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Engineering Certificates

These are 2013-2014 plans of study.

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(See specific program sections for Associate of Applied Science degrees in Aviation Maintenance, Electronic Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Quality Assurance)

Engineering Technologies offers four focused certificates (see above) that lead to employment opportunities in technology areas. The certificate coursework and preparation means that the student can be gainfully employed earlier, and, in many instances, with companies that offer tuition reimbursement. These certificates can be combined and count toward an associate degree.

Computer Aided Drafting Technician Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
EET 1115 Basic Digital Systems 3
ITST 1101 Computer Applications for CSET I 2
ENGT 1100 Introduction to Engineering Technology 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7
Semester 2 . .
MECH 1145 CAD I 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 3 . .
MECH 2215 CAD II 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   . 13

Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans used by production workers to build manufactured products. Drafters’ drawings provide visual guidelines, show the technical details of the products, and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Drafters fill in technical details using drawings, rough sketches, specifications, codes, and calculations previously made by engineers or scientists. Some use their knowledge of engineering and manufacturing theory and standards to draw the parts of a machine to determine design elements, such as the numbers and kinds of fasteners needed to assemble the machine. Drafters use technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and computers to complete their work.

Traditionally, drafters sat at drawing boards and used pencils, pens, compasses, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices to prepare a drawing manually. Most drafters now use Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) systems to prepare drawings. Consequently, some drafters may be referred to as CADD operators. CADD systems employ computers to create and store drawings electronically that can then be viewed, printed, or programmed

directly into automated manufacturing systems. These systems also permit drafters to prepare variations of a design quickly. Although drafters use CADD extensively, it is only a tool. Persons who produce technical drawings with CADD still function as drafters and need the knowledge of traditional drafters, in addition to CADD skills. Despite the nearly universal use of CADD systems, manual drafting and sketching still are used in certain applications.

Engineering Assembly Technician Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGT 1115 Engineering Graphics 3
ITST 1101 Computer Applications for CSET I 2
ENGT 1100 Introduction to Engineering Technology 2
EET 1105 Basic DC Electronic Systems 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Semester 2 . .
MECH 1240 Machine Tools 3
QUAL 1112 Modern Quality Systems 4
EET 2205 PCB Design, Assembly and Testing 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 20

Assemblers and fabricators play an important role in the manufacturing process. They are responsible for putting together finished and semi-finished goods, assembling the pieces of components of a product and then joining the components into a whole product.

Assemblers begin by reading detailed schematics or blueprints that show how to assemble complex machines. After determining how parts should connect, they often need to use hand or power tools to trim, shim, cut, and make other adjustments to join components and align them properly. Once the parts are properly aligned, they connect parts with bolts and screws or by welding or soldering pieces together. Careful quality control is important throughout the assembly process, so assemblers look for both mistakes in the assembly process and faulty components. They try to help fix problems before more defective products are produced.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Automated manufacturing systems now use robots, computers, programmable motion control devices, and various sensing technologies. These systems change the way in which goods are made and affect the jobs of those who make them. The more advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and be comfortable using them to produce goods.

Engineering Technician Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGT 1115 Engineering Graphics  3
ITST 1101 Computer Applications for CSET I  2
ENGT 1100 Introduction to Engineering Technology  2
EET 1105 Basic DC Electronic Systems  3
MECH 1150 Manufacturing Materials & Processes  3
EET 1115 Basic Digital Systems  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
MECH 1240 Machine Tools  3
EET 2205 PCB Design, Assembly and Testing  3
MATH 1113 Technical Mathematics  5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 27

Engineering technicians use application-oriented principles of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research, development, and manufacturing. Their work is more limited in scope than that of scientists and engineers. Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production. Although many workers who repair or maintain various types of electrical, electronic, or mechanical equipment are called technicians, those interested in repair and maintenance should pursue the Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Certificate.

Manufacturing Maintenance Technician Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
EMEC 1250 Motors & Control Logic  4
ITST 1101 Computer Applications for CSET I  2
ENGT 1100 Introduction to Engineering Technology  2
EET 1105 Basic DC Electronic Systems  3
EET 1115 Basic Digital Systems  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
Semester 2 . .
EMEC 1251 Control Logic and PLCs  4
EET 2205 PCB Design, Assembly and Testing  3
MATH 1113 Technical Mathematics  5
EET 1125 Basic AC Electronic Systems  3
MECH 2243 Robotics  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 31

Electrical equipment and electronic equipment are two distinct types of industrial equipment, although much equipment contains both electrical and electronic components. In general, electrical portions provide the power for the equipment, while electronic components control the device, although many types of equipment still are controlled with electrical devices. Electronic sensors monitor the equipment and the manufacturing process, providing feedback to the programmable logic controller (PLC), which controls the equipment. The PLC processes the information provided by the sensors and makes adjustments to optimize output. To adjust the output, the PLC sends signals to the electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic devices that power the machine—changing feed rates, pressures, and other variables in the manufacturing process. Many installers and repairers, known as field technicians, travel to factories (or other locations) to repair equipment or to perform preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Bench technicians work in repair shops located in factories and service centers, fixing components that cannot be repaired on the factory floor.