Technology Courses

Technology (TEC) courses

  • TEC 100 Survey of Electronics

    Prerequisite(s): ACCUPLACER reading score of 85 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 18 or greater, or SAT EBRW of 480 or greater, or a grade of C or better in ENG 101 and grade of C or better in TEC 101 or concurrently or departmental permission.

    A survey of electronics including electrical and electronic safety. Ohms Law, passive and active devices, amplifiers, digital fundamentals and communications systems.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.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall, Spring
  • 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, Spring
  • TEC 111 Manufacturing Materials and Processes

    Prerequisite(s): ACCUPLACER reading score of 85 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 18 or greater, or SAT EBRW of 480 or greater, or a grade of C or better in ENG 101, and grade of C or better in TEC 101 or concurrently enrolled or departmental permission.

    An introduction and survey of the materials, such as ferrous and nonferrous alloys, ceramics, plastics, wood and composite materials, machines and tools such as lathes, drill presses, milling machines, welding and processes employed in manufacturing industries. 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 115 Welding Safety, Materials & Processes

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 101 or departmental permission.

    After completing this course, the student should be able to discuss types of injuries that can occur and how to prevent them, describe personal protective equipment (PPE) used by welders, discuss the proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment, explain the purpose of safety data sheets (SDSs), discuss the benefits of recycling waste material, explain how each one of the major welding processes works, list the factors that must be considered before a welding process is selected, discuss the history of welding, describe briefly the responsibilities and duties of the welder in various welding positions, list the crystalline structures of metals and explain how grains form, work with phase diagrams, list the five mechanisms used to strengthen metals, explain why steels are such versatile materials, describe the types of weld heat-affected zones, discuss the problems hydrogen causes during steel welding, discuss the heat treatments used in welding, and explain the cause of corrosion in stainless steel welds. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • 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 123 Employment in the Manufacturing Occupation

    An introduction to shop safety, new hire best-practices, communications skills, manufacturing tools, maintenance practices, work stations and equipment rigging and lifting. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • TEC 132 Introduction to Industry 4.0

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 100 or concurrently or departmental permission.This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of Industry 4.0.

    and includes exploring the Internet of Things and the networking of industrial equipment and systems through a globally connected industrial network. Students will follow the evolution of data, to artificial intelligence, to robotics, to virtual ecosystems that provide industry with the tools for rapid prototyping. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Industry 4.0. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 165 Manufacturing Machine Technology

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 111 or concurrently, or departmental permission.

    This course provides students with an introduction to manufacturing technology. Students will learn about shop safety, print reading, operation and programming of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, including lathes, plasma cutters, milling and grinding machines.Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 175 Welding Technology

    This course provides instruction in welding theory, principles and applications. Topics covered in this course include shop safety, shielded metal arc welding, gas welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, ox fuel cutting, plasma cutting, math for welders, blueprint reading and metallurgy. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • 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 Applied Electricity and Electronics

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 100 or concurrently, or departmental permission.

    An introduction to the production and use of electrical energy in motors, generators and electronic circuits. Students learn the construction and operation of motors, generators and electronic control circuits. Includes electrical and mechanical safety, theory, concepts, and hands-on-operation of electrical equipment associated with various power systems. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • TEC 210 Advanced Welding Technology

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 175 or departmental permission.

    This course is a continuation of welding theory, principles and applications. Topics covered in this course include shop safety, advanced shielded metal arc welding, gas welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, ox fuel cutting, plasma cutting, math for welders, blueprint reading and metallurgy. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • TEC 215 Structural Design and Fabrication

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 175 or departmental permission.

    After completing this course, the student should be able to explain the various safety issues related to fabrication, list the advantages of using custom fabrication parts, demonstrate an understanding of the proper placement of tack welds, demonstrate the use of location and alignment points when assembling a project, explain how to adjust parts to meet the tolerance, describe how to control weld distortion, lay out and trace parts, identify common sizes and shapes of metals used in weldments, describe how to assemble and fit up parts for welding, understand the history and economy of steel-frame construction, differentiate between fast-track and conventional, or linear, construction, know why fast-track scheduling is usually more economical than linear scheduling, identify the two design methods currently used to design structural steel support systems for commercial and industrial buildings: allowable strength design (ASD), and load resistance factor design (LRFD), and understand the functions and responsibilities of the structural engineering team. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • 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 230 Industrial Controls & Troubleshooting

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 200 or concurrently or departmental permission.

    This course introduces students to the troubleshooting methods that apply to basic and industrial motor control circuits; including AC and DC drive circuits. Course Fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • 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 235 Computer Hardware & Operating Systems

    Introduction to computer hardware and operating systems. Topics include components of a computer, the Windows operating system, and the Linux operating system. Students may not receive credit for both CIS 235 and TEC 235. Course Fee

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • TEC 240 PLC's & Sensors

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 200 or departmental permission.

    This course allows students to acquire experience with industrial control equipment with an introduction to the troubleshooting methods that apply to circuits where a 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 sill be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of PLC's.-Allen Bradley and Sensors Technology. Course Fee.

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

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 165 or TEC 200 or departmental permission.

    An introduction to shop safety, design, implementation and troubleshooting of mechanical and fluid power systems. Includes mechanical equipment alignment, balancing and leveling as well as calculations for gears, gearboxes and motor sheaves. Additionally, includes pump and valve operations as well as fluid contamination and control. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems and Fluid Power-Hydraulics & 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 260 Alternative Energy-Biofuels

    Prerequisite(s): TEC 200 or departmental permission.

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

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • 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 Manufacturing

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 165 or TEC 200 or departmental permission.

    An introduction to shop safety, motor controllers, discrete input/output devices, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) including basic ladder logic, communications and troubleshooting as well as robotics applications. Upon successful completion students will be certified by National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in Festo Advanced Manufacturing Fundamental of Robotics. Course fee.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • TEC 280 Robotic Arc Welding

    Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in TEC 210 or concurrently, or departmental permission.

    After completing this course, the student should be able to explain the difference among manual (MA), semiautomatic (SA), machine (ME), automatic (AU), and automated welding, list the major factors to be considered in establishing a robotic welding station, list robotic safety considerations, explains the need for interaction among various components of robotic workstations, distinguish between automatic joining processes and automated joining processes, operate an industrial robot that is reprogrammable with a multifunctional manipulator designed to move material, parts, tools, or specialized devices and evaluate the need for the use of a robot and select a robot to meet the need in a complex process. Course fee.

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

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of 40 credit hours including at least 20 credit hours of General Technology related courses, IDS 110 and ENG 210 or ENG 221 or department head permission.

    Independent design and development of a technology project in a field of the student's choice, with the instructor's approval. These projects can be individual or team projects. A unit of instruction relating globalization of and to a technical industry will occur. This course provides a culminating experience for the general education program and includes some non-course educational experiences. Students will be required to submit a student learning portfolio. Although no points will be awarded for the student learning portfolio, failure to complete it will result in an automatic grade of 'F' for the course. If extenuating circumstances exist, you may apply for an incomplete. This course may not be taken Pass/Not Pass.

    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