2015-16 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

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

 

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 (or Strategies for Success in College) 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 (or Introduction to Psychology) 3
RRT.101History of Railroading 3
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking ) 3
Spring Semester
ICT.110Computer 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 (or Strategies for Success in College) 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.)
 

ELT.100 Electrical Fundamentals233

This course introduces the fundamentals of electrical and electronic circuits. Calculation and measurement of voltage, current, and resistance are emphasized. Through the use of lab activities, various wiring and testing methods utilizing multimeters are investigated.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.104 Industrial Electrical Control233

This course introduces the fundamentals of industrial electrical control. Basic theory including electron flow, Ohm's Law, series parallel circuit characteristics, and electrical power calculations as applied to industrial control applications is covered. Lab work involves the construction and testing of representative industrial electronic control circuitry.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.121 Rail/Off Hiway Motive Power Electrical334

Building on fundamentals of basic electrical and electronic circuits, students will study AC and DC fundamentals and safety, power generation, inverters and VFDs, propulsion, dynamic braking, ground fault protection, AC/DC motors, low voltage and high voltage control systems, lockout tagout, and digital and analog controls. Through theory and laboratory activities students will gain a practical understanding of the electrical fundamentals for supplying power to an engine, vehicle, etc.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.100
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

MAT.101 Technical Mathematics 133

This course is designed to serve students enrolled in vocational or technical programs. The emphasis is on skill-building and the applications of mathematics. Topics studied include a review of arithmetic, measurement, approximations, basic algebra, applied geometry, and right triangle trigonometry. Scientific calculators are used and are required of students.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS Algebra score or previous experience with elementary algebra. A background in geometry is also helpful.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Math AGS Only

MAT.102 Technical Mathematics 233

This course is a continuation of MAT.101. Topics include linear functions and graphs, laws of sines and cosines, systems of linear equation, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, quadratic equations, logarithms, and other topics from trigonometry. The emphasis is on skill-building and applications of mathematics. A scientific calculator is needed.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MAT.101
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Math

MFG.125 Industrial Blueprints223

The student will learn how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on industrial drawings. Students will be provided with instruction that enables them to understand the various types of blueprints, shop prints, and schematics used in an industrial environment. Students will interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on electrical construction drawings, schematics and wiring diagrams. This course will benefit students entering any industrial trade.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificate where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MFG.130 Industrial Safety1.5.52

This course provides the student with specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Students will be introduced to different safety philosophies and terminology. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy and with the Right-to-Know laws. Also covered are units specific to fire safety, pressurized gases and welding, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will have the opportunity to earn the OSHA ten-hour safety certification.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MTL.101 Machine Tool Fundamentals 1223

This course provides a basic introduction to machine tools with the primary emphasis on the engine lathe, drill press and hand tools common to the machinist trade.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MTL.103 Manufacturing Processes22

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic processes that are common to industry and the techniques used in the manufacturing of a product.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDG.120 Strategies for Success in College33

This course will introduce students to strategies that promote success in college. Students will explore internal factors that influence success in college, including learning styles, educational objectives and personal expectations. External factors, including locus of control and generational influences will also be explored. Students will also be introduced to the specific skill sets necessary for success in college, including time-management skills, critical thinking and reading skills, test-taking skills, goal-setting skills and problem solving skills. Students will also be introduced to college resources when appropriate.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or higher or completion of RDG.096 with a grade of C or better, or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

WEL.101 Fundamentals of Welding Theory22

This course provides a convenient source of know- how or information that is needed by all persons going into the field of welding. Much information provides aids in selecting the correct process since this is directly related to the metal being welded. The processes are explained in detail. In addition, the course provides quality control data and reference material that is of high interest to welding personnel. The information is purely technical in nature and there is nothing included on actual welding technique. Areas of concentration will include welding processes and definitions, the shielded metal-arc (stick) welding process, the gas metal-arc (MIG) welding process, the gas tungsten-arc (TIG) welding process, the oxyacetylene (gas) welding process, weld quality control and other related welding information.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

WEL.103 Welding Survey.51.51

This course is designed to allow those who have an interest in the welding trade (but are not sure of the skills involved, the environment, or their abilities to meet the demands of this profession) an opportunity to sample a variety of the skills a student in welding would be exposed to. Areas of study would be determined in joint agreement with the student and the instructor. Areas of study could include a variety of arc skills, gas shielded skills and/or oxyacetylene skills.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

The AAS in Rail/Off Highway Motive Power includes all the courses for the certification plus these additional courses.

