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This program provides an introduction to industrial automation, including digital eletronics, process control, and programming of PLCs, robotic  and SCADA systems. The program examines application and examples of automated manufacturing systems, including both theory and function of digital and industrial electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, robotic systems, digital programming lanuges and alarm management.

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 364 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/31/2017

Tuition: $1,850.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 1 - INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMATION This module provides a general overview of automation systems and the role of automation in industry. It also covers the basic principles of flexible automation and flexible manufacturing systems. The advantages of automation are outlined, and the main components associated with automation systems are explored. An introduction to automation simulation is presented with an emphasis on practical application. Learning Outcomes: • Define the term “automation”. • List three advantages of using automation systems. • Name six factors affecting the original design of PLCs. • Describe the role of automation in industry. • Define flexible automation. • Differentiate between economy of scale and economy of scope. • List three examples of continuous flow processes. • Describe the purpose of a flexible manufacturing system. • Explain the difference between DCS, RCS and CCS. • Define automation simulation and explain its advantages  

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 364 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/31/2017

Tuition: $590.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 2 - INDUSTRIAL CONTROL DEVICES Industrial Control Devices provides an overview of devices such as switches, actuators, and relays and their industrial applications. The  student will learn troubleshooting techniques and the principles of relay and ladder logic. This module also covers solenoids and control valves with an emphasis on practical applications. Learning Outcomes: • Define inductive arcing and explain how it can be prevented. • Name three types of mechanical switches. • Describe the basic operating principle of a control relay. • Explain the purpose of overload relays. • Define the term holding contract and its application in control circuits. • Explain the difference between a control relay and a solenoid. • List three applications of rotary actuators. • Name three types of time-delay relays.

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 3 - MOTORS & CONTROL CIRCUITS This module will focus on the principles of DC motors and the various types used in industry. The student will learn the fundamentals of speed control including dynamic and regenerative braking. It also introduces the student to electronic speed control of DC motors. In addition, the fundamentals of alternating current motors and AC variable speed control systems are presented. The principles of variable frequency drives and their control circuits are discussed in detail. Learning Outcomes: • Explain the purpose of a commutator in DC motors. • Differentiate between a stator and an armature. • Define torque and counter emf. • Name three typical dynamo configurations. • Explain the basic operating principle of servomotors. • Explain how Pulse Width Modulation is used in speed control. • Define the terms dynamic and regenerative braking. • Describe the operating principles of an AC induction motor. • List three advantages of universal motors over induction motors. • Differentiate between a cycloconverter and an inverter. • Explain the basic operation of a variable frequency drive

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 4 - DIGITAL ELECTRONICS This module covers a wide variety of topics relating to digital electronics including number systems, logic gates, flip flops and counters. Boolean algebra and DeMorgan’s theorem is also introduced as well as troubleshooting and problem solving techniques for digital logic circuits. The logic gates presented in the course include AND, OR, NOR, NAND and inverters. Learning Outcomes: • Explain the binary number system. • Convert binary numbers to decimal and decimal numbers to binary. • Explain the hexadecimal number system. • Convert hexadecimal numbers to binary and binary numbers to hexadecimal. • Differentiate between natural binary and Binary Coded Decimal (BCD). • Understand the ASCII code. • Apply truth tables to troubleshooting digital circuits. • List five logic gates. • Describe the basic operation of an inverter. • Explain the purpose of Boolean algebra. • Understand logic gate combinations. • Name eight Boolean theorems. • Apply basic troubleshooting techniques to digital

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

Call 760-795-6820 to register


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Module 5 - ANALOG & DIGITAL TRANSDUCERS This module will build on previous topics by presenting an introduction to transducers used in both analog and digital applications. It also covers temperature, pressure, and flow transducers as well as other detection devices such as optical encoders and Hall-effect sensors. Capacitive, ultrasonic, and thickness sensors are also presented using practical and theoretical examples of industrial applications of these devices. Learning Outcomes: • Differentiate between a thermocouple and a thermopile. • Explain the advantages of using pyrometers for temperature measurement. • Define the terms RTD and thermistor. • Name two types of pressure transducers. • Describe how load cells are used for flow measurement. • Name three types of photoelectric devices. • Briefly describe the components used in fibre optic systems. • Define lasers and explain why they are used in industrial electronic controls. • Explain the basic operating principle of an optical shaft encoder.

