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Industrial TechnologyCertificates

Certificates offer the chance to explore a subject and build skills in less time than it takes to complete a degree program. You can also study a specific technique to build new career skills to help you launch or advance in your career.

Aims offers four industrial technology certificates that cover different aspects of working in manufacturing. Some certificates progressively build upon each other, while you can earn others as standalone certificates in a particular subject area.

These certificates can also serve as a starting point to begin an industrial technology degree program at Aims. 

Advanced Automation Certificate

This automation certificate allows students to learn the fundamentals and more advanced techniques of PLC controlled lab trainers as well as how to program and troubleshoot industrial equipment. Students will also be exposed to the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC improvement approach used within the industry.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the fundamentals of automatic controls including process control methodologies used to regulate a system or multiple systems for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a predictable manufacturing process. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Serves as the second in a two course sequence and covers advanced topics and applications for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes advanced programming, diagnostics, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), introduction to automation networking, and system integration. Incorporates lab and project activities that address designing, operating, monitoring, programming, analyzing, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 2358 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces industrial robotics as well as a survey of the technologies and equipment used in manufacturing automation and process control. Includes axis configurations, work envelopes, programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Incorporates a survey of automation topics including history, computer and hardwired controls, sensors and transducers, motors and actuators, fluid power, etc. and provides a preview of the other ELT classes that cover those subjects. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on the statistical modeling approaches to process and product improvement through the reduction of waste (lean) and defects (six sigma) while introducing methodology such as the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC), common in the manufacturing and service industries. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Provides instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
Total Credits for Certificate 17

Advanced Maintenance Certificate

Students investigate a wide variety of topics related to manufacturing and process technology including: high-mix, low-volume manufacturing, equipment operation, quality within the process industry, troubleshooting methods to solve process problems, programming and repair of industrial equipment and more.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Serves as the second in a two course sequence and covers advanced topics and applications for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes advanced programming, diagnostics, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), introduction to automation networking, and system integration. Incorporates lab and project activities that address designing, operating, monitoring, programming, analyzing, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 2358 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Focuses on the study of the Toyota Production System (TPS). Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides an overview or introduction into the field of equipment within the process industry. This course will introduce many process industry-related equipment concepts including purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician's role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Provides an introduction to the field of Quality within the Process Industry. This course will introduce many process industry-related quality concepts including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills and statistical process control (SPC). Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
Total Credits for Certificate 17

Basic Automation and Maintenance Certificate

This comprehensive certificate program provides students with skills in computer terminology, experimental design, manufacturing, process operations and energy technologies. Best practices, collaborative techniques and ethical considerations within the industry will also be explored.

Row Groupings Required Courses: Credits
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces the design and construction of scientific and/or engineering experiments. This course covers the entire life cycle of the experiment or prototype from concept generation and design through construction, making measurements, analysis of collected data, and communication of results. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields. Covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Emphasizes the use of common test instruments in troubleshooting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Covers the fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes history, terminology, typical applications, hardware, and software. Incorporates lab and project activities that address operating, monitoring, programming, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces the energy technologies in use today and those that are in the research stage as possible alternatives. This course presents technologies including active solar heating, passive solar heating, wind energy systems, biomass, photovoltaics, co-generation, low and high head hydro, hydrogen, geothermal, power towers and energy storage systems. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Explores the foundations of business ethics which includes influences and guidelines to help you make good decisions at work. Students will identify traits of ethical people and ethical organizations, such as, integrity, character, honesty, self-control, and self-sacrifice. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Provides a clear sense of purpose for the following: structured goals, overcome barriers, leverage practical strategies, tools, and techniques to develop and implement an effective time management framework. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Introduces the concept of working as a team member. This course emphasizes the ability to negotiate, collaborate, build consensus, and make quality decisions. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Focuses on the fundamentals of manufacturing and the responsibilities of the manufacturing technician, including design, procurement, assembly, maintenance, operations, accounting and the importance of Quality Assurance (QA) throughout the manufacturing process. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) federal and state regulations, industrial practices, and accident investigation techniques; including topics such as hazard communication standards, lockout/tagout procedures, eye safety, lifting techniques, electrical safety, stored energy safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and safety program development and monitoring. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Provides an overview or introduction into the field of Process Operations within the process industry. The course will introduce the roles and responsibilities of process technicians, the environment in which they work, and the equipment and systems in which they operate. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Provides an introduction to the field of Instrumentation and covers process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. This course also introduces control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams and a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 29

Manufacturing Technician Certificate

Gain skills to find entry-level work as a manufacturing technician in a variety of industries. Study automation control circuits, programmable logic controllers, industrial robotics, process design and setup, and equipment startup, shutdown and maintenance.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the fundamentals of automatic controls including process control methodologies used to regulate a system or multiple systems for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a predictable manufacturing process. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers the fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes history, terminology, typical applications, hardware, and software. Incorporates lab and project activities that address operating, monitoring, programming, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Serves as the second in a two course sequence and covers advanced topics and applications for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes advanced programming, diagnostics, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), introduction to automation networking, and system integration. Incorporates lab and project activities that address designing, operating, monitoring, programming, analyzing, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 2358 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces industrial robotics as well as a survey of the technologies and equipment used in manufacturing automation and process control. Includes axis configurations, work envelopes, programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Incorporates a survey of automation topics including history, computer and hardwired controls, sensors and transducers, motors and actuators, fluid power, etc. and provides a preview of the other ELT classes that cover those subjects. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces the design and construction of scientific and/or engineering experiments. This course covers the entire life cycle of the experiment or prototype from concept generation and design through construction, making measurements, analysis of collected data, and communication of results. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

Provides an overview or introduction into the field of equipment within the process industry. This course will introduce many process industry-related equipment concepts including purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician's role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Provides an introduction to the field of Instrumentation and covers process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. This course also introduces control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams and a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides an introduction to the field of Quality within the Process Industry. This course will introduce many process industry-related quality concepts including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills and statistical process control (SPC). Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
One course in the above list may be substituted with PRO 280: One course in the above list may be substituted with PRO 2080 (note: PRO 2080 credit value must equal the credit value of the course it's being substituted for)
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
Total Credits for Certificate 21-22