Control Systems Technician 

7 Months – Total Clock Hours:  610

2024-2025 Tuitions Fees: $11,882

Start Dates: 8/19/2024, 1/6/2025

Admission Requirements

Application Fee, Application for Admission, Enrollment Agreement, High School Diploma or GED, Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance.

Program Overview

The Control Systems Technician Diploma Program (“Program”) is designed to provide the required electrical, mechanical and process control coursework necessary for the student to become eligible to obtain the International Society of Automation’s (“ISA”) Control Systems Technician Certificate I. Topics presented in this Program include AC/DC electricity, control logic fundamentals, electric motor control, basic electrical machines, variable frequency drives, and industrial electrical control wiring. Additionally, the student will be introduced to residential and commercial wiring, electrical power distribution wiring, and basic principles of solar power. The programmable logic controller (“PLC”) component of the program teaches the student analog control, panel op interface, data highway, and the troubleshooting of PLC systems. The student will also be taught essential principles related to power and control electronics. The program concludes with instruction in fluid power & control, central lubrication, and centrifugal pumps.

Maximum # of Students Per Class:  8

Program starts in January and July. Please check with CPI Admissions and review the Program Enrollment Agreement for specific start dates.

Entry-Level Career Opportunities:

  • Quality Control Systems Managers
  • Power Plant Operators
  • Mechatronics Engineers
  • Electrical Technician / Technologist

Courses In This Program Include:

Course Descriptions

EIE-190 – Industrial Electricity
In the Industrial Electricity course, students’ study and apply the fundamental principles and laws of electricity, such as electro-magnetism, capacitance, inductance, Ohms Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage/ Current laws, and electrical power principles. Students also wire, analyze, and troubleshoot different single-phase and three-phase power and control circuits containing capacitors, control relays, timers, and limit, pressure, float, and proximity switches. Additionally, students wire, configure, and troubleshoot several Variable Frequency Drives used to control the speed and torque of 3-phase motors. Throughout the course, students continue to review the different aspects of electrical power maintenance and safety. (30 Lecture Hours – 260 Lab Hours)

EIM-196 – Mechanical Power
In the Mechanical Power course, students will study and apply fundamental mechanical power principles of belt, chain, and gear driven power transmission systems. Student focus on the inverse relationship between rotational speed and torque. Similarly, students explore fluid power principles, via hydraulic and pneumatic industry-current skill building activities. Throughout the course, students continue to apply the different aspects of mechanical power maintenance and safety.
(10 Lecture Hours – 45 Lab Hours)

EIP-168 – Process Control
In the Process Control course, students’ study and apply the fundamental principles of industrial automation. Specifically, students wire, configure, and troubleshoot On/Off and Continuous Control circuits utilizing a variety of physical and electronic sensors, programmable logic and analog controllers, and final control elements, such as valves and pumps. Students also utilize digital multi-meters as well as 4-20 milli-Amp and 3-15 psi control signal generators to analyze and calibrate process flows, level, pressure, and chemical feed control loop components. Throughout the course, students continue to apply the different aspects of process control maintenance and safety. (45 Lecture Hours – 220 Lab Hours)