Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Automation and Instrumentation Technician: CC (SLTC)(CTE)

Certificate of Completion | 985 clock hours

Program Website
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Program Description
This program supports a wide variety of Automated Controls and Instrumentation occupations, involving automated systems, instrumentation, measurements, electric motors, controls systems, robotics, mechatronics, and the application of fluid power systems. In addition, this program follows the guidelines of the International Society of Automation, offering related courses that help to support and prepare for the ISA associate CST examination, as an entrance point. The Core Automation will provide the valued skills set required by industries involved in manufacturing, mining, refineries, robotics, building automation, renewable energy, and full-on industrial controls systems. The program provides a solid foundation of industrial electronics, to include the basic theory, laws, circuits, and fundamentals of AC/DC, Analog and Digital electronics. In addition, the student will learn how to use various test equipment for calibration, tuning, trouble-shooting and repair of electronic circuits. Students learn the skills required of an Automation and Instrumentation Technician to understand, control, maintain, construct, troubleshoot, and repair modern electronic automated systems. Coverage of industrial data communications is also included, as well as applications, theory and project based programmable logic controllers. The student has gained knowledge and practical psychomotor skills set, with the ability to work as a trained Automation/Controls/Instrumentation/Maintenance Technician.

Career Opportunities
Occupations in this area.

  • 17-3024.01 - Robotics Technicians
  • 17-3023.01 - Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 17-3024.00 - Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • 49-2094.00 - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 49-9012.00 - Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
  • 49-9071.00 - Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • 49-9099.01 - Geothermal Technicians

Gainful Employment:
Job Outlook: Employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Job Summary: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Pay: The median annual wage was $63,660.00 in May 2017.

Work Environment: Electrical and electronics engineering technicians work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, engineering services, the federal government, research-and-development laboratories, and the utilities industry.

State of Utah Employment in May 2017: 1,390 with an annual mean wage of $61,210.00

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/satts/cost-financial-aid.aspx.
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.

Program Entry Requirements
TABE Test Required:

  • Reading: 8.0
  • Math: 10.0

Recommended: Ability to apply Basic Computer Literacy and to distinguish differences in colors, as these are abilities used in electronics technologies

Program Requirements

Time to Completion

Approximately 13 months

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic thru-hole and surface mount soldering for electronic assemblies. [1]
  • Apply Electronics Math concepts, Mathematics and Formulas, basic math, metric notation, algebra, and right-triangle trigonometry, and utilize scientific calculators. [1,3]
  • Utilize Technical Writing concepts, applying knowledge to demonstration and usage of lab reports, proposals, communications, and engineering lab project reports and related documentation. [1,2]
  • Demonstrate Industrial Electronics Fundamentals for industrial control, motion, sensors, safety, loops, wiring, communications, test equipment and troubleshooting. [1,3]
  • Demonstrate Electronics Fundamentals for DC, AC, Analog and Digital as required and applied to Industrial Control and Automated systems. [1,3]
  • Demonstrate knowledge at an Associate Technician level, by obtaining CET certification. [1,3]
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the national electrical code, the structure and logic of the NEC, and NEMA industry standards. [1,3]
  • Demonstrate automated systems knowledge, instrumentation and motion control, sensors, temperature measuring devices, level measuring instruments, DC and AC motors, control techniques, calibration, tuning, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers, servomechanisms, and various instrumentation and process classes and programming associated with industrial automated systems. [1,3]
  • Demonstrate instrumentation and control documentation, development of piping and instrument diagrams [P&IDs], related ANSI/ISA drawings, and the reading/interpreting and application of these documents. [1,8,9]
  • Demonstrate measurement and control knowledge, fundamentals of industrial process, measurement and control of flow and level, apply principles necessary to understand the variables that affect industrial automation and process control systems, process control, loops, industrial instrumentation for flow and level, and ability to connect and operate process control circuits. [1,3,8,9]
  • Demonstrate programmable logic controllers knowledge, programming, installation, maintaining procedures, hardware components, development of wiring diagrams, Ladder Logic Programs, Programming of Timers, Counters, Data Manipulation, Sequencer, Shift Register Instructions, and ability to setup, wire and program a PLC for industrial applications. [1,3,8,9]
  • Demonstrate electric motors and control systems knowledge, motor types, control systems, electric motor operation, selection, installation, control, industrial applications of variable speed drives, torque, constant horsepower, variable torque/variable horsepower, starter circuits, jog, forward and reverse operation, troubleshooting and the ability to connect and operate motor control circuits. [1]
  • Demonstrate fluid power systems knowledge, fluid power technology, how electrical currents control the operation of fluid power systems, the design, analysis, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of fluid power systems for both hydraulics and pneumatics systems. [1]
  • Demonstrate maintenance of instruments & systems knowledge, maintenance requirements for pneumatic and electrical/electronic devices, DCS systems, analytical instrumentation, fiber optics, smart instruments, installing, configuring and calibrating transmitters, transducers, and controllers. [1]
  • Demonstrate troubleshooting automated systems knowledge, systematic approach to logical troubleshooting, test equipment, wiring diagrams, programmable electronic systems, communication circuits, transient problems, software, start-up of single-and multi-loop control loops, pressure, level, flow, and how temperature loops operate to maintain good process control systems. [1,4]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industrial data communications, troubleshooting, maintain both legacy/ leading-edge systems, terminology, standards, protocols including EIA/TIA 232, 485, and IEEE 802. [1,4,8]
  • Demonstrate ability to complete a job application, utilize networking skills for job search, produce a resume and demonstration of interviewing skills. [1,2,9]