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Contact: Winston Xu, Program Chair
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Industrial Systems Technology

Program Overview

The Industrial Systems Technology program is intended to provide the opportunity for students to explore a career in industrial systems technology at the professional level. The degree program teaches skills in Industrial Systems Technology providing background skills in several areas of industrial maintenance including electronics, industrial wiring, motors, controls, PLCs, instrumentation, fluid power, mechanical, pumps and piping, and computers.

Program graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems Technology, qualifying them as industrial system maintenance personnel, technicians, electricians, millwrights, and other related jobs that are charged with inspecting, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing commercial and industrial mechanical and electrical systems. These systems are found in manufacturing applications, assembly lines, and production facilities. The complex machinery found in each of these situations need technicians to install, service, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair the machinery in order for the companies to maintain a high level of productivity. Occupational prospects will vary by specialty and location, as employment is influenced by economic conditions. In general, opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or other postsecondary training in Industrial Systems Technology.

Minimum Program Length: 5 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $6,820


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
Currciulum (62 hours)
General Education Courses (15 hours)
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Emphasizes the student\\\'s ability to read literature analytically and meaningfully and to communicate clearly. Students analyze the form and content of literature in historical and philosophical contexts. Topics include reading and analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama; research; and writing about literature.
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.
Explores the visual arts and the relationship to human needs and aspirations. Students investigate the value of art, themes in art, the elements and principles of composition, and the materials and processes used for artistic expression. Well-known works of visual art are explored. The course encourages student interest in the visual arts beyond the classroom.
Occupational Courses (47 hours)

This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.

This course introduces direct current concepts and applications, alternating current theory and application of varying sine wave voltages andcurrent, and the physical characteristics and applications of solid state devices. Topics include, but are not limited to, electrical laws andprinciples, magnetism, series, parallel, and simple combination circuits, inductance and capacitance, diodes and amplifiers, andsemiconductor fundamentals.
 This course introduces the fundamental concepts, principles, and devices involved in industrial motor controls,theories and applications ofsingle and three-phase motors, wiring motor control circuits, and magnetic starters and braking. Topics include, but are not limited to, motortheory and operating principles, control devices, symbols and schematic diagrams, NEMA standards, Article 430 NEC and preventativemaintenance and troubleshooting.

This course introduces the operational theory, systems terminology, PLC installation, and programming procedures for Programmable Logic Controllers. Emphasis is placed on PLC programming, connections, installation, and start-up procedures. Other topics include timers and counters, relay logic instructions, and hardware and software applications.

Teaches the fundamental concepts of industrial wiring with an emphasis on installation procedures. Topics include: grounding, raceways,three-phase systems, transformers (three-phase and single-phase), wire sizing, overcurrent protection, NEC requirements, industrial lightingsystems, and switches, receptacles, and cord connectors.
This course introduces and emphasizes the basic skill necessary for mechanical maintenance personnel. Instruction is also provided in thebasic physics concepts applicable to the mechanics of industrial production equipment, and the application of mechanical principles withadditional emphasis on power transmission and specific mechanical components.
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of safely operating hydraulic, pneumatic, and pump and piping systems. Theory andpractical application concepts are discussed. Topics include hydraulic system principles and components, pneumatic system principles andcomponents, and the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of pump and piping systems.
This course introduces the theory and practical application for two-wire control circuits, advanced motor controls, and variable speed motorcontrols. Emphasis is placed on circuit sequencing, switching, and installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques.
This course provides for hands on development of operational skills in the maintenance and troubleshooting of industrial control systems andautomated equipment. Topics include data manipulation, math instructions, introduction to HMI, analog control, and troubleshooting discreteIO devices.
Provides instruction in the principles and practices of instrumentation for industrial process control systems with an emphasis on industrialmaintenance techniques for production equipment. Topics include: instrument tags; process documentation; basic control theory; sensingpressure, flow, level, and temperature; instrument calibration; and loop tuning.