ELM 250 Industrial Automation

Campus Location:
Effective Date:
ELM 243 or concurrent


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
4.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course reinforces and applies pneumatics, industrial controls, and networking to construct, modify, test, and troubleshoot a flexible manufacturing system. Topics include sensors, actuators, machine vision, human-machine interfaces, programmable logic controllers, and industrial networks.

Required Text(s):

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Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course

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Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Translate business objectives into programming language for common industrial processes. (CCC 2, 6; PGC 1, 2, 5)
  2. Troubleshoot and restore manufacturing systems to normal working order. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 4, 5, 6)
  3. Explain different types of manufacturing communications networks and protocols. (CCC 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Translate business objectives into programming language for common industrial processes.
    1. Construct ladder logic diagrams, structured text, and sequential function charts.
    2. Perform quality control through automated processes.
    3. Develop human machine interface (HMI) applications.
    4. Use machine vision to accomplish automated inspection of parts.
    5. Evaluate an automation proposal based on cost justification versus payback period.
    6. Explain key principles of quality management.
    7. Compare and contrast lean production, six sigma, and ISO 9000 quality systems.
  2. Troubleshoot and restore manufacturing systems to normal working order.
    1. Describe safety considerations in troubleshooting and maintaining systems.
    2. Explain proper grounding techniques.
    3. Explain proper noise control techniques.
    4. Explain a typical troubleshooting process.
    5. Verify that a complex manufacturing system is working as designed.
    6. Restore a malfunctioning complex manufacturing system to normal working order.
  3. Explain different types of manufacturing communications networks and protocols.
    1. Compare and contrast communications network topology, protocols, and standards.
    2. Construct a DeviceNetTM network that enables a manufacturing process.
    3. Report on a real-world application of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).
    4. Identify and describe the applications of various types of wireless technologies used in manufacturing environments.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative: 2 Exams (equally weighted)


Summative: Final Exam


Summative: 10 Laboratory Experiments (equally weighted)


Formative: 10 Reading Assignments / Quizzes (equally weighted)


              Formative: Research Project




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Under engineers' direction, design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation.
  2. Build, modify, and test circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electrical or electronic systems.
  3. Install, maintain, adjust, and calibrate electrical or electronic equipment.
  4. Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.
  5. Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling, maintaining, or repairing equipment.
  6. Employ ethical standards, sound leadership and management principles, and participate in lifelong learning.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.