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Advanced Process Automation - Certificate Program (In session next program begins August 24, 2015)

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate from the Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering

  • Math - August 22, 2016 to August 31, 2016 (no class Labor Day)
  • Electricity I - September 7, 2016 to October 3, 2016
  • Electricity II - October 5, 2016 to October 31, 2016
  • Motor Controls I - November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016 (no classes November 21-November 30, 2016)
  • Motor Controls II - January 9, 2017 to February 20, 2017
  • PLC I - February 27, 2017 to March 15, 2017
  • PLC II - March 20, 2017 to April 5, 2017
  • PLC III - April 10, 2017 to April 26, 2017 

Industrial Electronics (optional)

Days:     To Be Announced
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Industrial Electronics is a hands-on course where students will learn Industrial Electronic Components, Circuitry, and Troubleshooting.  Topics include: review of AC and DC circuits, semiconductors, capacitors, inductors, LEDs, power supplies, control transformers, and fundamentals of oscilloscopes and DVMs.


Industrial Math and Electricity I & II

Days:    Mondays and Wednesdays
Times:    4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dates:    August 24, 2015 to November 3, 2015 (no class Labor Day)

This course will introduce the students to the basic principles of electricity including OHMS law, conductors, insulators, DC circuits, series and parallel circuits, voltage dividers, Basic AC circuits, AC sine wave analysis, capacitors and inductors.   This course will cover AC theory and circuitry, time constant, AC complex numbers, reactance and impedance, LRC Circuits, transformers, relays, polyphase AC circuits, and power factor.  Also covered within this course will be 16 hours of industrial math relating to electrical circuitry and the use of electrical measurement devices, i.e., fractions, decimals, formula re-arranging and meanings, vectors and basic triangle and geometric principles.


Motor Controls

Days:      Mondays and Wednesdays

Times:    4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dates:     November 4, 2015 to February 22, 2016 (no classes November 23 - December 4, 2015

Module I - Motor Controls
- Students in this course will learn advanced motor control circuitry through the use of ladder diagrams.  Detailed analysis of motor controls circuits included forward/reverse stations and multiples start/stop stations.  Students will be required to build a forward/reverse motor control station utilizing conduit and combination motor starters.  Conduit bending will also be covered to the extent of its use in motor controls.  Also covered will be motor controls trouble shooting.


Module II - Advanced Motor Controls/Variable Frequency Drives/Machine Controls Students enrolled in this course will receive the next stage of training in motor controls, i.e., Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs).  They will use and program the AB1305 VFD for various operations and scenarios.  Emphasis will be placed on installation and troubleshooting of a motor control system using the VFD as the motor's prime control device.  Various problems will be inserted into a basic system for the  student to locate and repair.


Programmable Logic Controllers

Days:      Mondays and Wednesdays
Times:    4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dates:     February 29, 2016 to May 4, 2016

Module IStudents will learn both theory and hands on training in the use of PLC hardware and software utilizing Allen Bradley PLCs and LOGIX software.  Topics Include:  PLC Architecture Over view Programming Basics and How to Work in and Setup RSLOGIX, Basic Ladder Logic, Logix Execution, Discrete I/O, Memory Addressing, XIO and XIC instructions, Binary Bit Instructions, Timers and Counters.  


Module II –  Students will learn both theory and hands on training in the use of PLC hardware and software utilizing Allen Bradley PLCs and LOGIX software.  Topics will include sequencers, shift registers, subroutines, jump and program control instruction, move with mask instructions LIFO and FIFI instructions.


Module III –   Programmable Logic Controller Troubleshooting is designed to teach the essential skills and knowledge to troubleshoot the entire PLC system. This instruction will build on concepts discussed in module 1 and 2. Topics will include PLC enclosures, electrical noise, leaky inputs/outputs, grounding, voltage fluctuations, and preventive maintenance. Participants will be given plenty of hands-on experience troubleshooting simulated machine control problems during class.  


Additional Information

Program cost - $5,250 (includes Industrial Math, Electricity I & II, Motor Controls, and PLC's)


Available Funding and Grants – Please contact Deb Conway, assistant director of Continuing Education, Penn State Hazleton at 570-450-3136 for funding and subsidy information.    


Costs are all inclusive.  All instruction, instructional materials, administrative support, and travel are included.  The academic content of the training module is approved through the University College of Penn State University. All participants earn a certificate indicating their accumulated Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their attendance at this training program.