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MEC 156 - Motors and Motor Controls

Credits: 3
3 Skills Lab Hours

Prerequisites: EET 103  

This course introduces the basic concepts of single-phase motors, three-phase motors and motor control circuits through a series of hands-on exercises performed in the lab. The student will connect various configurations of motor and motor controls that incorporate circuit protection and operator safety.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the various types of motors including direct current and alternating current motors and single-and three-phase motors.
  2. Identify the disconnects and protective devices used in motor control circuits.
  3. Connect a control transformer for use in a motor control circuit.
  4. Interpret a control ladder logic schematic diagram to identify the components needed to construct the circuit.
  5. Connect a motor control circuit based on a control ladder logic schematic diagram and demonstrate its operation.
  6. Troubleshoot a motor reversing control circuit.
Listed Topics
Fuses and disconnects
Motor starter
Indicator light
Ladder logic
Motor contactor
Digital multimeter
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/21/2016

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