This major is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of career opportunities in the area of robotics, industrial process control, and automation systems. A core of fundamental courses and laboratory experiences equip students with basic knowledge of electronic circuits and devices, digital/microprocessor systems, computers and networks, and programming/software tools. This curriculum is complemented by a series of courses and laboratory experiences in programmable logic controllers, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and vision and motion control systems, which will enhance employment opportunities in industrial automation systems, robotics, and associated fields.

Career Opportunities

Industrial and process control-specific positions, such as automation controls technician, project engineer, programmer, drive controls engineer, instrumentation/calibration mechanic.

Recommended High School Subjects

Strong preparation in mathematics and science with good communication skills. Hands-on skills in electronics are helpful but not necessary.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the Robotics & Automation website.

Remediation Strategies

Students who test at a math placement level one (MTH 004) are not permitted to take Electronics (EET) courses until MTH 004 has been successfully completed. Students who placement test into MTH 006, ENL 001 and RDG (001 or 111) are not permitted to take Electronics courses until remediation has been completed in at least one area. Students testing deficient in English and/or reading are required to remediate these areas during their first semester. Students testing into MTH 005 or MTH 006 will be permitted to take first semester Electronics courses. Students need to be in MTH 180 or above in their second semester; otherwise, students will need instructor permission to continue into a second semester Electronics course.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply principles of circuit design and analysis of analog, digital, microprocessor-based and networked systems.
  • apply automation control concepts to industrial applications.
  • use appropriate interpersonal, verbal, and written communications and information literacy skills to work independently and cooperatively within an organization to promote the goals and objectives of a team, division, or company.
  • demonstrate a cooperative and responsible attitude; respect cultural diversity and ethical behavior.
  • utilize information literacy and technology resources in continuous, independent learning throughout his or her career.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
EET114 Introduction to Digital Electronics 3 3 M REQ
EET115 Digital Circuits Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET116 Electronic Circuits and Devices I 5 3 6 M REQ
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET154 Introduction to Microprocessors 3 3 M REQ
EET155 Microprocessor Applications I 1 3 M REQ
EET156 Electronic Circuits and Devices II 5 3 6 M REQ
EET158 Software Tools for the Engineering Technologist 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET204 Network Installation and Maintenance 3 3 M REQ
EET205 Network Maintenance Laboratory 1 3 M REQ
EET209 Systems Troubleshooting Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET246 Robotics and Fluid Power 3 2 3 M REQ
EET248 Introduction to Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET258 Advanced Automation Control Concepts and Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
EET254 Process Control Theory 3 3 M REQ
EET255 Process Control Applications 1 3 M REQ
EET256 Motion Control 4 3 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
or
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
or
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
or
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
or
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
TOTAL CREDITS 18