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Automation Robotics Engineering Technology (EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Successful completion of training in Automation Robotics Engineering Technology leads to excellent compensation in a high-demand field. Automation Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (mind and hands) are applied to the designing, building, installing, and troubleshooting of high-tech, high-speed automated electro-mechanical machinery systems for Packaging and other manufacturing applications. Emphasized skills include problem-solving, repairing, fabricating, machining, and welding. Automated systems typically include Computers, Touch Screens, Quality Assurance, Vision Systems, Lasers, Robots, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), AC/DC/Servo/Stepper/VFD motor controls, hydraulic and pneumatic controls, Conveyors, Bar Code/SmartCard/RFID, Electrical systems, Electronic Circuits, and a wide variety of Sensors. Graduates are eligible to pursue baccalaureate programs in manufacturing and engineering technology.

Award Outcomes

Diagnose root problems impacting production flow.

Solve root problems to maintain production flow.

Perform basic electrical, electronic, welding, machining, laser, vision system, robotic, and fluid power operations.

Apply electrical and mechanical machine control concepts.

Use technical documents to assemble, install, troubleshoot, and repair automated packaging systems.

Set up production lines.

Utilize local area network for remote system control.

Work effectively with a wide variety of packaging materials.

Apply communication skills to interact with people in business and industry.

Manage time and resources.

Accept responsibility.

Display a professional attitude.

Career Opportunities

Automated packaging machine mechanics and technicians are in high demand; surveys indicate even a greater demand as technologies advance. Before reaching the consumer, almost every product is packaged and packed in several forms. Automation in the manufacturing industry is a high opportunity field. This is a Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) approved program.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 45 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1125Power Transmission and Mechanical Systems

4

ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1140Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1160Packaging Machinery Systems

4

ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1170Troubleshooting Packaging Machinery

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

ARET2100Advanced Automation Controls

4

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

ARET2110Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

4

ARET2150Engineering Design and Fabrication

2

General Education Required 12 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

 

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

or

MATH2200College Algebra

4

 

PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

General Education Elective 3 Credits

Choose credits from Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses.

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60

Semester Sequence

Offered at Eden Prairie Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1125Power Transmission and Mechanical Systems

4

ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1160Packaging Machinery Systems

4

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

 

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

or

MATH2200College Algebra

4

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1140Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1170Troubleshooting Packaging Machinery

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

 

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

Total Credits  17

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

PHIL2100Critical Thinking

3

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

Total Credits  14

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET2100Advanced Automation Controls

4

ARET2110Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

4

ARET2150Engineering Design and Fabrication

2

General Education Electives

3

Total Credits  13

General Education Electives

A complete list of MnTC courses and Goal Areas that can be used to meet General Education requirements can be found at www.hennepintech.edu.  The same course cannot satisfy more than one MnTC Goal Area requirement.

Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Choose a Total of:  3 Credits

Graduation (60 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.


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