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 6 - INDUSTRIAL PROCESS CONTROL It is in this module that the student learns the principles of industrial control systems including open- and closed-loop control. Proportional, Integral, and Derivative control are covered with an emphasis on practical application and design. An introduction to algorithms, flow charts and fuzzy logic is also presented in this course. Learning Outcomes: • Define the terms process, process variable and controlled variable. • Name four applications for control systems. • Explain the advantage of using block diagrams. • Describe the relationship between the set point, error signal and measured value. • Differentiate between open-loop control and closed-loop control. • List the five basic components in a closed-loop control system. • Name the four variables that are generally used to evaluate the performance of a closed-loop control system. • Define dead time. • Explain the basic operating principles of on off, proportional, integral, derivative and PID control. • Describe the purpose of feedforward control in process systems. Learning Outcomes: • Differentiate between a thermocouple and a thermopile. • Explain the advantages of using pyrometers for temperature measurement. • Define the terms RTD and thermistor. • Name two types of pressure transducers. • Describe how load cells are used for flow measurement. • Name three types of photoelectric devices. • Briefly describe the components used in fibre optic systems. • Define lasers and explain why they are used in industrial electronic controls. • Explain the basic operating principle of an optical shaft encoder.

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $60.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 7 - DISTRIBUTED CONTROL SYSTEMS (DCS) This module is intended to familiarize the student with the most important aspects of Distributed Control Systems. Topics covered in the module include remote terminal units (RTUs), HMIs and an introduction to LANs. The student will also learn the differences between star, bus, and ring topology and their applications in automation systems. In addition to covering system architecture and algorithms, the course also provides detailed information on practical applications for DCS. Emphasis is placed on design, problem solving and analysis of industrial automation systems. Learning Outcomes: • Differentiate between DCS and SCADA. • List the three main elements in a DCS. • Identify the difference between uptime and system latency. • Explain the purpose of a remote terminal unit (RTU). • Define task architecture and hardware architecture. • Describe the reason why algorithms are popular in DCS. • Name four common uses for HMI in DCS applications. • Explain the function of a local area network (LAN). • Identify three components of quality of use in HMI. • Define the terms topology and Ethernet. • Compare software-based alarms with hardwarebased alarms. • List five applications for DCS. • Name the four elements in a typical OTS.

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 8 - SCADA SYSTEMS This module is intended to provide the student with an introduction to SCADA using automation systems and peripherals. The principles of alarm management are presented along with an overview of the alarm management lifecycle and an introduction to Six Sigma. SCADA security and authentication methodologies are also discussed in detail. Practical examples of SCADA applications are presented and include a discussion of SCADA simulation techniques. Learning Outcomes: • Describe the basic function of a SCADA system. • List four examples of SCADA systems. • Define SCADA architecture. • Identify seven elements in a SCADA system. • Explain the purpose of alarm management. • Identify three types of changes noted by alarms and events. • List the 10 stages of an alarm management lifecycle. • Describe how Six Sigma is applied to alarm management. • Explain the purpose of a firewall in a SCADA system. • Define the term SCADA security. • Name the two most common authentication methodologies. • Describe the benefits of SCADA simulation.  

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 9 - INTRODUCTION TO PLCs This module provides a general overview of PLCs and their application in industry. The origins of the PLC and its evolution are covered in detail. The advantages of PLCs are also outlined, and the main components associated with PLC systems are explored. An introduction to ladder logic is presented and the most common types of PLC signals are covered with an emphasis on practical application. Learning Outcomes: • Describe the purpose of a control panel. • Define a programmable controller. • List six factors affecting the original design of programmable controllers. • Name three advantages of PLCs compared to relay logic systems. • List the three main components in a PLC system. • Understand the term ladder logic. • Describe the application of PLC signals. • Explain the difference between a bit and a word.  

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 10 - LADDER LOGIC PROGRAMMING This module provides an introduction to ladder logic programming techniques using laboratory simulation software. The lab component of the module provides the student with an opportunity to write ladder logic programs and test their operation through PLC simulation. Topics covered in the course include I/O instructions, safety circuitry, programming restrictions and I/O addressing. Learning Outcomes: • Define ladder logic. • Convert relay logic schematics to ladder logic. • Write a ladder logic program using PLCLogix. • Define the terms examine on and examine off. • Explain the purpose of a latching relay instruction. • Differentiate between a branch and a nested branch. • Describe the controller scan operation. • Name two programming restrictions. • Describe the use of Force instructions in PLC applications. • Explain the purpose of bit status flags.  

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

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Module 11 - PLC Timers This module is intended to provide students with an overview of PLC timers and their application in industrial control circuits. Allen-Bradley timing functions such as TON, TOF and RTO are discussed in detail and the theory is reinforced through lab projects using lab simulation software. In addition, students will learn practical programming techniques for timers including cascading and reciprocating timing circuits. Learning Outcomes: • Name two types of relay logic timers. • List the four basic types of PLC timers. • Describe the function of a time-driven circuit. • Differentiate between an ON-delay and an OFFdelay instruction. • Write a ladder logic program using timers. • Describe the operating principle of retentive timers. • Explain the purpose of cascading timers. • Define reciprocating timers.  

4110011

Schedule : Weekly - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM; 362 sessions; starting 1/2/2017, ending 12/29/2017

Tuition: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Location : MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus Location : 
  MiraCosta College-Oceanside Campus.

Room :  ONLINE

Instructor : George Brown College 

Call 760-795-6820 to register


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