Instrumentation Engineering Plan of Study (BT)

Instrumentation Engineering Plan of Study (BT)

Bachelor of Technology (128 credit hours)

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Suggested sequence of courses for the BT in Instrumentation Engineering Technology. Viewing the PDF requires Adobe Reader.

The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET has accredited the baccalaureate degree program in Instrumentation Technology.

Technical Course Requirements: 74 Credit Hours

ETDE 1283

AC/DC Circuits I

This course covers the fundamentals of DC and AC electric circuit theory. This includes detailed coverage of direct current, alternating current, ohms law, energy and power relationships, series, parallel, and combinational resistive circuit laws. An introduction to magnetism and electromagnetism and their roles in DC & AC motor and generator operation will be introduced.  Inductance and Capacitance and their fundamental applications will be introduced. An introduction to troubleshooting and safety in Electrical circuits will be covered.  Students will be introduced to electronic test equipment and its proper operation including the Digital Multimeter, Oscilloscope, Function Generator, and DC Power supplies.  Exposure to these topics in a laboratory setting is included using onsite facilities and hardware and software simulation tools.

 Co-requisite: MATH 1513.

ETDE 1293

AC/DC Circuits II

This course is a continuation of AC/DC Circuits 1 and introduces students to circuit analysis techniques in DC and AC electric circuits.   This includes detailed coverage of rules and laws such as Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, loaded voltage dividers, thevenin’s theorem, maximum power transfer, superposition, and Wheatstone bridges. The student will analyze combinational Inductive, Reactive, and Resistive circuits.  Power Factor will be introduced along with basic passive ac circuits such as filters, integrators and differentiators.   Fundamental Transformer theory will be introduced.  Exposure to these topics in a laboratory setting is included using onsite facilities and hardware and software simulation tools.

Prerequisite: MATH 1513, ETDE 1283

Co-requisite: MATH 1613.

ETDE 1343

Electrical Motors & Controls

Introduces the fundamental concepts of electrical motors and associated electrical controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, schematic diagrams, contactors, motor starters, control relays, timing relays, pilot control devices, AC/DC motors and related control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, install and troubleshoot motors and associated control systems. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1283

Co-requisite: ETDE 1293

ETDE 1363

Electronic Devices & Standards

Students learn to identify, specify, and troubleshoot electronic devices used in power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, sensor circuits, electro-optical, and industrial control circuits. Students learn how to research and use manufacturer specification sheets. Device measurements are made with multimeters, oscilloscopes, frequency counters and other test equipment. Students are introduced to standards development for measurements and devices. An overview of professional organizations such as American National Standards Institute, International Standards

Prerequisite: ETDE 1293

ETDE 1373

Digital Systems & Microcontrollers

Introduces digital logic, number systems, and circuits as they relate to computing, memory, and control systems. Topics include numbering systems, logic gates, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, latches, decoders, multiplexers, interfaces, displays, I/O, and timing circuits. Students learn how to research and use manufacturer specification sheets. Students learn computer communication systems, communication standards, and troubleshooting. Microprocessors, microcontrollers, and embedded systems are introduced. Students complete a course project using a microcontroller that demonstrates hardware control and software programming. Technical reports and presentations are vital components of the course. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1363.

ETDE 2113

Introduction to PLC’s

An introductory course in programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and their applications in industrial environments. Topics include ladder logic programming, input and output modules, power supplies, selection and installation of controllers, and interfacing controllers with equipment. Upon successful completion, the student should be able to install PLC’s and create basic programs. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1343

ETDE 2123

PLC Applications

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and their applications in industrial environments. Topics include basic programming, hardware specifications, and wiring. After successful completion, the student is able to program and troubleshoot fundamental PLC systems and related control devices. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 2113.

ETDE 2223

Electrical Power Distribution

Students study the physical properties of electromagnetic and electromechanical energy conversion devices and their application to conventional rotating machines. Electrical energy generation, transmission and distribution and relay technology are also covered.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1293

Co-requisite:  ETDE 1363.

ETDE 2253

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Hydraulic principles, types of hydraulic fluids and their characteristics are covered. Describes components of the hydraulic system and their functions, including filters and strainers, reservoirs and accumulators, pumps, piping, tubing and hoses, control valves, relief valves, and actuating devices. Covers a variety of operating principles of reciprocating, positive displacement, rotary, and dynamic air compressors. Covers primary and secondary air treatment. Includes valves, logic devices, cylinders, and air motors. Theory/Lab.

Prerequisite: ETDE 1283, MATH 1513.

ETDE 2273

Electronic Control Devices

An introduction to a wide range of electronic devices and industrial automatic controls. Emphasis is placed on motor speed/position controls and programmable devices. Topics include specialized switches, sensors, stepper motors, stepper motor controllers, variable frequency drives, and control systems common to the industrial environment. Upon completion, the learner is able to install, troubleshoot, and program variable frequency drives and stepper control systems. Students also analyze how variable speed drives save energy and maintenance costs in industrial supplications. Theory/Lab

Prerequisites: ETDE 1343, ETDE 1363.

ETDE 3123


This course focuses on the fundamentals of industrial instrumentation. Topics include the operation and calibration of electric, electronic and pneumatic instruments, as well as the basic physical laws of temperature, pressure, flow and level. Upon successful completion, the student should be able to design, install, maintain and calibrate basic instruments and control devices.

