Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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ELT 100 Basic Electricity
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) An entry-level course for students with little or no previous electrical training, this course covers what electricity is, AC and DC current, how electricity is generated, magnetism and electromagnetism, Ohm's Law, how motors and relays work and how basic electronic devices operate. This course is for students requiring only ELT 100 in their program of study or students desiring an Electrical Technology elective. Recommended prerequisite: A minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 70 or successful completion of ENG 098 or ENG 099 and a minimum ACT Reading score of 14 or COMPASS score of 65 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 099 and minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Skills Test score of 44 or MATH 092 or 094.

ELT 102 Applied Electricity
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/laboratory course in basic electrical theory and practice for the beginning electrician/technician. This course addresses: basic concepts and definitions of electricity and what it is, voltage, current and power, electrical safety, passive circuit components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors), analysis of simple resistive DC circuits, series and parallel combinations of components, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws, reactance and impedance concepts, and analysis of simple AC circuits. Laboratory experience is utilized to reinforce these concepts. Recommended prerequisite: A minimum ACT Writing Skills score of 18 or COMPASS score of 70 or successful completion of ENG 098 or ENG 099 and a minimum ACT Reading score of 14 or COMPASS score of 65 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 099 and minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Skills Test score of 44 or MATH 092 or MATH 094. Corequisite: Math 106 is recommended.

ELT 103 Industrial Electronics
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course discusses the theory and operation of solid state devices used in electrical circuits, including transistors, rectifiers, FETs, and the use of the oscilloscope. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 102. Corequisite: MATH 106 or DRFT 110 & DRFT 112.

ELT 110 Residential Wiring and Code
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course combines wiring theory and actual lab experience. Students will wire various switching circuits, GFCI's, panels, fuse boxes, lamps, and low voltage wiring. Upon completion of this course, the student should have the knowledge and ability to wire a residence according to the National Electrical Code. Comment: Basic hand tools and safety glasses are required for lab work. A list will be handed out the first day of class.

ELT 115 Commercial Wiring and Code
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This is a lecture course covering the basic components used in commercial and industrial wiring systems. Topics include wire and conduit sizing, grounding, voltage drop, over-current protection, hazardous wiring, fuses, and circuit breakers, raceway systems, short circuit calculations, panel boards and blueprint reading. The latest National Electric Code is used throughout the course. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 102 and ELT 110 or permission of instructor.

ELT 120 Electrical Machines
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This is a basic course in transformers, generators, and both AC and DC motors. It covers the operating principles and characteristics of these machines and the proper installation and maintenance procedures required by each. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 102 or instructor's permission.

ELT 122 Wind Turbine Ops/Maint/Repair
2-1-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course provides an overview of Wind Turbines and Operations. Topics include tower and rotor design, testing, operation and routine maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems involved. This includes blades, internal motors, hoists, gears and associated equipment, along with monitoring systems. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 102, ELT 120, and MSM 120.

ELT 126 Power Generation & Dist
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides a detailed look at the electrical generation and distribution system. All components from the wind turbine itself, the transmission of power and the connection to the end user will be examined. This includes typical power grids and local power systems along with rules and regulations. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 102, ELT 120.

ELT 215 Installing Commercial Wiring
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/lab course for students with a knowledge of basic components of a wiring distribution system. Topics of study include installing a variety of raceway systems; power tools; new and innovative techniques, tools and materials including flat cable, splicing systems, lay in lighting, conduit bending; wire pulling and termination; buss duct. The class takes a field trip to visit a construction site. Comment: Basic hand tools and safety glasses are required for lab work. A list will be handed out the first day of class. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 115.

ELT 218 Introduction to AC Drives
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides a basic introduction to the fundamentals, operations and components of AC variable speed drives. Installation and troubleshooting will be emphasized as well as application considerations to provide the student with a working knowledge of AC drives. Safety and the current National Electrical Code compliance will be stressed. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 103, ELT 120.

ELT 220 Motor Control
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/lab course covering the use of switches, relays, motor starters, and other components to affect the control of motors. Students will wire 2-wire, 3-wire, reversing and sequential motor control circuits plus others and learn to read/draw ladder diagrams for complex control circuits. Comment: Basic hand tools and safety glasses are required for lab work. A list will be handed out the first day of class. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 120 or instructor permission.

ELT 222 Programmable Control
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/lab course designed for the student with a thorough knowledge of mechanical motor starters, motor theory, and wiring practices. Students design circuits and program actual controllers. Programming development and documentation software is used by students to broaden their ability to deal with PLC's. Comment: Basic hand tools and safety glasses are required for lab work. A list will be handed out the first day of class. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 220 or instructor permission.

ELT 224 Machine Panel Design/Fabrica'n
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/lab course for students who have a background in motor control devices and circuits. The student will design a complex machine control circuit, make a master drawing, create a bill of material using manufacturers' catalogs, order all components, and fabricate and wire the complete system. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 220. Corequisite: ELT 222. Comment: Basic hand tools and safety glasses are required for lab work. A list will be handed out the first day of class.

ELT 228 Adv Program Control & Data Acq
3-2-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a lecture/laboratory course introducing the student to the products, processes and programming utilized to implement advanced PLC control and data acquisition systems. Students will use Allen-Bradley RSLogix500 programming software and Allen-Bradley SLC500 and MicroLogix PLC hardware to develop programs and systems for advanced PLC applications involving analog, thermocouple and other specialty modules; subroutines; direct, indirect, and indexed addressing modes; shift registers; and comparison, logical, and math instructions. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems and interfacing/configuration employing remote terminal units, programmable controllers, operator interfaces and other commercially available hardware will also be addressed. Recommended prerequisite: ELT 222.

ELT 238 Voice/Data/Video Systems
3-1-4 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course covers fundamental principles, standards, and applications necessary to understand, install and support various communication media in a network environment. To accomplish this, the course gives students the theoretical information along with extensive hands-on experience in a simulated work environment. Theory and hands-on experience is provided in three areas to fully prepare students to succeed: three technologies (twisted pair, coax, fiber), three Industries (voice/telco, data, video), and three types of installation (industrial, commercial, residential). Recommended prerequisite: ELT 100 or ELT 102 recommended. Corequisite: MATH 106 or DRFT 110 and DRFT 112.

ELT 240 Hybrid Electric Drive Systems
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course discusses the theory and operation of solid state devices used in electrical circuits and basic operation of transistors, rectifiers, FETs, MOSFETs, IGBTs, transformers, generators, and both AC and DC motors. General operating principles and characteristics of these electric machines will also be covered. Recommended prerequisite: AUTO 122 with a 2.0 grade or higher or Instructor permission.

ELT 278 Electrical Tech Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply electrical competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall. Comment: This course can be used as an elective in the program. See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.