Instr and Auto Engr Tech (INST)
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
INST 0140 Introduction to Motors and Motor Control Theory: 2 semester hours.
Introduces basic motors and motor control. Fundamentals of AC and DC motors; includes two-wire and three-wire controls using various controllers, control relays, timing relays, solenoid valves, latching relays, and motor control centers. Computer software used to design and verify motor control circuits. S
INST 0220 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers: 3 semester hours.
Ladder format, I-O instructions, external devices, operating cycle, relays, timers, counters, sequencers, shift registers, analog applications, math blocks, and troubleshooting. F, S
INST 0236 Applications of Electronic Electrical and Industrial Process Control Fundamentals: 6 semester hours.
Application of electronic sensors, thyristor circuits, and networks. Electrical motor control, relays, timers, and PLCs. Computer software used to design and verify motor control circuits, variable frequency drives, and interface methods for controllers. Basic process control, print reading, and device calibration methods. Troubleshooting techniques and safety practices. D
INST 0240 Theory: 2 semester hours.
Basic concepts of process control devices, calibration and test equipment, diagrams and symbols. F, S, Su
INST 0242 Theory: 2 semester hours.
Electronic instruments-sensors, indicators, transmitters, computing relays, electro-optics, electronic controllers, ratio control, cascade control, recorders, analytical equipment, troubleshooting. F, S, Su
INST 0250 Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
Use of test equipment, power supplies, current and volt measurements, use of oscilloscope, capacitor checker, decade box, Wheatstone bridge, transmitter simulator, manometers, pressure calibration devices. F, S, Su
INST 0251 Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
Set up, maintenance, and troubleshooting of pneumatic control systems, air supply, air regulators, pressure gauges pneumatic transducer calibration, control valve operation with and without positioner, controller operation set point, measurement error, offset, proportional band, reset, derivative, reverse and direct acting. F, S, Su
INST 0253 Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
Computer and programmable controller interfacing with transmitters and final elements, PID loops, auto tuning, set up to complete control loops, computer graphics. F, S, Su
INST 0254 Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
Calibration of transmitters, simulation of process variables, temperature, pressure, level flow, and humidity control loops. F, S, Su
INST 0260 Electrical Systems Documentation and Standards: 2 semester hours.
Introduction to print reading, technical specifications, print annotation, report writing and Electrical codes. F, S, Su
INST 0281 Electrical Automation Theory: 8 semester hours.
Theory of control devices and automated systems, sensors, timers, relays, solenoids, line starters, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), print reading, motor control, programming and interfacing PLCs, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), variable frequency drives (VFDs), basic Ethernet communication. COREQ: INST 0282. F, S
INST 0282 Electrical Automation Laboratory: 5 semester hours.
Application of INST 0281. Design, install, and troubleshoot automated control systems, relays, sensors, solenoids, indicators, timers, transformers, line starters, motors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), variable frequency drives (VFDs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), basic Ethernet communication. COREQ: INST 0281. F, S
INST 0288 Directed Studies: 1-8 semester hours.
Study tailored to individual assignment and reporting under faculty guidance. Student will pursue a unit of activity related to the instrumentation/industrial controls field. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S, Su
INST 0292 Process Measurement and Control Theory: 10 semester hours.
Theory of pressure, temperature, level, flow, and analytical measurement. Methods of tuning and troubleshooting process control loops. Final element selection and troubleshooting. Fundamentals of thermodynamics and an overview of boiler, turbine, and reactor systems. F, S
INST 0293 Process Measurement and Control Laboratory: 4 semester hours.
Application of INST 0292; calibration of transmitters, indicators, and controllers. Interfacing pneumatic, electrical, electronic, and computer devices. PID control loop tuning, installation and troubleshooting of working systems. Connecting and configuring instrumentation for programmable controllers. Process control programming. F, S
INST 0294 Cooperative Training: 1-16 semester hours.
Student pursues on-the-job training in the instrumentation/industrial controls industry which satisfies competencies in lieu of instrumentation/industrial controls courses. A University Co-op agreement must be signed by all parties involved. Student will pursue a pre-determined unit of activity related to the field of study. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
INST 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D