A.A.S. Industrial Controls

(1 Year)


Industrial Controls is offered as a second AAS degree following completion of an Electrical Journeyman AAS, or an Electrical Apprenticeship AAS program and completion of all General Education requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of three years of the Electrical Apprenticeship Program towards the first AAS degree before being able to apply for the Industrial Controls program. Students in this program can complete coursework focusing on either Instrumentation and Process Control or Motor Control and Protective Relaying.

Program Objectives:

  1. Solve technical problems typical of those encountered in the energy systems instrumentation engineering technology discipline by using critical thinking skills, current technology, and principles of mathematics and applied science.
  2. Work and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both industrial and academic settings.
  3. Understand current professional issues and the need to pursue lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate safe work practices on industrial equipment.

  2. Work and communicate effectively in a diverse team environment.

  3. Utilize test equipment to troubleshoot and analyze electrical, electronic, and instrumentation related circuits.

  4. Analyze alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electronic circuits and logic fundamentals.

  5. Create schematics to document electrical, electronic, and process control systems.

  6. Design and troubleshoot circuits for motor controls and associated devices.

  7. Install, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical AC and DC motors, generators, and variable frequency drives.

  8. Install, configure, calibrate, and troubleshoot pressure, temperature, level, flow, and analytical instrumentation. 

  9. Configure, troubleshoot, and optimize Proportional-integral-Derivative (PID) control loops.

10. Use the fundamentals of pump and valve operation to troubleshoot final element issues.

11. Utilize the fundamentals of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to troubleshoot and maintain process control associated with industrial plants.

12. Design, implement, and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) programs and associated Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications for industrial processes.

13. Utilize the fundamentals of networks and digital communications to troubleshoot and maintain distributed plant automation and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must complete nine (9) credits of the University’s General Education Objectives (see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog) and a minimum of five to six (5-6) credits of program-specific course work before entering this program.  Listed below are the prerequisite requirements for the Associate of Applied Science: Industrial Controls. Students must meet with the program coordinator prior to beginning required course work.

Prerequisite Courses (14-15 Credits)
ESET 0110
Introduction to Process Control
and Introduction to Process Control Laboratory
or ESET 0111 Principles of AC Circuit Analysis
ESET 0112Introduction to Digital Logic2
ESET 0112LIntroduction to Digital Logic Laboratory1
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication 13
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I 13
MATH 1143College Algebra 13
Required Courses (33-34 Credits)
INST 0281
INST 0282
INST 0292
INST 0293
Electrical Automation Theory
and Electrical Automation Laboratory
and Process Measurement and Control Theory
and Process Measurement and Control Laboratory
ESET 0212
ESET 0222
ESET 0226
ESET 0292
ESET 0292L
ESET 0293
ESET 0293L
Electrical Systems Documentation and Standards
and Process Control Theory
and Process Control Devices Laboratory
and Electrical Engineering Technology I
and Electrical Engineering Technology I Laboratory
and Electrical Engineering Technology II
and Electrical Engineering Technology II Laboratory
CHEM 1100Concepts of Chemistry 13-4
or PHYS 1101/1101L Elements of Physics
Objective 6: Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing 13
Total Credits47-49