Businesses and other organizations depend on complex electronic
equipment for a variety of functions. Industrial controls automatically
monitor and direct production processes on the automated
manufacturing floor. Electrical and electronic equipment are two
distinct types of industrial equipment, although a great deal of
equipment contains both electrical and electronic components. In
general, electrical parts provide the power for the equipment,
whereas electronic components control the device. Some industrial
electronic equipment is self-monitoring and alerts technicians to
malfunctions. When equipment breaks down, technicians first check
for the common cause, such as loose connections or obviously
defective components. If routine checks do not locate the trouble,
they may refer to schematics and manufacturers' specifications that
show connections and provide instructions on how to trace problems.
Automated electronic control systems are becoming increasingly
complex, making diagnosis more challenging. With these systems,
Techs use software programs and testing equipment to diagnose
Industrial Plant Technicians install and maintain manufacturing equipment. To do this effectively, technicians must be able to detect minor problems and correct them before they become larger problems. Industrial Plant Technicians use technical manuals, their understanding of the equipment, and careful observation to discover the cause of the problem. For example, after hearing a vibration from a machine, the tech must decide whether it is due to worn belts, weak motor bearings, or some other problem. Technicians are prepared to use computerized diagnostic systems and vibration analysis equipment to determine the nature of a problem. Increasingly, Industrial Plant Technicians have the electrical, electronics, and computer programming skills to repair sophisticated equipment on their own.
Students can transfer to any four-year college or university in the state of Alabama as a junior by following the STARS program.
Effective July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
Gainful Employment Statistics and References
If you have any questions regarding the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services.