Associate of Applied Science in
Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Electronics Technology Lewis-Clark State College
The Industrial Electronics Technology Program provides entry-level skills in basic core competencies desired by the industry today. This program prepares students for work in the installation, testing, and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems in industrial, scientific, and commercial facilities. The program also provides specific training in basic computer hardware and software, programmable logic controllers, motors and motor control systems, three-phase power distribution, and human-machine interface and programming. Graduates are prepared to pursue jobs in areas such as automated manufacturing, electrical power distribution, protection systems, and other electrically-related fields.
The program offers both degrees and certificates. The Industrial electronic student will get a general electronic education empathizing Programmable Logic controllers; the Electronic Engineering student has an emphasis on design, testing, and product development in electrical/electronic systems; and the Instrument Mechanic student is exposed to more instrumentation and control systems found in production equipment located regionally. The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) is for students entering this field or for those already employed in the field and needing an upgrade of both electronic skills and academic skills (oral and written communications, mathematics, and human relations).
Potential positions include industrial electrician, instrument technician, power systems maintenance technician, electronic maintenance technician, process control technician, and electrical apprentice. Typical employers are engineering and manufacturing firms and utility companies.
All students entering the Industrial Electronics program are required to have program-specific counseling and entry-level assessment.
Students can choose either the Instrument Mechanics(IM) track or the Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) track. First-year courses for both tracks are offered on two different schedules, and as such students are encouraged to research their options with faculty advisors.
The EET track provides training in advanced electronics and computer programming. The EET track emphasizes the skills required to be an Electronics Technician in engineering, manufacturing, and communications.
The IM track provides advanced training in the installation, repair, and maintenance of industrial instruments. The IM track emphasizes skills required to be an Instrument Mechanics Technician in manufacturing, production, and other industrial business.
Upon completion of the Industrial Electronics Technology program, the student will:
- Have knowledge of basic electrical and electronic theory
- Know appropriate safety procedures
- Have the ability to assemble, test, analyze and troubleshoot solid-state circuits containing discrete components wired as power supplies and regulators, solid-state displays, amplifiers, SCR-TRIAC motor controllers, and oscillators.
- Be able to locate and analyze replacement semiconductor devices using data sheets and other reference sources
- Perform calculations, predictions, and measurements, and demonstrate proper circuit construction and analysis of electrical and electronic circuits
- Have a foundation in the use of phasor and vector analysis for analyzing alternating current circuits
- Be able to configure a modular PLC, write programs using discrete and analog I/O, and troubleshoot system problems
- Demonstrate mastery of a variety of electrical and electronic topics including AC theory, inductive and capacitive reactance, resonance, impedance, transformers, methods of power generation, and basic electrical wiring
- Comprehension of programmable operator terminals and Human Machine Interface (HMI) software
- Know how to configure a ControlLogix PLC, write programs using discrete and analog I/O, and develop a project
- Assemble, analyze, and troubleshoot digital circuits containing, encoder-decoders, digital displays, multiplexer-demultiplexers, counters, and registers
- Have the ability to interface different families of logic circuits with other electronic devices given their electrical/electronic parameters
- Ability to identify common logic gate symbols and connect their actual circuits for testing and analysis; troubleshoot logic gate circuits to the component level
Graduates from Industrial Electronics Technology programs go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:
- Industrial-Electrical Technician
- Instrument Technician
- Power Systems Maintenance Technician
- Electronic Maintenance Technician
- Process Control Technician
- Electrical Apprentice
- Research and Development
- Electronics Equipment Analyst
- Programming Technician
- Manufacturing Technician