111)
Industrial Solid State 1
10-620-152
1
Examines the theory of the 555 integrated circuit timer and the 741 operational amplifier. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Solid State 2 (10-660-121)
Industrial Solid State 2
10-620-153
1
Studies the operation of semiconductor power devices that drive industrial actuators such as the UJT, SCR and TRIAC. Amplitude, phase control and pulse-width modulation applications are presented. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Industrial Solid State 1 (10-620-152)
Hydraulics 1
10-620-154
1
Introduces the fundamental principles and laws of fluid power. Laboratory activities reinforce the theory.
Corequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or Industrial Maintenance Math (31-804-308)
Hydraulics 2
10-620-155
1
Examines the theory of pumps, actuators and various types of valves. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Hydraulics 1 (10-620-154)
Hydraulics 3
10-620-156
1
Examines accessory components of a hydraulic system. This course concludes with the analysis of several hydraulic circuits. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Hydraulics 2 (10-620-155)
Mechanical Linkages 1
10-620-160
1
Covers the mechanical theory of various linkages such as levers, four-bar mechanisms, shaft couplings and alignment. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or Industrial Maintenance Math (31-804-308)
Mechanical Linkages 2
10-620-161
1
Covers the theory and application of lubrication principles, plain bearings and roller element bearings. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Mechanical Linkages 1 (10-620-160)
Pneumatics 1
10-620-162
1
Introduces the principles of compressed air and studies various control operations such as speed, force and direction. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or Industrial Maintenance Math (31-804-308)
Pneumatics 2
10-620-163
1
Covers the different types of valves and pilot devices. This course concludes by analyzing how actuators and components control various types of pneumatic circuits. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Pneumatics 1 (10-620-162)
Electrical Generators & Power Dist Systems
10-620-170
1
Examines the construction and operation of generators and covers power distribution systems such as the single-phase Edison and three-phase delta and wye configurations. The theory is reinforced by laboratory activities.
Prerequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114)
Electrical Motors-DC
10-620-171
1
Evaluates the operation of DC motors such as the series, shunt, and compound motors. Various types of servo motors are also examined. Laboratory activities reinforce the theory. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Prerequisite: DC Circuits 2 (10-660-111)
Electrical Motors-AC
10-620-172
1
Covers the operation of single-phase and three-phase AC motors. Laboratory activities are performed to reinforce the theory.
Prerequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114); Electrical Generators & Power Dist Systems (10-620-170) recommended
Servomechanisms 1
10-620-173
1
Introduces the servomechanism systems used to operate many types of automated systems. The concepts and elements of open and closed-loop systems are covered. On/off and PID control modes are also presented. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Prerequisite: Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 1 (10-620-192); Advanced AC/DC Variable Speed Drives recommended
Servomechanisms 2
10-620-174
1
Feedback sensing devices are introduced, and the operation of position and velocity control systems is studied. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Servomechanisms 1 (10-620-173)
Mechanical Drives 1
10-620-177
1
Covers the principles, operation, maintenance and configurations of belt and chain drives. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Mechanical Linkages 1 (10-620-160)
Mechanical Drives 2
10-620-178
1
Covers the principles, operation, maintenance and configuration of gears, gearing and power transmission. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Mechanical Drives 1 (10-620-177)
Programmable Logic Controllers 2
10-620-182
1
Covers sequencers, jumps, arithmetic operations and analog operations of the Allen-Bradley SLC-500 programmable controller. Sensor interfacing is included. Programming exercises verify the theory.
Corequisite: Programmable Logic Controllers 1 (10-609-173)
Process Variables and Measurements 1
10-620-183
1
Covers the properties and characteristics of pressure and temperature variables associated with process control. Instruments that measure these variables are calibrated and used to determine the condition of the variables. Completion of Pneumatics 1 and Solid State 2 is recommended before taking this course.
Process Variables and Measurements 2
10-620-184
1
Covers the properties and characteristics of level, flow and analytical variables associated with process control. Instruments that measure these variables are calibrated and used to determine the condition of the variables.
Corequisite: Process Variables & Measurements 1 (10-620-183)
Instrumentation and Process Control 1
10-620-185
1
Describes the instrument devices used in open- and closed-loop process control systems, illustrates the P&ID symbols to which they are assigned, and performs calibration techniques. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Process Variables & Measurements 2 (10-620-184)
Instrumentation and Process Control 2
10-620-186
1
Describes the various production methods used in process industries and provides a background of PID control strategies and controller tuning to accommodate the dynamics of various systems. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Instrumentation & Process Control 1 (10-628-185)
Sensors
10-620-187
1
Covers various types of sensors used in industrial operations such as inductive and capacitive proximity detectors, Hall-effect devices and various optical sensing modes. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10-609-170)
System Troubleshooting
10-620-188
1
Develops troubleshooting skills by using several closed-loop systems on a level and flow process trainer. Students identify faults electrically inserted into this trainer by recognizing symptoms, creating and using flow charts for analysis, and finding the problem with test instruments.
Corequisites: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10-609-170); Electrical Safety, Industry (10-609-101)
Electromechanical Systems 1
10-620-189
1
Capstone course that uses the competencies learned throughout the Electromechanical program to operate various systems that interface with each other such as digital, servomechanisms, electro-hydraulic and gear mechanisms. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Prerequisites: Pneumatics 1 (10-620-162); System Troubleshooting (10-620-188); Sensors (10-620-187); DC/AC Variable Speed Drives (10-609-172); Corequisite: Servomechanisms 2 (10-620-174)
Advanced AC/DC Variable Speed Drives
10-620-190
1
Covers graphical programming and various communication techniques of current and vector drives. A multifunctional trainer is configured to demonstrate complex master/slave drive functions, on-line monitoring of drive performance, and to build troubleshooting skills.
Corequisites: Electrical Motors-AC (10-620-172); DC/AC Variable Speed Drives (10-609-172); AC Circuits 2 (10-660-115) and Programmable Logic Controllers 2 (10-620-182) recommended
Advanced Systems Control
10-620-191
1
Capstone course that uses the Allen-Bradley SLC-500 programmable controller to operate servomechanism systems and a pneumatic robot. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the programs written by the student.
Corequisite: Electromechanical Systems 1 (10-620-189)
Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 1
10-620-192
1
An introduction to the Siemens S7-200 Programmable Controller. Course work will include controller start-up procedures, examination of data types and memory modes, the basic instruction set for programming ladder logic, and hands-on activities used to reinforce the areas studied.
Corequisite: Programmable Logic Controllers 2 (10-620-182)
DC Circuits 1
10-660-110
1
Introduces electrical safety and program procedures. The course covers Ohm's Law, power law, series circuits, and voltmeter, ammeter and ohmmeter applications. Number powers, electronic notations, circuit component recognition and diagrams, resistor power ratings, color code, Kirchhoff's voltage law and atomic structure are also included.
Corequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1A (10-804-113) or Industrial Maintenance Math (31-804-308)
DC Circuits 2
10-660-111
1
Covers basic parallel and series-parallel circuits and their properties. Examines the theory, application and design of series-parallel circuits, such as loaded and unloaded voltage dividers and the Wheatstone bridge. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: DC Circuits 1 (10-660-110)
AC Circuits 1
10-660-114
1
Covers AC waveforms and different voltage values including Peak, RMS, Average and Peak to Peak. The operation of transformers is also included. Laboratory activities using the oscilloscope are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: DC Circuits 2 (10-660-111)
AC Circuits 2
10-660-115
1
Covers reactive properties of series and parallel RC, RL and RLC circuits. Topics include reactance, phase angle and fundamental AC power concepts such as power triangle and power factor. Circuit quantities are determined using triangular analysis. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114)
Solid State 1
10-660-120
1
Introduces semiconductor materials, the operation of diodes, Zener diodes and the construction of rectifier and filter circuits. Laboratory experiments are performed to verify the theory.
Prerequisite: AC Circuits 1 (10-660-114)
Solid State 2
10-660-121
1
Examines the operation and theory of transistors and the construction of amplifiers. Laboratory experiments are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Solid State 1 (10-660-120)
Digital Electronics Tech 1
10-660-130
1
Introduces digital electronics, the operation of logic gates, and the theory of combination logic devices such as encoders, decoders, multiplexers, binary adders and parity circuits. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: DC Circuits 1 (10-660-110)
Digital Electronics Tech 2
10-660-131
1
Examines flip-flops, various types of shift registers and counters, arithmetic circuits, and practical application digital devices. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Corequisite: Digital Electronics 1 (10-660-130)

