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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 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. 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
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

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

or

MnTC Goal Area 4

 

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

or

MnTC Goal Area 2

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

or

MnTC Goal Area 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
ARET1126Mechanical Power Transmission

3

ARET1161Mechatronic Systems

3

ARET1175Industrial Electricity and Electronics I

3

ARET1200Introduction to Robotics

2

 

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

or

MATH2200College Algebra

4

or

Any course from MnTC Goal Area 4

Total Credits  14

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1130Maintenance Operations

2

ARET1140Computer Integrated Manufacturing

3

ARET1155Automation Controls

3

ARET1180Industrial Electricity and Electronics II

3

 

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

Total Credits  14

Third Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ARET1165Vision Systems for QA/SPC

3

ARET1185Sensor Applications

2

ARET1190Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ARET2105Fluid Power Motion Control

2

 

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

or

Any course from MnTC Goal Area 2

 

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

or

Any course from MnTC Goal Area 3

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

General Education Electives

3

Total Credits  16

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

MnTC Goal Area 2

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.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
BIOL2001Biology in Society

4

BIOL2003Nutrition and Health

3

BIOL2005General Biology I

4

BIOL2040Introduction to Forensic Science

3

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL2235Microbiology

4

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

PHIL2100Critical Thinking for College Success

3

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

PHYS2015Introductory Physics II

3

SOCI2100Introduction to Sociology

3

MnTC Goal Area 3

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
BIOL2001Biology in Society

4

BIOL2005General Biology I

4

BIOL2040Introduction to Forensic Science

3

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL2235Microbiology

4

CHEM2000Introduction to Chemistry

4

CHEM2201General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Foundations

4

PHYS2001Introductory Physics

3

PHYS2005College Physics I

4

PHYS2010College Physics II

4

PHYS2015Introductory Physics II

3

MnTC Goal Area 4

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
MATH2050Applications of Quantitative Reasoning

3

MATH2150Introduction to Statistics

3

MATH2200College Algebra

4

PHIL2000Introduction to Logic

3

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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