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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 seven 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. Three credits.

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. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 258 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. Three credits.

3
required

Exposes students to the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) improvement approach along with statistical and lean tools used in industry.  Four credits.

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. Four credits.

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. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 258 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Provides a study of the Toyota Production System (TPS), also known as Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-Time (JIT), Demand Flow, or Build-to-Order. The course covers the build-to-forecast batch-process method and compares it with TPS. The students study and develop in the lab the following TPS concepts/methods: customer expectations, seven fundamental wastes, plan-do-check-act cycle, kanban system and kanban types, material flow, group technology, manufacturing cells, point-of-use storage and support, and setup/changeover time reduction. This course also covers application of the following problem solving tools: flowchart, cause-and-effect diagram, check sheet, pareto chart, root cause analysis, statistical process control. Students investigate the basics of high-mix, low-volume manufacturing. Three credits.

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. Four credits.

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). Three credits.

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. Four credits.

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. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the student to the design and construction of scientific and engineering experiments. Includes the entire life cycle of the experiment, from design, to construction, to analysis of data and communication of final results. Two credits.

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. Four credits.

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. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the energy technologies in use today and those that are in the research stage as possible alternatives. 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. Three credits.

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. One 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. One 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. One credit.

1
required

Gives students a broad understanding of manufacturing and the role of the manufacturing technician. Students learn how manufacturing is important to Colorado and the U.S. Topics covered include manufacturing concepts, principles, and processes, cost elements, tools and techniques, safety, current trends and manufacturing in the future. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces federal and state regulations, industrial practices, and accident investigation techniques. This course covers hazard communication standard, lockout/tagout procedures, eye safety, lifting techniques, electrical safety, stored energy safety, personal protective equipment, safety program development and monitoring, and accident investigation techniques. This course also serves as the prerequisite for all Advanced Technology Center programs. One credit.

1
required

Provides an introduction into the field of Process Operations within the process industry. Introduces the roles and responsibilities of process technicians, the environment in which they work, and the equipment and systems in which they operate. Four credits.

4
required

Provides an introduction into the field of Instrumentation and covers process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. The 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 troubleshoot instrumentation. Three credits.

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. Three credits.

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. Three credits.

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. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ELT 258 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. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the student to the design and construction of scientific and engineering experiments. Includes the entire life cycle of the experiment, from design, to construction, to analysis of data and communication of final results. Two credits.

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. Four credits.

4
required

Provides an introduction into the field of Instrumentation and covers process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. The 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 troubleshoot instrumentation. Three credits.

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). Three credits.

3
One course in the above list may be substituted with PRO 280: One course in the above list may be substituted with PRO 280 (note: PRO 280 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. Two to four credits.

2 to 4
Total Credits for Certificate 21-22