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Lyles College of Engineering

Process Controls and Automation Academy

The Process Controls and Automation Academy  (PCAA) is a co-curricular professional development program for students and professionals interested in expanding their skills for careers and opportunities in the manufacturing industry. 

The PCA Academy is offering a free, non-credit course to current Fresno State students in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology, and Mechanical Engineering spanning 12 weeks. Students will use state of the art technologies from Rockwell Automation

The course will cover: Introduction and utilization of PLC's in industrial applications, design concepts, and best practices, I/O devices, schedule/event driven interrupts, applications of control theories, PID, communications, diagnostics and time and event-based programming.

The course is FREE of cost to those FRESNO STATE STUDENTS that register and complete the program. 

Course and Schedule: Fall Course starts on September 11th, 2023

Foundations of Manufacturing Automation for currently enrolled Fresno State students

Monday's 6 to 9 p.m. -September 11  - November 27, 2023

Location: IT 502

Go to the STUDENT application.

Class size will be limited to 14 students. Classes will include daily lectures, with hands on lab exercises. Students will work in pairs. Please see the weekly schedule below for more details.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Walter Mizuno
Director, Process Automation and Controls Academy
2320 E. San Ramon Ave., MS# EE94

Room EE 241


Introduction, Studio 5000 Logix and Compact Logix introductory exercises, basic input/output lab exercise. Establishing communications.

Creating tags. Alias, data types, arrays, editing.  Ladder logic, elements making a rung, program logic.

XIC, XIO, etc.; Counters, timers, bit instructions, analog 

Ladder logic programming of a simple system.  Introducing sensors.  Conveyor line with parts counter and totalizing 

Motor control using a Powerflex 525 drive

Position control using a Kinetix 5500 servo controller

HMI using a Panelview 1200

Integration of components.  Design a system which controls the following industrial system:

                                A. Bakery line

                                B.  Bottling line

                                C.  Palletizing line

                                D.  Etc.

Hands-on semester project

Hands-on semester project

Hands-on semester project

Demonstration of semester project