2014-15 Catalog

Rail/Off Highway Motive Power Electrical Technician

Associate in  Applied Science and Certificate

This program provides generalized knowledge of electrical technology for locomotives and off-highway motive powered technologies. Through demonstrations and applications of standard industry techniques and processes that are included / embedded in the program curriculum students will be able to assess, troubleshoot, fix and maintain the electrical components in these technologies. Content includes operation and analysis of industrial electronic circuits and devices as well as principles of automatic process control, measurement, programmable controller and distributed control.

Graduates will assemble and install electrical circuitry, perform troubleshooting to locate electrical problems in a variety of electrical instruments, control systems and equipment, plan preventive maintenance and repairs on electrical systems. Develop work plans and design standard operating procedures. Monitor breakdowns in electrical components using testing devices and equipment. Design wiring structures as per the electrical system or instrument need. Maintain and document records of electrical needs and study blueprints of electrical designs while solving electrical issues.

Employment
The current employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) show the following for the district, rail transportation workers (53-4000) IDES reports a 6.45% increase and for rail transportation workers, all other (53-4099), IDES reports a 16.67% increases by the year 2018. For Electrical/Electronic Equipment Mechanics/Installers (49-2000) the IDES indicates a .74% growth by 2018 in the district and 3.84% growth in Illinois by 2020 in the field. The BLS indicates a growth of 3% nationally by 2020. However, Helpers for Electricians (47-3013) shows better growth at 11.11% in the district by 2018 and 6.68% in Illinois by 2020.

 Admission to the Program: Open

 First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
309.345.3500

 

Associate in Applied Science

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
MAT.101Technical Mathematics 1 3
MTL.101Machine Tool Fundamentals 1 3
MTL.103Manufacturing Processes 2
WEL.101Fundamentals of Welding Theory 2
WEL.103Welding Survey 1
MFG.130Industrial Safety 2
Spring Semester
ELT.104Industrial Electrical Control 3
ELT.121Rail/Off Hiway Motive Power Electrical 4
ENG.101 or RDG.120Freshman Composition 1 3
MAT.102Technical Mathematics 2 3
MFG.125Industrial Blueprints 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
ELT.119Industrial Electronic Control 3
ELT.120Electrical/Electronics Troubleshooting 3
SOC.101 or PSY.101Introduction to Sociology 3
RRT.101History of Railroading 3
SPE.110 or SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 3
Spring Semester
CIS.112Computer Software Applications 3
ELT.209AC/DC Drives and Servos 3
ELT.212Industrial Electricity 3
ELT.213Process Control & Instrumentation 3
PHY.110Applied Physics 3
 Total Program Hours: 65.0

Students enrolled in the Rail Off/Highway Motive Power Electrical Technician program must complete all ELT courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequents courses and continue in the program.  In order to graduate, each student must complete ELT, MTL and WEL courses with a grade of C or better.

Certificate

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
MAT.101Technical Mathematics 1 3
MTL.101Machine Tool Fundamentals 1 3
MTL.103Manufacturing Processes 2
WEL.101Fundamentals of Welding Theory 2
WEL.103Welding Survey 1
MFG.130Industrial Safety 2
Spring Semester
ELT.104Industrial Electrical Control 3
ELT.121Rail/Off Hiway Motive Power Electrical 4
ENG.101 or RDG.120Freshman Composition 1 3
MAT.102Technical Mathematics 2 3
MFG.125Industrial Blueprints 3
 Total Program Hours: 32.0

Note:  Students enrolled in the Rail Off/Highway Motive Power Electrical Technician program must complete all ELT courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequents courses and continue in the program.  In order to graduate, each student must complete ELT, MTL and WEL courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)