(Effective Fall 2011)

This major is designed to prepare women and men 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.
  • 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 in the workplace that reflects cultural diversity and ethical behavior in modern society.
  • utilize information literacy and technology resources in continuous, independent learning throughout his or her career.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
EET114 Introduction to Digital Electronics 3  
EET115 Digital Circuits Applications 1  
EET116 Electronic Circuits and Devices I 5  
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits
EET154 Introduction to Microprocessors 3  
EET155 Microprocessor Applications I 1  
EET156 Electronic Circuits and Devices II 5  
EET158 Software Tools for the Engineering Technologist 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits
EET204 Network Installation and Maintenance 3  
EET205 Network Maintenance Laboratory 1  
EET209 Systems Troubleshooting Applications 1  
EET244 Robotics and Automated Systems 4  
EET250 Introduction to Sensing and Control 3  
EET251 Sensing and Control Applications I 1  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
EET252 Intermediate Sensing and Control 3  
EET253 Sensing and Control Applications II 1  
EET254 Process Control Theory 3  
EET255 Process Control Applications 1  
EET256 Motion Control 4  
SCI Science Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18