Electronics, Robotics & Automation

updated 8/10/15



ERA 101
Electronics Assembly (4)
Techniques of electronics assembly using through-hole and surface mount components. Schematics and computer aided design will be studied. Heavy emphasis placed on personal and component safety and Electro-Static Discharge (ESD). Pre/Corequisite: MATH 098, ENGL 099 or equivalents.

ERA 105
Industrial Computer Operation (3)
Best practices computer operations in an industrial environment. Topics include Windows operating system navigation, hardware maintenance and various industrial software interfaces. Pre/Corequisite: MATH 098, ENGL 099 or equivalents.

ERA 120
Sensor Technology (3)
How to use, repair and calibrate electronic sensors that measure heat, light, magnetism, pressure, flow and liquid level.

ERA 121
AC Electronics (5)
Analysis and troubleshooting of AC circuits. The effects of devices such as capacitors, inductors and transformers in filter combinations are studied, along with the effects of alternating current and magnetism. Prerequisite: MATH 115, ERA 115.

ERA 150
Robotics I (3)
An introduction to the principles of robotics. Prerequisite: one quarter of prior programming.

ERA 151
Mechanical/Fluid Systems (3)
Mechanical forces, simple machines and the relationships between mass, force, and time, and those applications to mechanics. Hydraulic and pneumatic forces and component systems will also be studied and demonstrated. Prerequisite: ERA 101.

ERA 170
Solid State Devices (4)
Applications of circuits using solid state electronic devices will be studied. Course content will include diodes, transistors, solid state relays, operational amplifiers and their respective applications in sensory and device control circuits. Prerequisite: ERA 115.

ERA 212
Digital Electronics (4)
Digital logic systems and devices, boolean and hexadecimal numbering systems, combinational logic sequences and application of logic systems. Lab section emphasizes safety and electro-static discharge avoidance. Prerequisites: MATH 115, ERA 115.

ERA 220
Sensors and Instruments (4)
Examination of sensors used in industrial environments. Electrical and mechanical measurement instruments will be studied and basic prototypes constructed, tested and calibrated. Prerequisite: ERA 170.

ERA 230
Robotics II (4)
Introduction to robotic control systems and input/output processing. Platforms studied will include microcontrollers, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, various types of motor drive controllers and integration of input devices and sensors into algorithms to drive outputs. Prerequisite: TMATH 122 or equivalent.

ERA 240
Amplifiers (5)
Amplifier applications in audio and industrial settings. Topics will include small and large signal voltage and current amplifiers, analog and solid state configurations and applications to audio, sensing and measurement, and digital comparison circuits. Prerequisite: ERA 170.

ERA 250
Automation I (4)
An introductory study of the principles of Automation. This includes: Thyristors, Electric Motors, Motor Controls, Ladder Logic and Closed Loop Systems. Prerequisites: ELT 121, ERA 120, ERA 151.

ERA 251
Automation II (4)
A second course in automation and robotics. Topics covered include electric motors, motor controls work cell robotics, and a very heavy emphasis on programmable logic controllers. Prerequisite: ERA 250

ERA 252
Data Processing for Automation (3)
Introduction to retrieving, storing, processing and reporting data from input devices common to an industrial setting. A heavy emphasis will be placed on MS spreadsheet and database applications. Prerequisites: ERA 121, ERA 170

ERA 270
Robotic III (4)
A third course in Robotics. Topics covered are: infrared range sensing, navigation principles of autonomous robots, behavior based control, and characteristics of work cell robotics. Prerequisite: ERA 230.