Prerequisite: ETDE 2123, ETDE 1373

ETDE 3213

Project Management & Engineering Economics

Application of economic principles and techniques used to plan, document, complete, and report industry related projects. The use of tools for making sound decisions related to time, cost, risk, and quality will be an integral part of the course. Students are required to demonstrate the use of these tools through contextual hands-on learning experiences and assessments.

Prerequisite: Associate standing

ETDE 3223

Industrial Networks

Students learn the fundamentals of local area networks and their operation in the industrial control environment. Topics include the characteristics of network topologies, system hardware (repeaters, bridges, routers gateways), system configuration, and installation and administration of the LAN. Upon completion, students are able to install, maintain, and manage typical industrial control networks.

 Prerequisite: ETDE 2123, ETDE 2273

ETDE 3233

Liquid & Gas Flow Measurement

This course covers theory of operation, advantages/disadvantages and provides guidelines for selection and use of liquid and gas flow meters. Topics include methods and equipment that are used for accurate calibration, gas and liquid flow calculations, fluid properties, and the use of primary and secondary flow standards. Upon completion, students should be able to install, maintain, and design fluid measurement systems.

Prerequisite: ETDE 3313, PHYS 1214.

ETDE 3313

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

This is a calculus-based course covering fundamental principles of thermal-fluid sciences important to the design, synthesis and operation of process control systems.  Students will analyze fluid systems using Bernoulli and general energy equations, laminar and turbulent flows, flow and pressure measurements, and flow forces.  They will study heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation.

Prerequisite: MATH 2144, ETDE 2253 & PHYS 1214

ETDE 3513

Programming for Instrumentation

This course will introduce students to computer-based data acquisition and process control using graphical programming to automatically measure physical properties encountered in instrumentation engineering technology. This course will use LabVIEW as the primary programming tools to read and analyze various sensors/transducers introduced in the “Instrumentation” course. The course will also deal with electronic circuits for controlling motors.

Prerequisite: ETDE 3123

ETDE 4112

Electrical/Electronics Instrumentation Internship

A cooperative agreement between industry and education which allows students to utilize and refine skills previously learned in their educational process. All work is to be performed in accordance with industry standards and guidelines, and supervised by industry and school representatives.

Prerequisite: ETDE 2411

ETDE 4133

Process Measurement & Control

This is an advanced course electronic/pneumatic instrumentation devices commonly used in process measurement and control systems. Students work in a teaming environment to apply various control methodologies (i.e., PID, etc.) to monitor and control process variables in solving real world problems. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to design, install, calibrate process measurement and control systems.


Prerequisite: ETDE 3233, ETDE 3513, ETDE 3223 & MATH 2153

ETDE 4313

Distributed Control Systems

The practical applications of distributed control systems (DCS). Included is the relationship between programmable logic controllers and the DCS, as well as the importance of the human machine interface (HMI) and advanced control strategies.

 Prerequisite: ETDE 3223, MATH 2153

ETDE 4813


The capstone course is the culminating student experience in instrumentation engineering. Students work in teams from the project’s conception phase, through design and construction to completion. Through these phases students employ principles and techniques acquired in ETDE 3093 “Project Management & Engineering Economics”. Faculty serve as technical advisors to assist students in the design and conduct of their applied research efforts.

Prerequisite: ETDE 3213, ETDE 3513, ETDE 3223, ENGL 3323.

ETDG 1143

Introduction to Design/Drafting

Students learn basic use and application of AutoCAD as a drafting tool through the creation of geometrical shapes, parts, drawings, and electrical symbols and schematics. Students also gain a basic understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, and architectural design and drafting. Students must have taken or be enrolled in Intermediate Algebra or higher. Theory/Lab.

Co-requisite: MATH 0163.

ETNT 1102

Basic Manufacturing

Students learn general shop safety and practices, applications of precision measuring and layout, and operation of basic industry machine tools including conventional lathes and mills. Students also learn basic manufacturing processes as they relate to industry standards. Theory/Lab.

General Education Requirements: 29 Credit Hours

For general education and interdepartmental course descriptions, see the General Education courses.

Communication Arts: 6 Credit Hours

ENGL 1113

 Freshman Composition I

ENGL 1213

 Freshman Composition II

Mathematics: 3 Credit Hours

MATH 1513

 College Algebra

Humanities: 6 Credit Hours

PHIL 1213


HUM 1013

 Humanities I

Social Science: 6 Credit Hours

HIST 1483

 U.S. History to 1865 or

HIST 1493

 U.S. History Since 1865

POLS 1113

 U.S. Government

Science: 8 Credit Hours

CHEM 1314

 General Chemistry I

PHYS 1114

 General Physics I

Additional Program Requirements: 23 Credit Horus

Oral Communications: 6 Credit Hours

ENGL 3323

 Technical Writing III

SPCH 2313

 Small Group Communications

Mathematics: 10 Credit Hours

MATH 1613


MATH 2144

 Calculus I

MATH 2153

 Calculus II

Science: 4 Credit Hours

PHYS II 1214

 General Physics II

Social Science: 3 Credit Hours

PSYC 1113

 Introduction to Psychology

Interdepartmental Requirements: 2 Credit Hour

GTGE 1111

 College Cornerstone

ETDE 2411

 Employment Exploration