This course will cover Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards, industrial hazards, personal protective equipment, fire and emergency response, Lockout/Tagout (LOTO), and ergonomics.
Prerequisite: ELI Accuplacer score of 221 or higher, APT score of 80 or higher, ELI 103 (C or better), ELI 104 (C or better), ELI 110 (C or better), or College Reading and Writing Readiness AND Basic Algebra Readiness.
Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.
Offered Summer 2018: No
This course will cover basic manufacturing and production, basic measurement devices, manufacturing efficiency techniques and industrial supply chain systems.
Corequisite: ARM 111 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover simple machines, basic electrical and fluid power systems, basic troubleshooting and problem solving techniques, and basic preventive and total productive maintenance.
Corequisite: ARM 112 (C or better) or consent of department
This course covers the role of technical drawings in industry, examples of different types of technical drawings, measurements using rulers, calipers and micrometers, and introduction to sketching techniques and to 3-view drawings.
This course continues coverage of 3-view visualization and sketching techniques. It also covers introduction to special views, dimensioning techniques and drawing layout.
Corequisite: ARM 116 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover tolerancing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) terminology and basic object drawing, modification of existing CAD drawings and CAD dimensioning.
Corequisite: ARM 117 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover the history and development of robots, types of robots, robot components, and basic robot physics. The course will also touch on technical sketching as applied to robot design.
This course will cover spur, bevel and worm gears, gear trains, mobile chassis design, wheel configurations, DC and AC motors, servo and stepper motors, and power supplies as applied to mobile robots.
Corequisite: ARM 131 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover microcontrollers, digital and analog signals, sensors, friction and bearings as applied to mobile robots along with the design and construction of robotic arms.
Corequisite: ARM 132 (C or better) or consent of department
This course covers basic safety protocol, the role of mechanical components in complex mechatronic systems, the flow of energy in a mechatronic system, calculation of force, accelerations, speed, torque, etc. and basic maintenance and systems-level troubleshooting.
This course covers gears and gear drives, chain and sprocket systems, power transmission, pulley drives, synchronous drives, lubrication requirements of mechanical components, analyzing technical data sheets, and basic troubleshooting.
Corequisite: ARM 151 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover mechanical shafts, couplings and bearings, lubrication, preventative and predictive maintenance of shafts, couplings, bushings, seals and bearings, alignment and troubleshooting.
Corequisite: ARM 152 (C or better) or consent of department
This course introduces students to principles of professional behavior in the industrial workplace. It covers the individual attitude and behavioral skills that are important to a person's success in an industrial environment. Students are typically enrolled in STEM technical career areas such as mechatronics, environmental technology, machine tool trades and other similar career areas.
This course will cover the basic electrical components in a mechatronic system. Topics covered will include electrical safety; current, voltage, resistance and power in AC and DC circuits; principles of resistance, inductance, capacitance, impedance, frequency, magnetism and transformers; basic function of AC/DC power supplies; operation of multimeters, oscilloscopes, frequency counters, wiggys, logic probes and amp clamps.
This course will cover fundamentals of parallel circuits, balancing bridges, reed switches, current dividers, voltage dividers, relays, indicators, solenoids and troubleshooting.
Corequisite: ARM 156 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover electromagnetism; switches; photoelectric, capacitive, and inductive sensors; DC motor and generator introduction; AC motor and circuitry introduction; waveforms; instrumentation, and troubleshooting techniques.
Corequisite: ARM 157 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover electrical safety, fundamentals of DC motor operations, starting methods for DC motors, speed control, and troubleshooting DC motors, introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC terminology, hardware components and general classification of PLCs.
This course will cover fundamentals of AC motors, intro to 3-phase distribution, transformers, PLC architecture, peripheral support devices, analog and digital circuit structures, and Boolean algebra.
Corequisite: ARM 171 (C or better) or consent of department
This course covers AC induction motors, AC motor starting methods, AC motor speed control, and PLC input/output module devices and symbols.
Corequisite: ARM 172 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover regenerative braking, National Electrical code (NEC) standards for installation and overload protection of motors, relay logic and ladder logic diagrams, circuit diagrams, scan time, and fundamentals of PLC programming.
