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Instrumentation and Control – Industrial Electronics 

This program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. Coursework includes instruction in instrumentation installation and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation. 

 

Career Possibilities 

Instrumentation and control technicians work with specialized equipment including advanced process controllers (APC), distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). The use of these disciplines will depend on the exact nature of individual job roles.  Other skills identified are: 

 

  • Testing, maintaining and modifying existing systems
  • Analyzing data and presenting findings in written reports
  • Working collaboratively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal staff
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Understanding and ensuring compliance with the health and safety regulations and quality standards of the country in which work is undertaken
  • Purchasing equipment; writing computer software and test procedures
  • Accepting responsibility and a level of accountability that is proportionate to the seniority of the position

 

Speculation for new jobs in Ohio ranges from 20,000 to 200,000 jobs. According to www.marcelluscoalition.org, nearly 40 job titles in the following categories:  production operations, drilling operations, exploration, environmental, construction, service, land & legal, and natural gas sales.  More than 35 oil and gas employers from Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania are posting jobs on a regular basis with area employment agencies.  These open positions are becoming the in-demand jobs. 

 

Course Examples 

Programmable Logic Controllers

An introduction to the Allen-Bradley series of programmable controllers, such as SLC-500, Micrologix 1000, and Micrologix 1200.  Numbering systems, memory organization, I/O addressing, and programming instructions will be covered.  Also the development of ladder logic diagrams as related to hardware application in industry will be studied.  Hardwiring real I/O will be stressed on Micrologix 1200 controlled electrical panels.  Programming and operation of the SLC-500 Programmable Controller using RSLogix500 Advanced Programming Language will be employed to develop programs using block formatted programming instructions in a graphical environment. Programming instructions are studied in detail and used in a variety of lab programming assignments.  Hands-on programming problems are solved using a Micrologix1000 PLC controlled conveyor system.

Instrumentation

Introduction to Industrial Instrumentation in learning to understand the basics of planning, designing, operating, testing, analyzing, evaluating, or maintaining industrial instrumentation systems.  Open and closed-loop industrial control systems as well as motor control circuits associated with industrial instrumentation is also covered in this course.  This course concentrate on electronic measurements rather than the older pneumatic instruments to make process measurements.

Process Control Integration

This course is an integration of electronic systems to measure, quantify and control processes in an industrial setting.  The use of computer networks along with more traditional dedicated systems are explained and modeled by students taking this course.  Upon completion of this course a student should have a fundamental concept of process functions and the controls that are required to measure, monitor, and control these processes.  An emphasis upon safety is also made to align with current industrial requirements. 

 

Program Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the theory and operation of basic industrial systems in a safe workplace environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand blueprints, schematic diagrams and interpret National Codes.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to install and connect components and program devices used in basic industrial systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, test, troubleshoot, and repair components and circuits used in basic industrial systems and show how these systems are integrated into a larger process
  5. Participate in an internship experience or capstone course that will enable each student to make the connection between theory and practice.