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Electromechanical Engineering Technology - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8094)

Course Category: 
Location: 

NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.

Length: 

Varies.

Dates: 

September 2014 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify components of technical reports and define common components of technical documents; implement strategies for accident prevention and identify safe work habits; demonstrate safe and proper use of hand tools, portable power tools, and drill press; identify electric shock hazards; identify fire dangers of electronic circuits; use appropriate fire extinguishers for different classes of fires; describe the importance of SDS information; describe Arc Flash Protection and National Fire Protection Act 70E; demonstrate the Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedure; identify and interpret electrical symbols, notes, details, and components on schematics; identify symbols and terms used in electromechanical motor control circuits; identify relays, contactors, and motor starters; read schematic wiring diagrams of motors and their controls; wire a simple two- and three-wire motor control circuit, a reversing starter, multiple push button/jogging control circuits, and sequential control circuits; wire and test electrical control circuits; perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting on motor controls; identify and describe classes of wire insulation; describe conductor ampacity, how to select “wire size” and “wire type” for a specific wiring application; demonstrate procedures for the correct labeling of wires; interpret electrical diagrams; troubleshoot and replace relays; describe the origins and applications of magnetism and magnetic force; describe the atomic structure of materials; describe the direction of electron flow in circuits; list the effect of electric current flow; construct simple circuits; define electricity and describe the electrical force which causes current flow; describe the characteristics and purposes of good conductors of electricity; demonstrate the use of prefixes in the metric system of measurement; demonstrate knowledge of “power”; State Ohm’s Law; State Watt’s Law; use an analog and a digital multimeter to measure voltage, amperage, and resistance and care for analog and digital meters; perform a continuity test; define resistance; describe how length and thickness of wire affect resistance; measure resistance using a meter; calculate resistance; describe how the flow of an electric current generates heat; calculate total resistance values; identify values for color-coded resistors; describe the operation of a capacitor; build and test a series circuit, a parallel circuit, and a series/parallel circuit; troubleshoot series and parallel circuits; calculate voltage, current, and resistance; measure voltage, current, and resistance; use the National Electric Code® (NEC) Reference Book; describe regulations for wiring; explain the NEC® code for sizes and types of wire conductors, raceways, and boxes; state the NEC rules for grounding and bonding; describe the NEC rules for over-current protection devices; locate the NEC code for motor circuit wiring; use the NEC reference book to locate regulations for industrial electrical installations; describe basic direct current circuits; explain the theory of operation of a direct current motor; operate and test a direct current motor; demonstrate knowledge of technical terms and units used in a basic direct current circuit; explain the theory of operation of alternative current motors; describe operating characteristics of capacitor-start motors; connect and operate split-phase and capacitor-start motors; reverse the rotation of a split-phase motor; describe the force between two magnetic fields; connect and operate a three-phase, squirrel cage motor; demonstrate how to reverse the rotation of a three-phase motor; connect and operate a transformer; calculate the voltage-and-turns ratio; connect a “step-up” and a “step-down” transformer in a circuit; identify transformer windings and related output voltages; measure single-phase transformer voltage and currents and series/parallel transformer voltages and currents; explain three-phase transformers; wire and analyze three-phase transformers; describe proper care for soldering equipment; demonstrate proper soldering techniques for splicing conductors and terminals; identify and explain electronic symbols shown on diagrams and schematics; describe and explain the function of diodes; explain the function of Zener diodes and power supplies; explain the function of half-wave, full-wave, and three-phase rectifiers; outline the function of single-phase and three-phase inverters and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); explain number systems; convert binary and decimal number systems; describe switch logic; identify characteristics of  AND, OR, NAND, NOR, and NOT logic; explain where PLC networks may be used in the manufacturing process; identify the parts and operating principles of programmable logic controllers; discuss number systems and codes for PLCs; create a relay logic diagram; describe the PLC logic gate functions in PLCs; explain PLC logic and math functions and PLC timer and counter functions; demonstrate procedures for editing PLC programs; troubleshoot a PLC system; identify vocabulary words and terms associated with the fundamental principles of the transmission of mechanical power; construct simple machines and use them to illustrate mechanical principles; identify basic principles of lubrication of bearings; identify basic principles of installing and adjusting V-belts; outline the uses of brakes and clutches for mechanical power transmission; set and adjust mechanical stops; install and maintain linkages and gear trains; conduct routine preventive maintenance on hydraulic equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions; determine speed and torque rates of mechanical equipment components; identify electrical symbols and schematics for hydraulic systems; describe fundamentals of hydraulics; examine characteristics of hydraulic pumps; measure oil flow and oil pressure; demonstrate the operation of manual and pilot directional control valves; describe and explain hydraulic actuators; describe the relationship between hydraulic pressure and flow; define fundamental principles of pneumatics and  pneumatic actuators; construct, test, and troubleshoot a pneumatic circuit; explain safety rules and regulations for working around robots; use vocabulary words and terms specific to robotics; identify major systems of a robot and a robot’s “work envelope’’ in a manufacturing cell; explain how robots are used in American manufacturing industries; describe the operation of a robot’s drive system and the mobility of an industrial robot; demonstrate the procedure for programming a robot; describe industrial applications for robotics; outline the fundamental operating principles used in flexible manufacturing systems; and assemble and test a fluid power work-cell using PLC sensors.  Performance Component:  Cut and Bend Conduit (16%); Wiring a Motor Control Circuit, Motor, and Indicator Light (15%); DC Circuit Construction and Analysis (28%); Fluid Power (12%); and PLC Logic (29%).

Instruction: 
This exam assesses  individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Electromechanical Engineering Technology (9/14) (11/18 revalidation).  NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.

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