Electronics Engineering Technology – Electronic Instrumentation

Electronic Instrumentation Technicians configure, program, calibrate, install and troubleshoot instruments that measure and control processes in automated and industrial environments. The process controlled systems maintained by these technicians are central to such production facilities as chemical plants, power plants, automotive and tire manufacturing, and many other automated control applications.

Other job responsibilities for these technicians include maintaining precision measuring instruments that record and control varying operating conditions. These conditions include vibration, temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, level, acceleration, pH, conductivity, and chemical makeup. Electronic Instrumentation Technicians select, install, and calibrate these instruments. In addition to these tasks, technicians also work with electrical and motor control systems. Technicians are also required to work with a variety of process control systems that require specialized programming, such as PLCs to optimize automatic and efficient operation.

Teamwork is very important in a career for an Instrumentation Technician. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are essential in the role of a Technician. Electronic Instrumentation Technicians must understand and apply electronic and electrical theory in their daily work activities; therefore, high school students interested in this field should take courses in mathematics and general physics.

OCtech is the only technical college in South Carolina that offers an associate degree in this field of engineering technology. The EIT curriculum has a co-op program established with multiple industry partners such as Dominion Energy and International Paper. Students who co-op during their Spring II semester will register for course EIT 240, Supervised Work Experience and will receive credit for EIT 220 and EIT 242.

Students planning to attend a four-year institution after graduation should consult with their advisors early in the program concerning transfer courses.

Program Educational Objectives
Our mission statement leads to the following program objectives that are also consistent with our industry identified program outcomes. Graduates of the OCtech Electronics Engineering Technology program will:

Accrediting Agency:
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Associate Degree in Applied Science
76-79 semester hours

Electronic Instrumentation Technicians configure, program, calibrate, install and troubleshoot instruments that measure and control processes in automated and industrial environments. The process controlled systems maintained by these technicians are central to such production facilities as chemical plants, power plants, automotive and tire manufacturing, and many other automated control applications.

Other job responsibilities for these technicians include maintaining precision measuring instruments that record and control varying operating conditions. These conditions include vibration, temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, level, acceleration, pH, conductivity, and chemical makeup. Electronic Instrumentation Technicians select, install, and calibrate these instruments. In addition to these tasks, technicians also work with electrical and motor control systems. Technicians are also required to work with a variety of process control systems that require specialized programming, such as PLCs to optimize automatic and efficient operation.

Teamwork is very important in a career for an Instrumentation Technician. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are essential in the role of a Technician. Electronic Instrumentation Technicians must understand and apply electronic and electrical theory in their daily work activities; therefore, high school students interested in this field should take courses in mathematics and general physics.

OCtech is the only technical college in South Carolina that offers an associate degree in this field of engineering technology. The EIT curriculum has a co-op program established with multiple industry partners such as Dominion Energy and International Paper. Students who co-op during their Spring II semester will register for course EIT 240, Supervised Work Experience and will receive credit for EIT 220 and EIT 242.

Students planning to attend a four-year institution after graduation should consult with their advisors early in the program concerning transfer courses.

Program Educational Objectives
Our mission statement leads to the following program objectives that are also consistent with our industry identified program outcomes. Graduates of the OCtech Electronics Engineering Technology program will:

Accrediting Agency:
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Associate Degree in Applied Science
79 semester hours

Electronics engineering technicians assist in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of advanced control systems used in automated production facilities. These technicians work in power plants, chemical production facilities, automotive and tire manufacturing, food processing plants, and environmental control agencies, as well as many other automated control applications. Engineering Technology is applied to a wide variety of systems in the area of process control that require specialized programming to ensure that these control systems operate efficiently and automatically.

The specialization in Engineering Technology Programming prepares technicians to install, program, operate, maintain, service, and diagnose control system operational problems encountered on a routine basis as well as prepare for new installations and system upgrades.

Engineering technicians primarily use the principles and theories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to solve technical problems and develop programming solutions; therefore, prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for this postsecondary associate degree program. Laboratory work in this program complements the theory taught in the classroom. Most students complete the program in four semesters and one summer session. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others are also important since engineering technicians are often part of an engineering team.

Employment opportunities in the area of automated process control and engineering technology programming are expected to continue to grow. Increasing demand for more sophisticated electrical and computer controlled systems will continue as industrial and manufacturing processes are designed, constructed, and upgraded.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Electronics Engineering Technology Department is to provide the student with a quality well-rounded education. This, in turn, will enhance the student’s economic and social well-being and provide industry with a highly skilled work force.

