MFMT-224: Automated Control Systems 1

Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Manufacturing Energy Technolog
Course Number
Course Title
Automated Control Systems 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Provides practical application of repair and maintenance skills to automated control systems. Includes various commercial-industrial plant heating, power, process, building and facilities equipment and systems. Covers the fundamentals of instrumentation calibration, solid-state components, microprocessors, logic circuits, and programmable logic controllers (PLC) areas. Learners must be prepared to access simulation, computer interface, and similar materials online for completion of this course. Plant visits may be required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Safety.
  2. Solid State Devices.
  3. Power Supplies.
  4. Test Equipment.
  5. Circuit Board Soldering.
  6. Integrated Circuits.
  7. Digital versus Analog Systems.
  8. Numbering Systems.
  9. Logic Circuits.
  10. Logic Analysis and Simplification.
  11. Programmable Logic Devices (PLC).
  12. Microprocessor Operations.
  13. Troubleshooting and Testing Digital Circuits.
  14. Principles of Control and Measurement.
  15. Calibration.
  16. Application of Instrumentation.
  17. Application of Loop Tuning.
  18. Programming Microprocessor-based Controllers.
  19. PLC Applications.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Identify various instrumentation equipment and systems and their function which require attention during the course of normal operation.

Describe the required service, maintenance and operational activities for various instrumentation equipment and systems necessary to ensure sustainability of operation on a daily basis.*

Analyze operation of various instrumentation equipment and systems using the proper procedures and using the resulting data to ensure sustainability of efficiency of these elements.*

Document acceptable practices or bench marks for operation and maintenance of equipment and systems in a practical field environment in each of the basic areas indicated below:*

  • Safety
  • Solid State Devices
  • Power Supplies
  • Test Equipment
  • Circuit Board Soldering
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Digital versus Analog Systems
  • Numbering Systems
  • Logic Circuits
  • Logic Analysis and Simplification
  • Programmable Logic Devices (PLC)
  • Microprocessor Operation.
  • Apply skill and knowledge to accomplish productive operation and maintenance activities in field situations and scenarios in the following various instrumentation areas:*
  • Troubleshooting and Testing Digital Circuits
  • Control and Measurement
  • Calibration
  • Set-up of Instrumentation
  • Loop Tuning
  • Programming Microprocessor-based Controllers
  • PLC Operations and Maintenance.
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement

    Students will demonstrate their competence in the subject matter and objective areas by one or more of the following based upon the indication of industry standards and requirements:

    1. Written exam or multiple quizzes on specific subjects
    2. Online quizzes, exams, or exercises
    3. Performance-based exercises, labs, or industry practical training
    4. Scenario or context-based exercises, activities from field situations
    5. Written paper, report, project, or collaborative exercise
    6. Presentations, learning object development, or creative research
    7. Proctored, supervised, or real workplace experience
    8. Independent study, internship, externship, or co-op education experience
    9. Performance-type experiences-exercises approved by instructor

    Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

    Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
    Other Details
    This course is identified as a departmental course for which a learner can receive college credit for prior college-level learning and/or skills acquired outside the traditional classroom. Terms of the HFCC Credit for Prior College-Level Learning Policy may be met by review of the appropriate documentation, skill, certifications, and/or knowledge acquired by the learner and submitted for evaluation by the appropriate departmental faculty. As required, one or more of the following may be considered in the evaluation process: A. field experience B. licenses held C. completing course exams and/or D. performance sequences and/or E. competing a portfolio. F. assessment of private trade school or other extensive college level industry training and learning by a departmental faculty member

    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Summer 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date