Industrial Electronics Technology
Energy production, transportation, conservation, and efficient use is critical to remaining competitive in the world’s economy. Coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and renewables provide the energy that powers the United States.
Manufacturers of almost every product depend on complex electrical and electronic equipment for a variety of functions. Most industrial equipment contains both electrical and electronic components. The electrical components provide power for the equipment and the electronic components control the equipment. Automatic control systems continuously monitor and direct production on the factory floor. Electronic sensors monitor the manufacturing process and provide feedback to the programmable logic controller (PLC), which controls the equipment. The PLC processes the information provided by the sensors and makes adjustments to the electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment in the manufacturing process.
Field technicians travel to industrial sites to install, maintain, and repair customer equipment. Bench technicians work in repair shops located in service centers and factories. Technicians use diagnostic tools that measure voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, inductance, and gain to calibrate, maintain, and repair equipment.
The Industrial Electronics program will prepare the student for a career in electronics. Knowledge of science, mathematics, and computer aided drafting (CAD), and the practical application of electrical and electronic principles used in industry, enable electronics technicians to work in many areas of business and industry. The Industrial Electronics major places an emphasis on the automatic control of energy production and industrial processes using PLCs, industrial instrumentation, DC and AC machinery, and power distribution.
Graduates may be employed as technicians in installation, operations, maintenance, or sales. Employers may include energy companies, businesses, factories, mines, utilities, and mills.
Transfer and articulation agreements establish pathways for Belmont College graduates to complete an associate degree and then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree seamlessly. Articulation agreements with Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus located in New Philadelphia, Ohio, provide pathways to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.