School of Applied Technology

Automation and Instrumentation Technician (KAIT)

Certificate of Completion
1362 Hours

This program is designed to support a wide variety of Automated Controls and Instrumentation occupations, involving automated systems, instrumentation, measurements, electric motors, controls systems, robotics, mechatronics, and the application of fluid power systems. In addition, this program follows the guidelines of the International Society of Automation, offering related courses that help to support and prepare for the ISA associate CST examination, as an entrance point. This Core Automation will provide the valued skills set required by industries involved in manufacturing, mining, refineries, building automation, renewable energy, and full-on industrial controls systems. The program starts out with a solid foundation of the basic theory, laws, circuits, and fundamentals of AC/DC, solid-state and digital electronics. In addition, the student will learn how to use various test equipment for trouble-shooting and repair of electronic circuits. This course covers electronic components, how they function, and how to test devices. Students learn the skills required of an Automation and Instrumentation Technician to understand, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair modern electronic automated systems. Coverage of industrial data communications is also included, as well as applications, theory and project based programmable logic controllers.

Occupations in this Area

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  • 17-3024.01 Robotics Technicians
  • 17-3023.01 Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • 17-3024.00 Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • 49-2094.00 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 49-9012.00 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
  • 49-9071.00 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • 49-9099.01 Geothermal Technicians

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee: $40.00
  • Tuition: $2,860.20
  • Student Fees: $204.30
  • Lab Fees: $100.00
  • Books: $1,306.00 - Required the first day of class

Total Estimated Cost: $4,470.50
(subject to change without notice)

Financial Aid

Pell, VA (pending)

Requirements

TABE Test Required

  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Reading: 8.0
  • Math: 10.0
  • Ability to distinguish differences in color

Available Class Schedules

Taylorsville Redwood Campus

4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0808

Mon-Thu 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Program soon moving to Wespointe ! (August 2014)

Required Courses: (1362 Clock Hours )

Course

Title

Clock Hours

Semesters

Prerequisite

KELA 0190

Assembly & Soldering

24

A

 

KET2 0101

Electronics Math

100

A

 

KET2 0102

Technical Writing

18

A

 

KET2 0103

DC Fundamentals & Circuits

120

A

Electronics Math, KET2-0101 or equivalent

KET2 0104

AC Fundamentals & Circuits

120

A

DC Fundamentals & Circuits, KET2-0103 or equivalent

KET2 0105

Analog Devices & Circuits

160

A

AC Fundamentals & Circuits, KET2-0104 or equivalent

KET2 0106

Digital Circuits & Apps.

160

A

Analog Devices & Circuits, KET2-0105 or equivalent

KET2 0107

Technician Certification

32

A

 

KET2 0108 

Test & Measurement Instrumentation

60

A

KET2-0106 or equivalent

KAIT 0100

National Electrical Code

12

A

 

KAIT 0105

Automated Systems

96

A

KET2 0106

KAIT 0110

Instrumentation and Control Documentation

12

A

 

KAIT 0115

Measurement and Control

72

A

KET2 0106

KAIT 0120

Electric Motors and Control Systems

60

A

KAIT-0115

KAIT 0125

Fluid Power Systems

60

A

KAIT-0120

KAIT 0130

Maintenance of Instruments & Systems

60

A

KAIT-0125

KAIT 0135

Troubleshooting Automated Systems

48

A

KAIT-0130

KAIT 0140

Industrial Data Communications

36

A

KAIT-0135

KET2 0250

Programmable Logic Controllers

96

A

 

KAIT 0145

ISA CST Exam Prep (CST)

16

A

 


Advising Notes

All courses need to have their prerequisites confirmed by the Electronics Department.Students must e-mail transcripts, etc., to department before registration/scheduling is approved.

