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CCOG for APR 268 Fall 2022

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Course Number:
APR 268
Course Title:
Industrial Equipment Controls
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Course Description

Explores the array of manual, mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical, and magnetic controls, switches, and feedback devices found at today's industrial worksites, manufacturing plants, and processing facilities. Includes both digital and analog controls, switches, and feedback devices. Covers troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, adjustment, replacement, and selection/installation. Introduces programmable logical control (PLC) strategies and programmable/integral/derivative (PID) control strategies. Covers control component function in a control system. Emphasizes safety when working on any industrial equipment control system. Prerequisites: APR 266, and (WR 90 and RD 90) or IRW 90 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement or department permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Required Course for Apprentices registered in the Millwright/Industrial Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program. It is open to any other student but requires Department Permission to take this course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Adjust, select, and install the control, switching, and feed-back components in an industrial control system in order to maximize precision and efficiency at an industrial worksite, manufacturing plant, and/or processing facility.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and replace  the control, switching and feed-back components found in an industrial control system in order to maximize precision and efficiency at an industrial worksite, manufacturing plant and/or processing facility.
  • Diagnose and analyze industrial control systems for precision, efficiency, and cost effective operation.
  • Apply the principles of control logic to industrial control systems for maximum precision, efficiency,  and cost effective operation.
  • *Identify mechanical and/or electrical industrial systems (*required statewide outcome).

Course Activities and Design

The Course Design is primarily lecture coupled with demonstrations of industrial controls, switches, and feedback devices. Instruction will also include guest speakers from control manufacturing and distribution companies, and field trips to selected industrial sites.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment will be accomplished using skills' checklists filled out by an adequate sampling of Millwright/Industrial Maintenance Technician Training Agents and/or an Apprentice's Journey Person.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Interpretation of control system schematics and blueprints
  • Application of programmable controls
  • Limitations of programmable controls
  • Application of PID control
  • Application of Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Interpreting diagnostic output charts
  • Interpreting positional data
  • Push button switches
  • Selector switches
  • Foot switches
  • Flow switches
  • Presser Switches
  • Limit Switches
  • Proximity Sensors
  • Photo electric sensors
  • Encoders
  • Thru-beam photoelectric switch
  • Retroflective photoelectric switches
  • Diffuse photoelectric switch
  • Limit switches
  • Rotary switches
  • Inductive proximity switches
  • Capacitive proximity switches
  • Annunciators
  • Safety switches
  • Pneumatic transducers
  • Hydraulic transducers
  • Fluid level switches
  • Feedback device alignment
  • Safe work practices
  • Whole system diagnosis