Technology Courses

Technology (TEC) courses

  • TEC 100 Introduction to AC and DC Electricity

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively with electricity. Basic electrical concepts are covered, including alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electrical circuits, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws. Students will use measuring instruments, such as voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters, solve series and parallel circuits, and troubleshoot electrical circuits, and become familiar with electromagnetism, electrical distribution, and electrical components including power sources, resistors, inductors, capacitors, transformers, switches relays and motors. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Electricity-AC/DC.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 101 Mathematics for the Trades

    Foundation-level math skills required in the technical trades including: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers. Information on the metric system, percentages and precision measuring will also be covered. This course begins with presentation of materials and evaluation of performance to assure that students understand the basic mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and averaging. Next effort will be to familiarize students with units and increments of measure associated with distance, weight, mass, area, volume, and capacity. Study will include equivalent values and converting values from one unit or increment of measure to another of equal value. Instruction will conclude with a focus on the development and measurement of angular and other geometric shapes and basic methods of calculating unknown angles, dimensions, areas, capacity, or other conditions of shapes using known relative factors. In this course students will learn how skilled workers in any trade can answer practical problems they will encountered on the job by using understandable mathematical procedures.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • TEC 105 Technology's Impact on Society

    Technological progress of agriculture and industry and its socio-economic impact in a global environment.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • TEC 110 Print Reading & Basic CAD

    This course will cover the fundamental print reading skills required in the technical trades including: shape and size description, annotations, industrial drawing types, as well as specialized parts and prints. An introduction to basic computer-aided drafting (CAD) will also be covered.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 111 Manufacturing Processes

    An introduction to machines and tools, such as lathes, drill presses, milling machines, welding and processes employed in manufacturing industries. Computer numerical control (CNC) machining and programming is also covered. Shop safety principles will be emphasized. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 112 Introduction to Supply Chain Management

    Covers objectives and processes of supply chain management activities including procurement, manufacturing, forecasting, planning inventory management, capacity requirements management, material control, and logistics.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • TEC 120 Technology Career Center Varible Content Course

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in an approved 525, 900 or 1050 clock hour career center program and completion of 12 credit hours of course work at Missouri State University-West Plains.

    A variable content course resulting from an articulation agreement with the South Central Career Center, Ozark Mountain Technical Center or other approved career center. The topic will be identified by the career center program title. Approved programs from the South Central Career Center include Auto Body and Collision Repair, Automotive Mechanics Technology, Carpentry, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Welding Technology. Approved programs from the Ozark Mountain Career Center include Auto Body Repair 1 & 2, Auto Mechanics 1 & 2, Carpentry 1 & 2, Computer Installer & Repair 1 & 2 and Welding Technology 1 & 2. Other programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students must attain a C grade or better in the applicable core competencies. Similar courses at other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. Credit for this course will be transcripted upon completion of 12 credit hours of course work at Missouri State University-West Plains. The transferability of this course to other institutions must be confirmed with the institution. This course may be repeated subsequently or taken concurrently for a total of 24 credits. A total of 12 credit hours will be assigned for 900 and 1050 clock hour programs.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    12120Upon demand
  • TEC 165 Manufacturing Machine Technology

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 111 or concurrently enrolled.

    This course covers computer aided drafting (CAD) and computer numerical controlled (CNC) programming of lathes and milling machines. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 180 Fundamentals of Mechatronics

    This course will present foundational information and allow students to develop hands-on skills in the areas of mechanical, electrical and controls technology. Students will develop competencies to operate and maintain pneumatics, electricity, sensors, actuators, and controls. Students will also learn how to program using industrial robot language (IRL) and safely work with industrial robots. Industry 4.0 will be introduced and students will learn how Industry 4.0, smart factories, the internet of things, and other technical advancements are changing manufacturing. Upon successful completion of this course and the certification exams, students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Introduction to Mechatronics, Fundamentals of Robotics, and Fundamentals of Industry 4.0. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 197 Special Topics in Technology

    A variable content learning module consisting of lecture, discussion, studio projects, and/or field projects that can change from semester to semester. Topics will be identified by title in the schedule of classes. The course may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours if the topics differ.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • TEC 200 Advanced Industrial Circuits

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 106.

