School of Applied Technology

Automation and Instrumentation Technician (KAIT)

Certificate of Completion
1,091 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

For state and national occupation information, visit http://online.onetcenter.org/find/and enter the following O*Net code(s):

  • 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: $2,356.56
  • Student Fees: $16365
  • Lab Fees: $190
  • Books: $2,425.54- Required the first day of class

Total Estimated Cost: $5,135.75
(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

Westpointe Center

2150 W. Dauntless Ave. (1000 North)
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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

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 proficiency in the knowledge of Basic Computer Literacy concepts.       

7

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, Programmable Field Analog Devices 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, Programmable Logic Devices 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

Demonstrate ability to complete a job application, utilize networking skills for job search, produce a resume/electronics, and demonstration of interviewing skills.   

1,2

 

Required Courses: 1091 Clock Hours  

Courses

 Title

Clock Hours

Semester

Prerequisite

KAOS 0170

Computer Concepts

30

A

None

KELA 0190

Assembly & Soldering

24

A

None

KET2 0109

Applied Electronics Math

60

A

None

KET2 0102

Technical Writing

18

A

None

KET2 0112

DC Electronics

96

A

None. Recommend completion of equivalent support courses and/or experience. 

KET2 0113

AC Electronics

96

A

None. Recommend completion of equivalent support courses and/or experience. 

KET2 0114

Analog Electronics 

96

A

None. Recommend completion of equivalent support courses and/or experience. 

KET2 0119

Digital Circuits & Systems

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of previous support courses or equivalent education and/or experience. 

KET2 0107

Technician Certification

32

A

None

KET2 0108

Test & Measurement Instrumentation

60

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent education and/or experience.

KWRK515

Job-Seeking Skills

15

A

Recommended Prereq: Word Processing and computer literacy exam.

KAIT 0100

National Electrical Code

12

A

None

KAIT 0105

Automated Systems

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KAIT 0110

Instrumentation and Control Documentation

12

A

None

KAIT 0115

Measurement and Control

72

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KET2 0250

Programmable Logic Controllers

96

A

None

KAIT 0120

Electric Motors and Control Systems

60

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KAIT 0125

Fluid Power Systems

60

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KAIT 0130

Maintenance of Instruments & Systems

60

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

Optional Support Courses-Standalone

Courses

Title

Clock Hours

Semester

Prerequisite

KAIT 0135

Troubleshooting Automated Systems

48

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KAIT 0140

Industrial Data Communications

36

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KAIT 0145

ISA CST Exam Prep (CST)

16

A

None

KAIT 0101

Introduction to Robotics

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KECT 0151

Fiber Optics Installer Certification

96

A

None

KET20176

Microcontrollers

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KET2 0173

Troubleshooting

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

KEET 0100

LabVIEW Basics

96

A

None. Recommendations: Completion of support courses or equivalent experience.

Advising Notes

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

Additional Program Notes

Students can submit requests for prior education and/or work experience for program substitutions and/or waivers. All requests must have official support documentation, transcripts, industry certifications and or work records required. Student should make this request if possible before start of program.

Department Contact Info

Electronics Department

Westpointe Center
2150 W. Dauntless Ave. (1000 North)
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

General Information
801-957-7522

Program Information
801-957-3354
SAT@slcc.edu

Academic Advisor
Hector Cando
801-957-3112

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Gilbert Ulibarri

Assistant Professors
Mike Wood