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.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 1 - ENGL 1101 13
Objective 2 - COMM 11013
Objective 3 - MATH 1143 13
Objective 5 -CHEM 1100 or PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1101L4
Objective 63
Total Credits16

 “P” courses are equivalent to the original course.

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 1110
Introduction to Process Control
and Introduction to Process Control Laboratory
or ESET 1111 Principles of AC Circuit Analysis
ESET 1112Introduction to Digital Logic2
ESET 1112LIntroduction to Digital Logic Laboratory1
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
ENGL 1101Writing and Rhetoric I3
MATH 1143Precalculus I: Algebra3
Required Courses (33-34 Credits)
INST 2281
INST 2282
INST 2293
INST 2295
INST 2296
Electrical Automation Theory
and Electrical Automation Laboratory
and Process Measurement and Control Laboratory
and Process Measurement and Control Theory
and Process Dynamics
ESET 2222
ESET 2226
ESET 2292
ESET 2292L
ESET 2293
ESET 2293L
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 Chemistry4
or PHYS 1101/1101L Elements of Physics
Objective 6: Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing3
Total Credits47-49

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements (Required General Education credits removed)5-6
General Education16
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed)37
Free Electives
Total Credits58-59