Industrial Technology Program Module Descriptions

The following modules include the instructional topics for the Industrial Technology Program. Individual modules cannot be taken separately.

ADVANCED SCADA CONTROL SYSTEMS (90 Hours)
Advanced SCADA control systems introduces participants to concepts in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems, including design, architecture and programming. 

APPLIED GENERAL CHEMISTRY (45 Hours)
Applied General Chemistry addresses specific applications of general chemistry.  Participants learn chemical theories including atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactivity, gas laws, acids and bases, and solutions. Labs emphasize industry-related laboratory skills and competencies including laboratory safety and report writing.

APPLIED MATHEMATICS (90 Hours)
Applied Mathematics is a comprehensive study of mathematical skills used in a variety of technical occupations.  Participants gain a strong mathematical foundation in the principles and applications of decimals, fractions, percentages, ratio/ proportion, order of operations, geometry, elements of algebra, and statistics. Performing basic computations and solving relevant, multi-step mathematical problems using industry relevant examples and technology. 

BIO-PROCESS EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS (90 Hours)
Bio-process equipment and systems introduces participants to the equipment and process systems found in the bio-process industries. Participants will learn to operate and maintain heat exchangers, compressors, and valves common to process operations. Systems include: distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors and cryogenic cooling systems. 

BIO-PROCESS OPERATIONS AND TROUBLESHOOTING (90 Hours)
The Bio-process operations and troubleshooting course introduces participants to different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems through the application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships and reasoning. They operate actual and simulated distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors ethanol, biodiesel, and LNG processes. 

MOTORS AND MOTOR CONTROL FOR INTEGRATED SYSTEMS (60 Hours) 
The Fundamentals of Motors and Motor Control Systems is an introduction to the basic principles, components and logic programs that integrate motors to systems. Course work emphasizes an overall understanding of the systems, engineering, equipment, and operations of a typical motor system 

FLUID POWER SYSTEMS (45 Hours)
Fluid Power Systems provides participants with the fundamental concepts of fluid power theory. It introduces the function and purpose of various fluid power components and circuits used in a variety of industrial and manufacturing processes. The course provides practical exercises in troubleshooting hydraulic systems. 

FUNDAMENTALS OF AC (45 Hours)
Fundamentals of AC introduces participants to alternating current theory. The course includes circuit configurations, source and load types, as well as the wiring configurations of common AC electrical devices.  Practical exercises reinforce theory, incorporate experiential learning, and emphasize basic circuit analysis and troubleshooting. The course contextualizes the proper use of electrical tools and test equipment.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DC (45 Hours)
The Fundamentals of DC introduces participants to direct current theory and the laws that represent electrical concepts. The course includes circuit and wiring configurations of common DC electrical devices. Practical exercises reinforce theory, incorporate experiential learning, and emphasize basic circuit analysis and troubleshooting. The course contextualizes the proper use of electrical tools and test equipment.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY (20 Hours)
The Electrical Safety course emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills to reinforce the attitudes and behaviors required for safe and environmentally sound work habits.  It highlights the importance of regulatory compliance, proper use of PPE, and understanding procedures. Topics are reinforced with performance exercises and demonstrations.

FUNDAMENTALS OF GROUNDING AND BONDING (45 Hours)
The Fundamentals of Grounding and Bonding is an overview of the basic principles of grounding and bonding as defined by the NEC.  The course will familiarize the student with the proper use of industry accepted terminology applicable to the electrical trade as it relates to grounding and bonding. Course work emphasizes the NFPA NEC 2011 as the standard for grounding and bonding requirements. 

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE (45 Hours)
The Fundamentals of National Electrical Code is an interpretive study of the various codes that apply to the electrical construction industry, including the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70 NEC 2011). The course familiarizes the participant with the proper use of industry accepted terminology applicable to the electrical trade introducing a systematic approach to using the National Electrical Code Book, related safety organizations and their guidelines.

TRANSFORMER PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS (30 Hours) 
Transformer Principles and Applications is a comprehensive study of the function and application of transformers as applied to the electrical construction industry. The course familiarizes participants with the proper selection, installation configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting methodology of transformers applicable to the electrical trade.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MECHANICAL DRIVE SYSTEMS (45 Hours)
Participants gain a practical understanding of mechanical transmission systems used in transportation, industrial, agricultural, and manufacturing applications. The course combines theory with industry-relevant skills including installation, operation, and performance analysis of mechanical transmission systems incorporating practical exercises on basic mechanical transmission systems using chains, v-belts, spur gears, bearings, and couplings. 

FUNDAMENTAL OF POWER GENERATION TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION (90 Hours)
This course is an introduction to the design and function of classical power systems. Participants will gain an understanding of the systems, engineering, equipment and operations of a typical electric power system. 

