Automation and Manufacturing Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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  • Automation and Manufacturing Technology
  • Basic Manufacturing and Bridge

Electromechanical automation and manufacturing is an evolving, high-tech field, with applications in such areas as aerospace, food processing, and the pharmaceutical industry. It offers some of the highest salaries in the industrial sector, along with ample opportunities for rapid advancement. Automation and manufacturing technicians are responsible for production operation, as well as equipment monitoring, adjustment, maintenance, and repair in both routine and emergency situations.

Using modern industrial production equipment, DACC’s Automation and Manufacturing Technology program provides training for desirable entry-level positions in electromechanical automated processes, as well as skills upgrading for those already working in the field. The program encourages the development of problem-solving skills, enabling students to adapt quickly to rapidly changing conditions brought on by automation and new technologies. The program is based on skills standards established for the high-tech manufacturing industry by the American Electronics Association’s Workforce Skills Project, among others.

Students learn systems interfacing and automation using digital control circuits, programmable logic controllers (PLC), and computer-controlled interfaces. Hands-on preventive and corrective maintenance procedures are taught in modern laboratory facilities using the same state-of-the-art, automated production equipment found in the manufacturing industry.

The curriculum includes first-year DC, AC, digital logic, and solid-state electronic-circuit analysis courses from the Electronics Technology program.

Whether taking classes or working on a job site, students enrolled in this program will be required to perform the same job duties and be able to meet the same physical requirements that they will as a graduate in the field. Depending where they find employment, graduates may be required to lift and carry 50 pounds safely, to work safely using hand and power tools, to work safely on electrical equipment, to ascend and descend ladders, and to stand, squat, stoop, or kneel for long periods of time.

Additional Graduation Requirements

To receive either an associate degree or a certificate of completion, students are required to obtain a Career Readiness Certificate in the areas of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information at the appropriate level for their respective degree option. To facilitate success in obtaining their Career Readiness Certificate, students will be required to take 1 credit of OETS 102 Career Readiness Certification Preparation. A program advisor can provide additional information.

MAT 102. Print Reading for Industry

3 Credits (2+2P)

Reading, interpretation, and revisions of industrial technical drawings common to manufacturing, Aerospace, machine parts, electrical, hydraulic, and Pneumatic drawings. Interpretation of engineering drawings and related shop calculations. Introduction Crosslisted with: AERT 113. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 105. Introduction to Manufacturing

3 Credits

Introduction to manufacturing evolution from basic assembly process to modern automated processes. Covers history, employability, soft skills, quality measurements, teamwork concept, production requirements, and considerations in plan layout and design. Minimum math proficiency of CCDM 114 required or math placement into MATH 120 or higher. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Crosslisted with: AERT 112

MAT 106. Applied Manufacturing Practices

3 Credits (2+2P)

Course will illustrate how various products are manufactured along with associated process. Mechanical behavior such as bending, cold worked, strained, work hardened, and heat transfer will be emphasized as well. In lab, students will learn how to make selected products starting from prints to complete projects including quality control. Crosslisted with: AERT 114. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 107. Computer Integrated Manufacturing PLTW

3 Credits (2+2P)

Applies principles of robotics and automation to Computer Aided Design (CAD) design. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing Production. Students use Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 108. Metrology, Safety and Quality Control for Manufacturing

3 Credits (2+2P)

Use of measuring tools in manufacturing process and quality control. These tools include: vernier and digital micrometers, calipers, height gauges, hole gauges, pin gauges, electrical pressure/flow, temperature measuring, stress/strain measurements, and non-destructive testing (eddy currents, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, bubble emission, x-ray, Gamma ray, radiography, visual inspection, ring test, taping & Zyglo). Instruction to use of coordinate machine while covering the safety issues that pertains to these types of tools and equipment. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 110. Machine Operation and Safety

3 Credits (2+2P)

Introduction to the operation and safety aspects of various types of machinery and equipment, including both mechanical and electrical machines, Rigid Tubing, and Flexible Lines. Maintenance and safety operation of industrial equipment will also be covered. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Crosslisted with: AERT 115

MAT 130. Applied Industrial Electricity I

4 Credits (3+2P)

Electrical safety, AC and DC circuits, use and care of common measuring instrumentation, schematic and wiring diagrams, electromagnetism, National Electric Code branch circuits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 120 or ELT 120 or OETS 118.

MAT 135. Applied Industrial Electricity II

4 Credits (3+2P)

Relationship between motor power, speed, and torque, basic application of relay circuits, motor control circuits, inductance and capacitance factors, transformers, solid state devices circuits and applications. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 130.

MAT 145. Electromechanical Systems for Non-Majors

4 Credits (3+3P)

Electromechanical system interfacing. Principles and applications of preventive and corrective maintenance procedures on automated industrial production machines using system technical and maintenance manuals to develop troubleshooting procedures using systems block and schematic diagrams.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MAT 149. Industrial Mechanical Elements

3 Credits (2+2P)

Introduction to mechanical systems, theory, characteristics and uses for the different types of mechanical power transmission systems used in the industry, and related industrial safety practices. Topics include: safety, drives, shafts, maintenance and lubrication. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 151. Introduction to Metalworking I

3 Credits (2+2P)

Measuring instruments, including steel rules, combination and transfer tools, micrometers, vernier instruments, bevel instruments, and indicators. Shop safety and first aid, introduction to cutting fluids, saws and sawing, and drill presses. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 205. Statistical Controls for Manufacturing Technicians

3 Credits (2+2P)

Use of hardware and software for quality assurance to include the design of experiments, sampling techniques, SPC, control chart application and development, and process reliability. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): ELT 120 or MATH 120.

MAT 221. Cooperative Experience I

1-6 Credits

Supervised cooperative work program. Student is employed in an approved occupation and rated by employer and instructor. Student meets in a weekly class. Graded S/U.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MAT 234. Industrial Electricity Maintenance

3 Credits (2+2P)

Introduction into electrical systems, theory and uses for the different types of motors used in the industry and related industrial safety practices. DC, AC stepper and servo motors, motor speed and torque, motor performance, and efficiency, motor control fundamentals using variable frequency drives, vector controls, servo and stepper drives. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 235. Programmable Logic Controllers Pneumatics

2 Credits (1+2P)

Introduction to theory and application of pneumatic power transfer and control. Programmable logic controllers (PLC s) introduced as controlling elements for electropneumatic systems. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 240. Electromechanical Devices

4 Credits (2+4P)

Theory and application of electromechanical devices and digital control circuits. Includes AD and DA converters, pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers, DC, AC, and stepper motors, and servomechanisms. Crosslisted with: AERT 211

Prerequisite(s): MAT 160 and (MAT 105 or (MAT 110 & MAT 135)).Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 245. Electromechanical Systems

3 Credits (2+2P)

Electromechanical system interfacing. Principles and applications of preventive and corrective maintenance procedures on industrial production machines using system technical and maintenance manuals to develop troubleshooting procedures using systems block and schematic diagrams. Crosslisted with: AERT222.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AERT 211 or MAT 240. Prerequisite(s): ELT 135 and ELT 160. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

MAT 265. Special Topics

1-6 Credits

Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Name: Luis Meza, Department Chair

Office Location: DAWD 116A

Phone: (575)-527-7564

Website: https://dacc.nmsu.edu/mat/automation-manufacturing-technology/