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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
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Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology, AAS

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The Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology program prepares students for a career as a technician in industrial manufacturing. At the end of the program, students should be able to diagnose and repair industrial equipment ranging from the basic motor control devices used in hard automation to the sophisticated industrial robots and computer-integrated manufacturing cells that utilize microprocessors for programming and servo control.

The curriculum includes both fundamental technologies and system applications. Upon program completion, students may seek employment maintaining plant equipment with area manufacturers, or with companies that produce process control or robotic devices.

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Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Attend any required information/registration session.
  3. Satisfy the required assessment by taking the reading and English COMPASS test or equivalent.
  4. Minimum ALEKS math placement score of 30, or minimum ACT math score of 19, or completion of MAT 063  with a grade of “C” or higher.
  5. Successful completion of CSC 110 - Intro to Computers  or equivalent or approval of the program counselor.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Required Courses

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Semester 5

Additional Courses

The following courses may also be completed to fulfill the Option 2 requirement, provided students obtain instructor permission after an evaluation of course prerequisites and student educational background.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 69

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semeser 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 500 300 450 550 550
Supplies   90     100  

Approximate total for program: $12,407*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Repair motor control devices and automated equipment.
  • Perform installation of process control and robotic equipment.
  • Perform update modifications of existing systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and periodic performance checks.
  • Maintain service records of equipment.
  • Interact with managerial and operational work force in the industrial processing field.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics and industrial equipment.
  • Apply such knowledge to problems surrounding the operation, installation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of process control and robotic equipment.
  • Communicate with industrial processing people, both the managers and the operational work force, about the safe operation, installation and modification of equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand the technical manuals and other literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Graduates are employed as automation technicians in fields such as computer automated water treatment systems, mail sorting automation, security, computer-controlled systems, manufacturing, environmental control and automated food processing.
  • May work irregular hours and may have occasional “on-call” duties.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $38,000.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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