INTELLIGENT ENERGY SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE (90 Hours)
Structural elements of a power transmission and distribution system with intelligent energy system enhancements. Participants conduct a detailed analysis of distributed generation, communication & measuring systems, and information integration solutions hardware and software. The course includes practical exercises using power system dynamic simulation.  

INTELLIGENT ENERGY SYSTEMS FUNDAMENTALS (45 Hours)
Intelligent Energy Systems Fundamentals is the foundation for studies of Intelligent Energy Systems, commonly referred to as Smart Grid. Participants are introduced to the national and international programs policies, and emerging technology that will modernize electric power transmission and distributions systems.

INTELLIGENT ENERGY SYSTEMS INTEROPERABILITY (90 Hours)
IES Interoperability incorporates the fundamental concepts of power generation systems with smart grid technology, participants develop a deeper understanding of the emerging technology of  Intelligent Energy Systems with direct experience in the design, implementation and operation of a power management system.

MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND TROUBLESHOOTING (63 Hours)
This course combines the operations of multiple manufacturing and industrial systems into operational processes. Participants operate actual and simulated manufacturing processes, and incorporate troubleshooting techniques and methods to solve problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships and reasoning. Laboratory instruction involves troubleshooting problems initiated by the instructor on a variety of industrial and manufacturing processes.

PRIMARY POWER SYSTEMS-COMMERCIAL WIRING (45 Hours)
This course provides students with an understanding of the more complex wiring requirements of commercial installations. Substation, branch circuit and feeders, and emergency power systems installations as well as wiring methods transformers and operations in hazardous locations. The course provides practical exercises in fault detection and isolation.

PRINCIPLES OF QUALITY (45 Hours)
The Principles of Quality is a study of the background and application of quality concepts for the process industry. Participants learn and apply practices in process sampling and analysis of variance for process products and instruments.

PROCESS EQUIPMENT (60 Hours)
The process equipment course introduces tools and equipment common to the process industries. Participants study the theory and operation of heat exchangers, compressors, valves, pumps  and other equipment This course includes alternative energy process equipment such as, wind turbines, environmental monitoring systems, hydrogen fuel cell, bioethanol, and biodiesel equipment. 

PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION I (45 Hours)
Process instrumentation is a study of the instruments and instrument systems used in a variety of processing industries, including instrumentation unique to alternative energy production and processing. Participants learn instrument terminology, primary variables, symbology, and control loops, as well as temperature, pressure and flow formulas.

PROCESS OPERATIONS (60 Hours)
Process Operations combines multiple systems into operational processes. Participants operate actual and simulated distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors, power generation, waste treatment, ethanol, biodiesel, and LNG processes.

PROCESS SYSTEMS (60 Hours)
Process Systems introduces participants to a variety of common operational systems typically found in the industry and their related scientific principles. Systems include: distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors, power generation, and waste treatment as well as photovoltaic, environmental monitoring, fuel cells, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and bio-fuel production.

PROCESS TECHNOLOGY CAPSTONE EXTERNSHIP (45 Hours)
Participants work at a capstone externship project providing experience working with process technicians on-site at local companies. This capstone provides experience in team building, interpersonal, social skills, and communications as they apply to an industrial environment. The participants take employment entrance examinations and experience a series of mock employment interviews.

PROGRAMABLE LOGIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (90 Hours)
Programmable Logic Control Systems introduces participants to ladder-logic design and integration of programmable logic control equipment used in industry and manufacturing.  The course incorporates PLC and SCADA systems with an emphasis on practical uses. 

SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT (45 Hours)
The Safety Health and Environment course teaches personal protective equipment, hazardous materials, electrical and arc-flash safety as well as a comprehensive review of current state and federal regulations. Course topics are reinforced through scenarios performed at the campus as well as industrial sites.    

TRANSIT PLANNING AND OPERATIONS (45 Hours)
This course provides participants with a basic understanding of transit operations.  The course covers the fundamental theory of transit service planning including; timetable development, headway and frequency determination, as well as vehicle and crew scheduling.   Service reliability and control are discussed, and participants use modeling methods to analyze reliability in an operational environment.  

TRANSIT SIGNALING SYSTEMS (63 Hours)
This course provides participants with a fundamental understanding of rail signal systems operations and maintenance, including fail safe principles of signals, track circuits signal system operations, and safe train system operations.  The course is based on the recommended practices on the American Public Transit Association (APTA).

TROUBLESHOOTING FOR THE PROCESS INDUSTRY (90 Hours)
Troubleshooting instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships and reasoning. Laboratory instruction involves troubleshooting problems initiated by the instructor in a process simulator.