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WVC Industrial Technology - Electronics

Electronics Program Course Descriptions

Please see the program guide for the full list of courses required for this program.

Business Computer Technology Courses

BCT 116   3 credits
Professional Work Relations
Study of technical and interpersonal skills desired in changing workplace environment, including leadership, teamwork and employers' expectations. The focus is on real-world tools for problem solving a simulated workplace.

Computer Technology Courses

CTS 110   5 credits
Computer Hardware
Computer hardware troubleshooting. Designed to help prepare students for industry certifications as well as provide practical hands-on experience.

Electricity Courses

ELEC 115    5 credits
Applied Electricity

An introduction to applied electricity in the industrial trades, this course discusses basic alternating (AC) and direct (DC) current, transformers, motors, relays, reactance, electrical power generation and power distribution systems. Prerequisites: MATH 096 or MATH 093 or instructor's signature.

ELEC 125    5 credits
Wiring Diagrams and Schematics

In-depth study of ladder and pictorial wiring diagrams and schematics as applied to various industrial applications specifically in electronics, manufacturing, industrial food processing, refrigeration and industrial equipment manufacturers' circuits.

ELEC 135    3 credits
Control Fundamentals

Basic introductory course for understanding control theory and principles of automatic controls used for residential, commercial and industrial equipment. Includes application, service and installation procedures for electrical, electronic and mechanical control systems. Prerequisites: ELEC 125 or instructor's signature.

ELEC 225    5 credits
Industrial Electricity and Controls

Review of industrial electricity to include discussion on generation, power distribution, wiring, electrical code, transformers, solid-state motor starters, AC and DC motors, power-factor correction, speed controllers and schematics. Prerequisite: ELEC 115.

Engineering Courses

ENGR 102    4 credits
Engineering Graphics and Design

This introductory course in graphical drawing and blueprint interpretation includes orthographic projections, pictorials, lettering, scales, basic dimensioning, blueprint reading plus interpretation of documents related to blueprints such as construction contract documents, specifications and addendum, emphasizing commercial and industrial building construction. Laboratory time includes practice with basic drafting techniques.

ENGR 105    5 credits
Computer-aided Design

This course provides familiarization with computer-aided drafting techniques using an interactive microcomputer CAD system. Students create, edit and store basic drawings using a tablet digitizer and/or screen menu consisting of geometric forms and alphanumeric characters. Laboratory included. Prerequisites: strongly recommend basic computer knowledge.

English Courses

ENGL 100    5 credits
Writing in the Workplace

Introduces writing skills needed in the workplace with emphasis in technical writing. Practice specific skills as a single effort and a collaborative effort both in and out of class. Prerequisites: ASSET/COMPASS placement in ENGL 097 or a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in ENGL 090 and/or ENGL 092 as determined by placement testing. Keyboarding skills recommended.

Industrial Electronics Courses

ELTRO 101   5 credits
Basic DC-1

Fundamental theory, multi-meter usage, Ohm's Law, series and parallel circuits, voltage and current laws, series/parallel combination circuits, DC motors, generators, semi-conductors, and instrumentation. A lab section provides hands-on exercises to reinforce principles and applications to test and troubleshoot circuits. Prerequisites: MATH 096 or MATH 093 or instructor's permission.

ELTRO 121   5 credits
Digital Electronics

A comprehensive focus on the concepts, terminology, components and circuits that combine to form the basic digital electronic system. Includes digital number systems, gates, inverters, Boolean algebra, flip-flops, registers, timers and counters. Hands-on lab exercises include building logic gate circuits and working with 7400 series digital components. Prerequisites: ELTRO 101 or instructor's permission.

ELTRO 132   5 credits
Intro to Computerized Controls and PLCs

Introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Includes practical lab work on industrial PLC controls. Basic ladder logic programming skills and installation methods will be introduced. Experiment with a PLC controller/simulator and mechanically controlled systems with physical inputs and outputs to reinforce concepts. Prerequisites: ELTRO 121 or instructor's permission.

ELTRO 202   2 credits
Intro to National Electric Code (NEC)

Covers the current edition of the National Electric Code (NEC). Through classroom lecture and discussion, develops comprehension of the NEC sections and relevant industrial electronics and electricity applications.

ELTRO 210   5 credits
Programming Software for PLCs

Course focuses on development, design and implementation of advanced programming ladder logic software and subroutines to perform industrial control processes and applications. Data organization, file management, relay instructions, comparisons, sequencers and PID control will be introduced and applied through hands-on exercises. Prerequisites: ELTRO 132.

ELTRO 220   3 credits
Control Devices and Motor Drives

The theory of operation, calibration and troubleshooting of common control valves, actuators and motor drives, including electronic variable frequency drives (VFDs) and variable speed drives (VSDs). Prerequisite: ELTRO 210.

ELTRO 221   5 credits
Graphic Interface Programs for PLCs

Covers elements of drag-and-drop, relaxed editor, programming and using graphics for touch-screen technology, and how to program symbolically for reusable ladder development. Includes use of software to create human machine interface (HMI/MMI) technologies, object-oriented animated graphics, and enhanced trending, alarming, derived tag creation and event detection. Prerequisite: ELTRO 210

ELTRO 223   3 credits
Programming Software for Tag-Based PLCs

Focuses on the development, design and implementation of advanced programming ladder logic using tag-based data organization. Class focuses on the useful "tag-naming" of PLC outputs, inputs and their use in PLC logic. Tag-naming enables students to construct PLC programs that are readable and understandable by tradespersons across industry. Prerequisites: ELTRO 132.

ELTRO 230   5 credits
Programmable Logic Controller Network

Introduces the many networks for online communications, including Serial, ControlNet, DeviceNet, Profibus and Ethernet networks. Also use network technology to multicast input devices, share data between controllers and control remote I/O. Prerequisite: ELTRO 220.

ELTRO 231   5 credits
Troubleshooting Electronic PLC Control Systems

Learn procedures for isolating and safely correcting problems in an industrial electricity/electronics system. Includes editing, uploading, downloading, saving and restoring PLC programs, and interpreting basic ladder logic instructions. Hands-on practice uses actual electronic controls and PLC system workstations. Prerequisites: ELTRO 210.

ELTRO 240   5 credits
Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Introduction to hydraulic and pneumatic systems, fluids, pumps, sensors, control devices, control valves, hydraulic cylinders, and receiver controllers. Includes system energy requirements, hydraulic and pneumatic logic, and the requirements and examples for interfacing into electronic Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) automation controllers.

Industrial Technology Courses

INDT 164    5 credits
Plant Maintenance

An overview of the proper maintenance associated with industrial and commercial equipment. Both mechanical and electrical hands-on skills will be included. Students will study bearing and bearing failures, vibration analysis, thermal imaging, specific plant safety hazards and the monetary benefits of a well-executed maintenance strategy.


Occupational Education Courses

OCED 130    4 credits
Industrial Safety

This course informs students of hazards and related safety procedures in industrial facilities such as mills, smelters, power generation plants and packing facilities. First aid and CPR certifications will be given to successful students. Proper fire extinguishing techniques, MSDS, Lock-out Tag-out procedures, chemical safety, PPE and accident reporting are embedded.

Welding Courses

WELD 128    3 credits
Basic Welding

Theory, application and practice of arc and oxyacetylene welding and cutting.

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