Corequisite: ARM 173 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover entering and editing a PLC program, monitoring a program, component addressing, analog to digital conversions, PLC program troubleshooting and troubleshooting codes.
Corequisite: ARM 174 or consent of department
This is course will cover PLC data manipulation instruction, closed loop systems, arithmetic functions, and technical limits in implementation and how to overcome and improve them.
Corequisite: ARM 175 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover basic safety rules and standards when working with mechatronic systems, introduction to fluid power, basic principles of hydraulics, fluid power components, hydraulic fluids and basic principles of pneumatics.
This course will continue coverage of basic pneumatics and will also cover power supplies, vacuum pumps, circuit diagrams and system tracing, pneumatic components, and system operation and troubleshooting.
Corequisite: ARM 191 (C or better) or consent of department
This course will cover electronic controls, hydraulic cylinders and directional control valves, technical documentation, measurements and adjustments on a fluid system, troubleshooting and predictive/preventative maintenance.
Corequisite: ARM 192 (C or better) or consent of department
This is the second module of a four module, one credit hour capstone course which will provide students with the skills and knowledge to repair, operate and troubleshoot an entire mechatronics system. The emphasis in this module will be electric and electronic systems.
Prerequisite: ARM 153, ARM 158, and ARM 173 (all C or better)
This is the third module of a four module, one credit hour capstone course which will provide students with the skills and knowledge to repair, operate and troubleshoot an entire mechatronics system. The emphasis in this module will be pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
Concurrent Enrollment: ARM 196
This is the fourth module of a four module, one credit hour capstone course which will provide students with the skills and knowledge to repair, operate and troubleshoot an entire mechatronics system. The emphasis in this module will be PLC and whole mechatronic system diagnostics.
Concurrent Enrollment: ARM 197
This course covers process management and design in the field of manufacturing and mechatronics. The primary emphasis is process design, with an emphasis on manufacturing constraints. Topics include cycle time, production time, barrier identification, first pass yield, quality, benchmarking, cost analysis, continuous improvement and training in working effectively in team environment. A critical component of this class is one or more realistic factory simulations where students are assigned a role in a design project team and are given a timeline, a budget, a “customer” and other manufacturing parameters. After completing the project, students present their results and learning outcomes.
Prerequisite: ARM 198 (C or better) AND MTH 117 (C or better) or math placement score of 55 or higher or Math ACT of 28 or higher or Math SAT of 640 or higher.
This course covers manufacturing technologies, including CNC, CAM, and the use of microcontrollers. The section on CNC includes an introduction to CNC design, commands, and general algorithms. The CAM section explains the use of NC, APT, parametric definitions, and tool geometry. The microcontroller section focuses on microcontroller integration with other electronic elements in a system. The course culminates with the instruction of Assembly Language programming. This course is one of the courses required for the Siemens Level 2 certification in mechatronics.
Prerequisite: ARM 133 (C or better) or department consent AND MTH 117 (C or better) or math placement test score of 55 or higher or Math ACT of 28 or higher or Math SAT of 640 or higher.
This course covers advanced motor control as a continuation of Electrical Systems I, II, and III. The first part of the course covers general machine operations, types of braking and loads on a motor, and improving motor efficiency and power. The second part of the course covers control techniques, the role of different sensors in relation to motor operation, troubleshooting techniques and preventive measures that can be taken in order to protect motors. This course is one of the courses required for the Siemens Level 2 certification in mechatronics.
Prerequisite: ARM 153 and ARM 158 (both C or better) or department consent AND MTH 117 (C or better) or math placement score of 55 or higher or Math ACT of 28 or higher or Math SAT of 640 or higher.
This course introduces the concept of Totally Integrated Automation by looking at the automation pyramid. Students will start at the field level with analogue sensors and actuators and go up to the control level with programming and networking PLCs. The course covers connecting analogue sensors to analogue modules, STEP 7 functions, and basics of MPI-Bus and PROFIBUS systems. Maintenance and troubleshooting of these bus systems will also be covered. This course is one of the courses required for the Siemens Level 2 certification in mechatronics.
Prerequisite: ARM 176 and ARM 266 (both C or better) or department consent AND MTH 117 (C or better) or math placement test score of 55 or higher or Math ACT of 28 or higher or Math SAT of 640 or higher.
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