Industrial Systems Technology

Electrical and control system technologies are increasingly sophisticated and complex. Electrical/Electronic technologies have changed the fabric of our existence. We are truly living the electronic age. New innovations seem to be routine, daily occurrences. Today’s competitive business climate pushes Industry to grasp new technology to maintain tighter control of their processes, knowing better control – better bottom line! Today’s industrial electrician is a multi-faceted technician. Modern industrial plants require technician level individuals who, maintain, calibrate, repair, troubleshoot, and wish to grow with new innovation.

Degrees and Certificates


IST 100: Introduction to Industrial Safety and Health

Credits 3
Introduction to basic industrial safety and health incorporating OSHA/WISHA rules and regulations, personal protective equipment, chemical safety, tool safety, material handling safety, machine safety, electrical safety, fire protection, health protection and safe working practices.

IST 106: Basic Electricity - AC Circuit Analysis

Credits 5
Teaches alternating current theory, waveform quantities and characteristics, including network analysis with reactive components. Proper use of test equipment and troubleshooting simple circuits.

IST 107: Industrial Electricity I

Credits 5
Electrical theory and application, electrical blueprints, power sources, panels, control devices, motors, etc. Use of test equipment and troubleshooting. Note: For Maintenance Mechanics

IST 111: National Electric Code II

Credits 2
Application of the Washington State electrical laws (WAG codes) and the National Electric Code as they pertain to the working electrical technician.

IST 112: National Electric Code III

Credits 2
Washington State electrical laws (WAC Codes 296-46, RCW 19.28) and National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) are applied to the working electrician.

IST 136: Intro to Industrial Boiler Technology

Credits 5
This course involves the fundamental principles of steam generation, boiler designs, components, operation, water treatment, safety procedures and related steam generation equipment.

IST 141: Intro to Mechanized Irrigation Applications I

Credits 5
This class will introduce the history and development of mechanized irrigation. It will distinguish the basic irrigation systems: pivot, swing arm corner, and lateral move systems. Course work will examine the various propulsion systems, electrical/electronic/digital logic controls and irrigation hydraulic principles. It will focus on technical service and operation aspects in a “real-life” lab environment under actual conditions.

IST 142: Mechanized Irrigation Applications II

Credits 5
This class will reinforce the concepts of mechanized irrigation systems acquired from the intro class. Course work will provide an in-depth and practical view of the various propulsion systems, electrical/electronic/digital logic controls and irrigation hydraulic principles. It will focus on technical service and operation aspects irrigation service technicians experience in the held. Instruction using "real-life" lab equipment under authentic conditions provides "hands on" experience similar to actual held work.

IST 152: Programmable Automation Control

Credits 5
Programmable Logic Controllers have become the backbone of modern industrial automation. This course explores PLC principles, networking, hardware and operation, with emphasis on ladder logic instruction sets, maintenance and troubleshooting using the Allen-Bradley Compact Logix” platform and Control Logix” programming software.

IST 170: Introduction to Instrumentation

Credits 5
Fundamentals of process control as it applies to process variables, measurement dynamics, & automatic corrective measures in the industrial environment.

IST 180: Machining I

Credits 5
Layout and fabrication techniques with the use of semi-precision and precision measurement tools. Introduction to drill press, engine lathe and vertical mill operations.

IST 182: Machining II

Credits 5
Fundamentals of machining processes on lathes and vertical mills. Precision measurement with micrometers, vernier calipers, and dial indicators.

IST 184: Machining-Skill Enhancement

Credits 4
Extra hands on time and instruction to supplement the students machining skill level using fundamental machining processes on lathes, vertical milling machines and other machine shop equipment.

IST 207: Industrial Electricity II

Credits 5
Electrical theory and function as it applies to various control schemes with a practical understanding of the logic and safety considerations required for efficient control of stand alone machinery and or a complex system.

IST 208: Industrial Electricity III

Credits 5
Electrical theory, operation and set-up of variable frequency drives (VFD’s), soft start devices, 4-20 ma. control loops and grounding issues associated with electronic devices.

IST 222: Electronics II (Applications)

Credits 5
Construct and analyze operation of analog and digital electronic devices, circuits, and systems using schematic diagrams, test equipment, and logical trouble shooting procedures.

IST 223: Electronics III (Industrial)

Credits 5
Instruction and training in troubleshooting, testing and repairing industrial control devices. Electrical motor drives, instrumentation, and programmable controllers will be covered.

IST 252: Programmable Automation Control III (HMI)

Credits 5
Human Machine Interface (HMI) has become one of the essentials of modern industrial automation systems. HMI is a display on touch-sensitive screens that connects a person to a machine. Even though Programable Logic Controls (PLC) often run behind the scenes without a screen displaying, an HMI allows the PLC to visually display what it is doing or has done. These HMI displays are often driven through an Ethernet connection by PLC programs, commonly used in industrial processes; such as, oil and gas, manufacturing, material handling, robotics, and food processing. This course introduces the fundamentals of HMI, including symbology and programming techniques. The student will write, configure, upload, and run HMI programs using HMI software.

IST 270: Instrumentation II & Control Actuators

Credits 5
Maintenance procedures and troubleshooting techniques for control/measurement loops in the industrial environment along with fundamentals of control valves, actuators, their applications, techniques of safe trouble shooting, testing, repairing, and calibrating final control elements.

IST 280: Mechanical Power Transmission

Credits 5
Fundamentals of industrial mechanical power transmission. Includes lubrication, bearings, speed reducers, gears, couplings, drive components, brakes, clutches, and adjustable speed drives.

IST 282: Fluid Power Transmission

Credits 5
Fundamentals of industrial hydraulic, pneumatic, and vacuum systems. Includes pumps, piping, compressors, check valves, cylinders, motors, control valves and flow controls.

IST 284: Pumping Hydraulics & Mechanics

Credits 5
This course explores the fundamentals of pump system characteristics, hydraulic principles, and pumping technology; including various designs, pump seals, lubrication, & mechanical maintenance.

IST 295: Work Based Learning

Credits 1 Max Credits 6
A supervised work experience in industrial systems enhancing the application of classroom instruction and skills and/or area of specialization approved by the program advisor. May be repeated up to twelve (12) credits.

IST 297: Work Based Learning Seminar

Credits 1
Feedback and discussion to integrate and relate work based learning and classroom based instruction. Work ethic, leadership, safety and occupational health, environmental issues, and other student generated topics are examined. May be repeated up to six (6) credits.