    This course will expand on control circuits. Topics include soft starts, variable frequency drives, conduit sizing, and wire sizing for motor circuits and general power circuits, motor connections, and sensor applications. Upon successful completion, students will be certified by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Sensor Technology. Course Fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 228 Logistics, Transportation & Distribution

    This course provides an introduction to logistics, transportation and distribution. Topics covered in this course include an overview of logistics and supply chain management, transportation, order management, inventory and warehouse management.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • TEC 232 Quality Management

    A study of quality and lean management in business and industry. Topics include leadership and strategic planning, human resource practices, customer service and satisfaction, process management, performance measurement, Six Sigma principles, and principles of lean production.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • TEC 240 PLCs and Sensors

    This course allows students to acquire experience with industrial control equipment with an introduction to the troubleshooting methods that apply to circuits where a programmable logic controller (PLC) and sensors are used. Involves familiarization with Human Machine Interface (HMI) software and subsequent interface design. Students will use of standard PLC instructions with industry standard programming languages to develop ladder logic. Upon successful completion students will sill be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of PLCs.-Allen Bradley and Sensors Technology. Course Fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • TEC 245 Mechanical Systems

    This course covers the installation, use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of mechanical drive components and systems. Students will gain an understanding of belt drives, chain drives, gear drives, coupling and shaft alignment, bearings and linear bearings, gaskets, seals, ball screws, clutches and brakes, laser alignment, lubrication and vibration analysis. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 248 Fluid Power

    This course covers the fundamentals of fluid power: hydraulics and pneumatics. The pneumatics portion of the course covers the use of compressed air for pneumatic control and signaling, including compressors, storage, dryers as well as the design, construction and operation of actuators, valves and ancillary equipment. The hydraulics portion of the course introduces students to the construction and operation of hydraulic equipment, including valves controlling pressure, flow rate, sequence and direction of flow. Safe operation and maintenance is also covered. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Fluid Power-Hydraulics and Fundamentals of Fluid Power- Pneumatics. Course Fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 250 Safety Management

    Accident causes and effects, OSHA, workers' compensation, accident investigation, safety audits, safety promotion and training, and safety hazards and their prevention.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • TEC 255 Project Management

    Focuses on how projects contribute to the goals of the organization. Students will examine a project manager's role in an organization, project management tools/techniques, and the interpersonal skills needed to complete the project.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • TEC 265 Alternative Energy-Solar

    Prerequisite(s): TEC 200 or departmental permission.

    An introduction to the production of energy using various forms of solar technology. Students learn the construction and operation of passive and active solar technology systems. Includes theory, concepts and hands-on-operation of solar technology and energy efficiency. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 270 Alternative Energy-Wind

    Prerequisite(s): TEC 200 or departmental permission.

    An introduction to the production of energy from various forms of wind turbine technology. Students learn the construction and operation of wind turbine technology systems. Includes theory, concepts and hands-on-operation of wind turbine technology and energy efficiency. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 275 Automated Systems

    This course will cover various types of robots and processes, including robotic arm welding. Students will learn how to program using industrial robot language (IRL) and safely work with industrial robots. Industry 4.0 will be introduced and students will learn how Industry 4.0, smart factories, the internet of things and other technical advancements are changing manufacturing. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamental of Robotics and Fundamentals of Industry 4.0. Course Fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 297 Technology Capstone

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110 and completion of 40 hours.

    This course will introduce students to the operation of fabrication equipment to include laser engravers, ShopBot, vinyl cutters, miniature milling machines, band saw, etc. The course will culminate in a final group or individual project. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    220Spring
  • TEC 299 Internship in Technology

    Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.

    The technology internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. This internship course gives students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. This course may be repeated for a total of six credit hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Fall, Spring, Summer