General Studies (24 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3
Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Communication or English Composition 1 with a grade of C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits or enrollment in UW-O Certificate or consent of instructor. Students should take this course in second semester of program courses.
College Technical Math 2
10-804-116
4
Included topics are vectors; trigonometric functions and their graphs; identities; exponential and logarithmic functions and equations; radical equations; equations with rational exponents; dimension of a circle; velocity; sine and cosine graphs; complex numbers in polar and rectangular form; trigonometric equations; conic sections; and analysis of statistical data. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems.
Prerequisite: College Technical Math 1 (10-804-115) or College Technical Math 1B (10-804-114)
Economics
10-809-195
3
Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
College Technical Math 1
10-804-115
5
Includes solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percents; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; right and oblique triangle trigonometry; trigonometric functions on the unit circle; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. This course is the equivalent of successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.

Suggested Electives (4 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Electronic Shop Practices
10-620-169
1
Introduces various aspects of the electronic shop such as basic soldering principles, surface mount technology, troubleshooting, repairing and circuit protection devices and performing panel-wiring exercises. Customer relations is also discussed.
Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 2
10-620-193
1
A continuation of the study of the Siemens S7-200 Programmable Controller. Examination of advanced ladder diagram instructions and industrial PLC applications is the emphasis of the course. Hands-on activities programming the PLC for specific industrial applications are used to reinforce the areas studied.
Corequisite: Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 1 (10-620-192); Process Variables and Measurements 1 (10-620-183) recommended
Industrial Operations 1
10-620-195
1
Theory-based course primarily designed for students who have had little or no industrial experience. The organizational structure and departmental responsibilities of a typical manufacturing company are discussed. Plant layout, material handling, production and inventory strategies are also covered.
Industrial Operations 2
10-620-196
1
Theory-based course that introduces the student to the fields of industrial engineering such as time and motion study, quality control and engineering economy.
Corequisite: Industrial Operations 1 (10-620-195)
Robotics 1
10-620-197
1
Introduces the terminology, movements and the physical construction of the robot and the applications for which they are used. Basic programming is also covered. Students become familiar with the equipment in laboratory activities. Instructor permission required.
Robotics 2
10-620-198
1
Requires students to write programs that enable a robot to perform various operations. Laboratory activities are completed to verify the programs.
Corequisite: Robotics 1 (10-620-197)
CAD for Technicians
10-628-125
1
Introduces students to editing and creating CAD drawings utilizing AutoCAD software. Students will learn to draw, edit, dimension and plot drawing.

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