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Pneumatic Engineering Technician (BP/EP) Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

The Pneumatic Engineering Technician A.A.S. degree program prepares individuals to perform high level research and design work utilized in the fluid power industry. Emphasis is placed on pneumatic system design, test and evaluation, problem-solving, business communications, system integration, computer-aided circuit construction and programmable logic controls. Pneumatic Engineering Technicians design, modify and specify motion controls for today's high-speed production equipment. The program will focus on improving pneumatic system efficiency through the integration of technology (pneumatics, PLC's, industrial controls and computers). Individuals with a high mechanical aptitude that enjoy working with their hands as well as their minds should consider this program. This individual must be a people orientated person.

Award Outcomes

Demonstrate teamwork

Adhere to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) safety guidelines and practices

Identify components that are utilized in the fluid power industry

Apply engineering concepts as they relate to fluid power applications

Employ fluid power best-practices methods when troubleshooting and repairing fluid power systems

Apply National Electrical Manufacturers Association (N.E.M.A.) and International Electrotechnical Commission (I.E.C.) electrical standards and practices as they relate to electrical concepts and equipment

Design fluid power systems in accordance with National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and practices

Utilize calculations as they relate to the design of efficient fluid power applications

Examine engineering design practices as they relate to the transmission of power

Develop programmable logic controller (PLC) programs using Boolean algebra methods and computer software applications

Integrate electrical, programmable logic controller (PLC) and electronic hardware with motion control components

Instrument fluid power systems

Utilize data acquisition methods when analyzing fluid power application efficiency

Incorporate human machine interface (HMI) technologies with fluid power applications

Produce engineering drawings and schematics using American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and industry symbols and standards

Use applied physics to investigate power transmission methods

Collaborate with others to create a capstone project that utilizes the engineering portfolio concept

Career Opportunities

The fluid power industry is one of the fastest growing technologies today. Pneumatic Engineering Technicians will find employment with industries in automation, material handling and processing, robotics, plant automation and fluid power distribution. These opportunities will exist in large and small companies in local as well as international markets. Jobs will include supervision, pneumatic engineering, inside and outside sales consultant and product development.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 45 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
FLPW1101Fluid Power Technology I

3

FLPW1106Fluid Power Technology II

4

FLPW1150Pneumatic Components

4

FLPW1231Industrial Electricity I

3

FLPW1236Industrial Electricity II

3

FLPW1340Pneumatic Circuits and Air Logic

4

FLPW2000Programmable Logic Controllers

3

FLPW2020Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

FLPW2112Instrumentation of Fluid Power Systems

3

FLPW2321System Engineering Portfolio

3

FLPW2360Pneumatic Specialist Certification Review

2

METS2000Engineering Design Principles

3

METS2100Statics and Strength of Materials

3

Choose one of the following:

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGC1100AutoCAD

4

ENGC1160Inventor

4

ENGC1250SOLIDWORKS I

4

ENGC2100Basic Creo Parametric

4

FLPW1400Engineering Drawings and Schematics

4

General Education Required 12 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

or

ENGL2125Technical Writing

3

 

Choose 9 credits from 2 MnTC Goal Areas 2-10

9

General Education Elective 3 Credits

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

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60

Semester Sequence

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