BOC.107 Tech Skills for Business Environment223

This course provides students with instruction in basic computer skills including keyboarding, 10- key, file management, data storage and retrieval, colloborative technology, and computer hardware and software. Basic formatting rules for letters, memos, reports and tables will be covered as well as basic word processing concepts and proofreading skills. Spreadsheet and database basic terminology and usage will also be introduced. This course is designed for students who are not majoring in an office occupations program.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.119 Industrial Electronic Control233

This course is an in-depth evaluation of industrial electronic control methods and devices. The operating characteristics of various types of solid state controls and sensors, including proximity, photoelectric, thermistors , thermocouples, SCR, triacs, thyristors, transistors, timers, counters, and advanced electronic motor controls are studied. The lab work involves the operation and analysis of industrial electronic circuits and devices.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.120 Electrical/Electronics Troubleshooting233

This course covers the essential techniques of troubleshooting industrial electrical and electronic circuits and devices. The lab work includes the use of test equipment, instrumentation, and computer simulation to develop the skills necessary to improve troubleshooting accuracy and cut troubleshooting time.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.209 AC/DC Drives and Servos223

This course investigates modern trends in industrial motor controls. Students will be exposed to the advantages and disadvantages of AC and DC solutions. Discussions will include soft start and servo control. Much emphasis will be on AC Variable Frequency Drives.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.104
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.212 Industrial Electricity233

This course provides a basic overview of various industrial topics such as distribution, wiring methods, and enclosures.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.119
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.213 Process Control & Instrumentation233

This course covers the field of industrial measurement and control. Data acquisition methods,including the sensing, measuring, and transmission of industrial process variables, are introduced. The principles of automatic process control,measurement, programmable controller and distributed control are studied.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.119
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ICT.110 Computer Software Applications33

This course in software applications will provide students with an overview of a computer operating system and commonly used computer software. Students will gain experience with word processing and database management tasks, presentation software, and spreadsheets. Additional software programs associated with the Windows environment will be explored. This course may be used to satisfy the computer requirement common for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take AOP.101 or or BOC.107 or appropriate articulated high school credit.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

PHY.110 Applied Physics33

This course surveys various ideas in physics with an emphasis on problem solving and applications from many technical areas. Concepts studied include measurement, laws of motion, the resolution of forces, work and energy, simple machines, and properties of matter. Students must provide a hand-held scientific calculator.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MAT.101
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- AGS Only

PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology33

This course is designed to provide an understanding of a variety of topics within the field of psychology. It is not only designed for students planning on majoring in psychology, but for those who have an interest in the scientific basis of behavior, thought, and the physiological processes that underlie each.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 900
General Education -- Social Science

RRT.101 History of Railroading33

This course covers the history and traditions of railroading and the industry's role in North American economic development. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to list and explain the significance of major events in North American railroading.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology33

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the discipline of sociology as it applies to contemporary American society. This course provides an orientation to the student interested in social science or the helping professions. Among specific topics to be studied are: how the sociologist gathers information, the importance of culture and symbols, personality development, the changing structure of the family, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, and deviant behavior.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate; AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 900
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.220 Advanced Public Speaking33

The introductory study of public speaking (SPE.120) will be continued in this course. Additional theory will be presented and students will apply theory through practice as speakers and critics.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: SPE.120
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

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Burns, Dennis D (David)
assistant professor, biology
associate dean of math & natural sciences

Johnson, Craig A
instructor, welding

Neill, Michael J
professor, mathematics

Paris, Michael A
assistant professor, mathematics
coordinator of mathematics