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Automated Machinery Systems (EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

Successful completion of training in Automation Robotics Engineering Technology leads to competitive 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.

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 46 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1126Mechanical Power Transmission

3

ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1140Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1161Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1170Troubleshooting Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

ARET1185Sensor Applications

2

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

ARET2101Advanced Automation Controls

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

ARET2111Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2150Engineering Design and Fabrication

2

ARET2200FANUC Robotics Operations

2

ARET2250FANUC Vision Systems

1

General Education Required 6 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM1050Communication in the Workplace

2

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

 

PHYS1000Fundamentals of Physics

2

or

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

 

MATH1007Math for the Trades

2

or

MATH1050Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers

4

or

MATH1060Math Pathways for College and Careers

3

General Education Elective 0 Credits

 

Technical Studies Elective 8 Credits

Any combination of ARET, CMAE and/or ENGC courses listed below that are not required for this award may be used as an elective totaling 8 credits.

Recommended:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1900Specialized Lab

1 - 4

ARET2181Internship

1 - 4

ARET2500Industrial Networks

2

ARET2540Project Management for Manufacturing

2

ARET2560Instrumentation and Process Control I

3

CMAE1510Print Reading

2

CMAE1514Safety Awareness

2

CMAE1528360 Career Success Skills

1

or

ENGC1250SOLIDWORKS I

4

Total Diploma Credits 60

Semester Sequence

Offered at Eden Prairie Only

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1126Mechanical Power Transmission

3

ARET1161Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

 

MATH1007Math for the Trades

2

or

MATH1050Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers

4

or

MATH1060Math Pathways for College and Careers

3

Total Credits  13

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1140Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

 

COMM1050Communication in the Workplace

2

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

Total Credits  13

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Recommended Electives:

ARET2181Internship

1 - 4

Total Credits:  4

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1185Sensor Applications

2

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

 

PHYS1000Fundamentals of Physics

2

or

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

Technical Studies Electives

4

Total Credits  16

Fourth Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1170Troubleshooting Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET2101Advanced Automation Controls

3

ARET2111Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2150Engineering Design and Fabrication

2

ARET2200FANUC Robotics Operations

2

ARET2250FANUC Vision Systems

1

Total Credits  14

Technical Studies Electives

Any Automation Robotics Engineering Technology (ARET) course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Recommended:

ARET1900Specialized Lab

1 - 4

ARET2181Internship

1 - 4

ARET2500Industrial Networks

2

ARET2540Project Management for Manufacturing

2

ARET2560Instrumentation and Process Control I

3

CMAE1510Print Reading

2

CMAE1514Safety Awareness

2

CMAE1528360 Career Success Skills

1

or

ENGC1250SOLIDWORKS I

4

Choose a Total of:  8 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.

 

4/28/2021 : BP / EP 4005