Automated Controls

Mission Statement

To establish in each graduate a foundation of practical knowledge and hands-on experience upon which to build a successful career in electrical/electronics fields. The educational experience is accomplished through classroom instruction, laboratory experiences, and student mentoring. The graduates of this program are electrical/electronics technicians capable of critical thinking, committed to strong work ethics, prepared for life -long learning, and sought after by employers in the state, region, and nation.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The program educational objectives support the program mission statement.

  1. Graduates will have a strong foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and hands-on experience to be equipped with critical thinking skills, an appreciation for teamwork, and effective communication skills required for electrical/electronics engineering technicians.
  2. Graduates will meet or exceed standards for electrical/electronics engineering technicians with technical service firms in local or regional industries or government agencies.
  3. Graduates will recognize the importance of professional development, continued learning, service to the local and global communities and will engage in discipline-specific organizations that foster these opportunities.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

The Student Outcomes are used to indicate learned capabilities that program graduates should be able to demonstrate.

Upon graduating from this program of study, students will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  2. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  6. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self -directed continuing professional development
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  10. an understanding of the application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems
  11. an understanding of the applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry
  12. apply concepts of automatic control, including measurement, feedback and feed forward regulation for the operation of continuous and discrete systems
  13. the ability to design and implement systems utilizing analog and/or digital control devices
  14. the ability to apply the concepts of chemistry, physics, and electricity/electronics to measurement and control systems
  15. the ability to apply the concepts of digital and microprocessor systems and functionality of system components/devices for the automation of processes
  16. the ability to apply the concepts of measurements and sensor selection
  17. the ability to communicate the technical details of control systems using current techniques and graphical standards
  18. the ability to apply algebra, trigonometry and elementary calculus in the installation, calibration and troubleshooting of control systems
  19. the ability to recognize and apply the fundamental concepts of economics and management to problems in automatic controls systems

Enrollment/Graduation Data

Graduates spring 2015:  9
Enrollment fall 2015:  43

Industry Advisory Board

NameCompany
Jeffrey VincentEPB
Bob HayEPB
Rick CarsonRetired – TVA
Robert DreyerRetired – Chattanooga State
Justin GreenTVA
Jaroslave Tyman, Jr.Automation IG
Danny McDowellMcKee Foods
Barry SmithVolkswagen Academy
Tony Bartley, P.E.McKee Foods

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org