Program Educational Objectives
Our mission statement leads to the following program objectives that are also consistent with our industry identified program outcomes. Graduates of the OCtech Electronics Engineering Technology program will:

Accrediting Agency:
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Associate Degree in Applied Science
77-80 semester hours

Electronics engineering technicians assist in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of advanced control systems used in automated production facilities. These technicians work in power plants, chemical production facilities, automotive and tire manufacturing, food processing plants, and environmental control agencies, as well as many other automated control applications. Engineering Technology is applied to a wide variety of systems in the area of process control that require specialized programming to ensure that these control systems operate efficiently and automatically.

The specialization in Engineering Technology Programming prepares technicians to install, program, operate, maintain, service, and diagnose control system operational problems encountered on a routine basis as well as prepare for new installations and system upgrades.

Engineering technicians primarily use the principles and theories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to solve technical problems and develop programming solutions; therefore, prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for this postsecondary associate degree program. Laboratory work in this program complements the theory taught in the classroom. Most students complete the program in four semesters and one summer session. Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others are also important since engineering technicians are often part of an engineering team.

Employment opportunities in the area of automated process control and engineering technology programming are expected to continue to grow. Increasing demand for more sophisticated electrical and computer controlled systems will continue as industrial and manufacturing processes are designed, constructed, and upgraded.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Electronics Engineering Technology Department is to provide the student with a quality well-rounded education. This, in turn, will enhance the student’s economic and social well-being and provide industry with a highly skilled work force.

Program Educational Objectives
Our mission statement leads to the following program objectives that are also consistent with our industry identified program outcomes. Graduates of the OCtech Electronics Engineering Technology program will:

Accrediting Agency:
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

Associate Degree in Applied Science
80 semester hours

This program is designed to introduce basic entry-level skills that are required for a career in radiation protection or health physics. Topics include nuclear math and theory, as well as fundamentals in radiological safety. Graduates will be in a position to take basic field certification examinations. The program also provides opportunities for persons currently working in engineering or technology positions to expand employment opportunities.

Enrollment in this certificate requires the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

Certificate
16 semester hours

The nature and purpose of the Engineering Design Technology (EDT) program at OCtech is to prepare graduates with demonstrated professional competence in converting engineering products, ideas, and solutions into 2D CAD drawings and 3D CAD parametric drawing models. Students produce 3D prototypes, allowing them to experience the capabilities of the manufacturing process.

Specific skills mastered by Engineering Design Technology majors include the production of mechanical, architectural, electrical and civil drawings and the selection and design of architectural and mechanical systems, including plumbing, piping, and process equipment. The program covers piping layouts, piping and instrumentation diagrams, process pipe drafting, building information modeling, surveying, and 3-D residential design. Instruction includes 2-D commercial building design, 3-D plant layout, electronic schematics and 3-D commercial building design. In addition, the program utilizes internship agreements to give students on-the-job training while attending classes. This provides students with a higher success rate when they enter the workforce.

The goal of the Engineering Design Technology program is to prepare professional entry-level CAD technicians to apply technical skills while creating working drawings and models from a variety of software applications. Graduates of the Engineering Design Technology program may work with engineering and with designers in a wide variety of disciplines, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), piping design, machine tool design, and architectural design.

The Engineering Design Technology program is suitable for anyone desiring to enter the advanced manufacturing workforce or upgrade skills to improve earning capacity. The program offers flexible schedules and hybrid classes that are convenient for working individuals. Completion of the program will prepare students to become a design draftsman, tool designer, research assistant, engineering assistant, detailer, or a mechanical draftsman.

Associate Degree in Applied Science
79 semester hours

This program is designed to introduce the student to basic entry-level Computer Aided Design. Topics include two-dimensional engineering drawings and parametric 3D modeling.

For admission into this program you must be a high school graduate or possess a GED and take the college’s placement test or have met the college’s SAT or ACT requirements.

Certificate
17 semester hours

This program is designed for students desiring advanced computer aided design skills to generate drawings. Topics include piping layouts, P&ID, process pipedrafting, parametric 3D modeling, and 3D residential design.

For admission into this program you must be a high school graduate or possess a GED and take the college’s placement test or have met the college’s SAT or ACT requirements. Completion of Computer Aided Design I Certificate (or a determination of your experience and capabilities, made by an advisor) is required for admission into this program.

Certificate
18 semester hours