Other

Stand-alone or specific needs - All courses need to have their prerequisites confirmed by the Electronics department. Students must e-mail transcripts, etc., to department before registration/scheduling is approved.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacy
  4. Think Critically and Creatively
  5. Civic Engagement
  6. Work Professionally and Constructively
  7. Develop Computer and Information Literacy

The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform basic thru-hole and surface mount soldering for electronic assemblies.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to apply Electronics Math concepts, Mathematics and Formulas, basic math, metric notation, algebra, and right-triangle trigonometry, statics, and utilize scientific calculators.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to utilize Technical Writing concepts, applying knowledge to demonstration and usage of lab reports, proposals, communications, and engineering lab project reports and related documentation

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate DC Fundamentals & Circuits concepts, electrical theory, calculations, circuit and component characteristics, circuit construction, test/measurements, schematics, troubleshooting, DC power supplies usage, DMM and analysis.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate AC Fundamentals & Circuits concepts, electrical theory, calculations, circuit and component characteristics, circuit construction, test/measurements, schematics, troubleshooting, usage of Oscilloscopes/Function Generator/ Frequency Counter/DMM and analysis.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate Analog Devices & concepts, electrical theory, calculations, circuit and component characteristics, circuit construction, test/measurements, schematics, troubleshooting,

Data sheets/pin-outs/electrical specifications, Active device handling precautions, and analysis.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate Digital Circuits & Application Fundamentals & concepts, electrical theory, calculations, circuit and component characteristics, circuit simplification, Boolean Algebra, circuit construction, test/measurements, schematics, troubleshooting, logic analyzers/logic probe usage, and analysis of timing diagrams.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge at an Associate Technician level, by obtaining CET certification.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of

Test & Measurement Instrumentation concepts, competencies, utilize all features and functions of Oscilloscopes, Waveform Generators, DMM, Logic analyzers, and Spectrum Analyzers, as well as what is current in the Test & Measurement Industry.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the national electrical code, the structure and logic of the NEC, including the index, annexes, and Article 90.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate automated systems knowledge, Instrumentation and Motion Control, industrial maintenance, servomechanisms, components, circuits, control techniques, calibration, tuning and programming associated with industrial automated systems.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate instrumentation and control documentation, development of piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs), related ANSI/ISA drawings, and the reading/interpreting of these documents.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate measurement and control knowledge, fundamentals of industrial process, measurement, and control, apply principles necessary to understand the variables that affect industrial automation and process control systems, process control, loops, analytical measurement, process visualization and process control computer-based systems.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate electric motors and control systems knowledge, motor types, control systems, electric motor operation, selection, installation, control, industrial applications of variable speed drives, torque, constant horsepower, variable torque/variable horsepower, starter circuits, and maintenance.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate fluid power systems knowledge, fluid power technology, how electrical currents control the operation of fluid power systems, the design, analysis, operation, and maintenance of fluid power systems. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate maintenance of instruments & systems knowledge, maintenance requirements for pneumatic and electrical/electronic devices, DCS systems, analytical instrumentation, fiber optics, smart instruments, installing, configuring and calibrating transmitters, transducers, and controllers.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate troubleshooting automated systems knowledge, systematic approach to logical troubleshooting, test equipment, programmable electronic systems, communication circuits, transient problems, software, start-up of single-and multi-loop control loops, pressure, level, flow, and how temperature loops operate to maintain good process control systems. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of industrial data communications,troubleshooting, maintain both legacy/ leading-edge systems, terminology, standards, protocols including EIA/TIA 232, 485, and IEEE 802.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate programmable logic controllers knowledge, programming, installation, maintaining procedures, hardware components, development of wiring diagrams, Ladder Logic Programs, Programming of Timers, Counters, Data Manipulation, Sequencer, Shift Register Instructions, troubleshooting of process control, Network Systems, SCADA and usage of the CLX Controllers.

1, 2,3, 4, 6, 7

The student will be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of Automation and Systems by obtaining the CST associate level certification, by passing the ISA Control Systems Technician Associate recognition examination.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Department Contact Info

Electronics Department

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Technology Building (TB)
TB517, TB-517A, and TB524

Program soon moving to Westpointe (August 2014)

General Information
801-957-7522

Program Information
801-957-3354

Academic Advisor
Lynda Gray
Taylorsville Redwood Campus,
ATC 219
801-957-5127

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Gilbert Ulibarri

Assistant Professors
Richard Hemingway