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Contact: Kemith Thompson, MBA, Associate Dean
Direct: (404) 225-4521



Industrial Electrical Controls

Program Overview

The Industrial Electrical Controls Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students for an entry level position in a commercial or industrial environment in which electrical controls are utilized. Emphasis is placed on electrical theory, electric motors, and programmable logic controllers.

Minimum Program Length: 1 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $2,390

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Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements
  • Must be 16 years of age.
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (20 hours)
Occupational Courses (20 hours)
Introduces the theory and application of varying sine wave voltages and current. Topics include: magnetism, AC wave generation, AC test equipment, inductance, capacitance, and basic transformers.
Introduces the fundamental theories and applications of single-phase motors. Topics include: motor theory/operating principles, motor terminology, motor identification, NEMA standards, motor efficiencies, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting/failure analysis, and NEC requirements.
Introduces line and low voltage switching circuits, manual and automatic controls and devices, and circuits. Emphasis will be placed on switching circuits, manual and automatic controls and devices, line and low voltage switching circuits, and operation, application and ladder diagrams. Topics include: ladder and wire diagrams, switching circuits, manual controls and devices, automatic controls and devices, and application and operation of controllers and controls.
Introduces operational theory, systems terminology, PLC installations, and programming procedures for programmable logic controls. Emphasis is placed on PLC programming, connections, installations, and start-up procedures. Topics include: PLC hardware and software, PLC functions and terminology, introductory numbering systems, PLC installation and set up, PLC programming basics, relay logic instructions, timers and counters, connecting field devices to I/O cards, and PLC safety procedures.
Provides an in-depth study of the health and safety practices required for maintenance of industrial, commercial, and home electrically operated equipment. Topics include: introduction to OSHA regulations; safety tools, equipment, and procedures; and first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.