Associate in Applied Science Plan of Study

Instrumentation Technology

Associate in Applied Science (75 credit hours)

Suggested sequence of courses
Learn more about the first to fifth semester Instrumentation courses offered for the associate degree.
Technical Course Requirements: 35 Credit Hours
ETDE 1243 DC Electronics & Metrology

Students learn to apply DC principles and analysis to solve parameters of electronic circuits and related systems. Measurements are made with volt meters, amp meters, and ohm meters. Students are introduced to the science of measurements; to help master metrology learners complete a course project related to measurements. Students learn to draw and interpret electrical/electronic symbols, diagrams and schematics in accordance with industry standards. Through application, analysis, and presentations each learner demonstrates mastery of basic electrical/electronic principles and technical reporting. Students must have taken or be enrolled in College Algebra. Theory/Lab.

Co-requisite: MATH 1513.

ETDE 1263 AC Electronics & Photonics

Students learn to apply AC principles and analysis to solve parameters of electronic circuits and related systems. Wavelength and phase angles are introduced as a more complex form of signal analysis. As an introduction to Photonics, students learn optoelectronic sources and detectors that operate in the UV, IR, and visible wavelengths. Measurements are made with multimeters, oscilloscopes, frequency counters and other test equipment. Students learn to draw and interpret electrical/electronic symbols, diagrams and schematics in accordance with industry standards. Through application and analysis each learner demonstrates mastery of basic electrical/electronic practices, as well as construct and troubleshoot circuits and complete a course project with lasers. Students must have taken or be enrolled in Trigonometry. Theory/ Lab.

 Prerequisite: MATH 1513, ETDE 1243.

Co-requisite: MATH 1613.

ETDE 1343 Electrical Motors & Controls

Introduces the fundamental concepts of electrical motors and associated electrical controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, schematic diagrams, contactors, motor starters, control relays, timing relays, pilot control devices, AC/DC motors and related control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, install and troubleshoot motors and associated control systems. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE1243

Co-requisite: ETDE 1263

ETDE 1363 Electronic Devices & Standards

Students learn to identify, specify, and troubleshoot electronic devices used in power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, sensor circuits, electro-optical, and industrial control circuits. Students learn how to research and use manufacturer specification sheets. Device measurements are made with multimeters, oscilloscopes, frequency counters and other test equipment. Students are introduced to standards development for measurements and devices. An overview of professional organizations such as American National Standards Institute, International Standards

Prerequisite: ETDE 1263

ETDE 1373 Digital Systems & Microcontrollers

Introduces digital logic, number systems, and circuits as they relate to computing, memory, and control systems. Topics include numbering systems, logic gates, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, latches, decoders, multiplexers, interfaces, displays, I/O, and timing circuits. Students learn how to research and use manufacturer specification sheets. Students learn computer communication systems, communication standards, and troubleshooting. Microprocessors, microcontrollers, and embedded systems are introduced. Students complete a course project using a microcontroller that demonstrates hardware control and software programming. Technical reports and presentations are vital components of the course. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1363.

ETDE 2113 Introduction to PLC’s

An introductory course in programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and their applications in industrial environments. Topics include ladder logic programming, input and output modules, power supplies, selection and installation of controllers, and interfacing controllers with equipment. Upon successful completion, the student should be able to install PLC’s and create basic programs. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1343

ETDE 2123 PLC Applications

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and their applications in industrial environments. Topics include basic programming, hardware specifications, and wiring. After successful completion, the student is able to program and troubleshoot fundamental PLC systems and related control devices. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 2113.

ETDE 2223 Electrical Power Distribution

Students study the physical properties of electromagnetic and electromechanical energy conversion devices and their application to conventional rotating machines. Electrical energy generation, transmission and distribution and relay technology are also covered.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1263

Co-requisite:  ETDE 1363.

ETDE 2253 Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Hydraulic principles, types of hydraulic fluids and their characteristics are covered. Describes components of the hydraulic system and their functions, including filters and strainers, reservoirs and accumulators, pumps, piping, tubing and hoses, control valves, relief valves, and actuating devices. Covers a variety of operating principles of reciprocating, positive displacement, rotary, and dynamic air compressors. Covers primary and secondary air treatment. Includes valves, logic devices, cylinders, and air motors. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1243, MATH 1513.

ETDE 2273 Electronic Control Devices

An introduction to a wide range of electronic devices and industrial automatic controls. Emphasis is placed on motor speed/position controls and programmable devices. Topics include specialized switches, sensors, stepper motors, stepper motor controllers, variable frequency drives, and control systems common to the industrial environment. Upon completion, the learner is able to install, troubleshoot, and program variable frequency drives and stepper control systems. Students also analyze how variable speed drives save energy and maintenance costs in industrial supplications. Theory/Lab

Prerequisites: ETDE 1343, ETDE 1363.

ETDG 1143 Introduction to Design/Drafting

Students learn basic use and application of AutoCAD as a drafting tool through the creation of geometrical shapes, parts, drawings, and electrical symbols and schematics. Students also gain a basic understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, and architectural design and drafting. Students must have taken or be enrolled in Intermediate Algebra or higher. Theory/Lab.

Co-requisite: MATH 0163.

ETNT 1102 Basic Manufacturing
Students learn general shop safety and practices, applications of precision measuring and layout, and operation of basic industry machine tools including conventional lathes and mills. Students also learn basic manufacturing processes as they relate to industry standards. Theory/Lab.
General Education Requirements: 22 Credit Hours
For general education and interdepartmental course descriptions, see the School of Arts and Sciences courses.
Communication Arts: 6 Credit Hours
ENGL 1113 Freshman Composition I
ENGL 1213 Freshman Composition II
Mathematics: 3 Credit Hours
MATH 1513 College Algebra
Humanities: 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 1213 Ethics
Social Science: 6 Credit Hours
HIST 1483 U.S. History to 1865 or
HIST 1493 U.S. History Since 1865
POLS 1113 U.S. Government
Science: 4 Credit Hours
PHYS 1114 General Physics I
Additional Program Requirements: 18 Credit Horus
Oral Communications: 3 Credit Hours
SPCH 2313 Small Group Communications
Mathematics: 10 Credit Hours
MATH 1613 Trigonometry
MATH 2144 Calculus I
MATH 2153 Calculus II
Science: 4 Credit Hours
PHYS II 1214 General Physics II
Interdepartmental Requirements: 1 Credit Hour
ETDE 2411 Employment Exploration