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MECT 1500 - Control Systems

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ELEC 1141  and ELEC 1151 

This course provides concepts, terminology, and understanding of control systems used in industrial mechatronics systems. Topics studied include motors, motor controllers and drives, industrial control components, circuits and devices, power control components, advanced sensors and optoelectronics, methods and applications of industrial process control,  Course material and troubleshooting techniques will be learned through a combination of lecture and laboratory projects.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to construct operational amplifier and linear integrated circuits used in industrial automation equipment.


  1. Identify operational amplifiers (op amps) circuit configurations.
  2. List various types of linear integrated circuit applications.
  3. Describe the function of a triac-output optocoupler.
  4. Apply a zero-voltage switch.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to select the correct motor for an application.


  1. Describe wound-field DC motors.
  2. Describe generators.
  3. Describe brushless motors.
  4. Describe stepper DC motors.
  5. Describe AC motors.
  6. Describe servo motors.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explain industrial control and power control devices, circuits, and components.


  1. Identify industrial control devices.
  2. Describe industrial control applications.
  3. Demonstrate proper wiring of a power control circuit.  
  4. Tune a power control circuit.
  5. Describe optoelectronic applications.
  6. Tune a pulse width modulation circuit.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to troubleshoot electronic sensor circuits.


  1. Describe the different types of electronic sensors.
  2. Demonstrate proper installation an electronic sensor.
  3. Align an electronic sensor.
  4. Troubleshoot an electronic sensor.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Operational Amplifiers (Op Amps)
    1. Define op amps and their various functions
    2. Describe the function of a logarithmic amplifier
    3. Describe the function of active filters
    4. Define op amps supplies and applications
    5. Describe the function of op amp voltage regulators
    6. Describe the function of sample-and-hold circuits
  2. Linear Integrated Circuits
    1. Define Voltage-to-Frequency Conversion
    2. Define Frequency-to-Voltage Conversion
    3. Define Digital-to-Analog (D/A) Conversion (DAC)
    4. Describe the function of Binary-Weighted Ladder DAC
    5. Describe the function of R-2R ladder DAC
    6. Describe the function of counting ADC
    7. Describe the function of successive-approximation ADC
    8. Define analog switches
    9. Define sourcing and sinking ICs
  3. Wound-Field DC Motors and Generators
    1. Define the basic principles of DC generators
    2. Describe AC and DC generators
    3. Describe Coils, Poles, and Electromagnetic Poles
    4. Describe Generator Voltage Equations
    5. Define DC Motor and Ideal DC Machine
    6. Describe Torque and the DC Motor Torque Equation
    7. Describe Counter EMF in the Motor and Counter Torque in the Generator
    8. Describe Line Voltage configurations; Series, Shunt, and their Comparisons
    9. Define motor control techniques
    10. Describe Characteristic Curves for Standard, Separately Excited, and Compound Motors
    11. Describe motor controlling, starting, stopping, and reversing
  4. Brushless and Stepper DC Motors
    1. Define Permanent-Magnet (PM) Motors
    2. Define PM Motor Classification and Characteristics
    3. Describe Conventional PM Motors, Moving-Coil Motors, and Torque Motors
    4. Define Brushless DC Motor (BDCM)
    5. Describe the Construction and Operation of BDCMs
    6. Describe the advantages, disadvantages, and applications of BDCMs
    7. Define stepper motor (SM)
    8. Describe Permanent Magnet (PM) and stepper motors
    9. Describe stepper operation modes and stepper motor drivers
    10. Describe stepper excitation modes, load Torque, and Inertia
    11. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of SMs
    12. Describe the basics of incremental encoders
    13. Describe the basics and advantages of absolute encoders 
  5. AC Motors
    1. Define Single-Phase and Three-Phase AC Motors
    2. Describe Wye and Delta Connected Systems
    3. Describe AC Motor Classification, Construction, and Characteristics
    4. Define Universal Motor
    5. Define the Principle of a Rotating Magnetic Field
    6. Define Induction Motor (IM)
    7. Describe Speed Regulation, Power Factor, and Efficiency
    8. Describe Squirrel-Cage Induction Motor (SCIM)
    9. Define Wound-Rotor Motor
    10. Describe synchronous motor operation and construction
  6. Industrial Control Devices
    1. Define Manually Operated Switches
    2. Describe the operation of various switches
    3. Describe Manual Motor Starters
    4. Define Solenoids and Electromagnetic Relays (EMRS)
    5. Describe the function of overload relays
    6. Describe Thyristors, Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers (SCRs), Triacs, and DIACs
    7. Define Thyristor Triggering
    8. Describe Solid State Relay (SSR) Triggering
  7. Power Control Circuits
    1. Define Phase Control
    2. Define Zero-Voltage Switching
    3. Describe DC Motor, Phase, Chopper, Full-Bridge, Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM), Closed-Loop Speed, and Stepper Motor Control
    4. Describe Universal AC Motor Speed Control and Adjustable-Frequency AC Drives
    5. Describe safety and preventive maintenance techniques for power control circuitry
  8. Advanced Sensors and Transducers
    1. Define
    2. Describe the function of various sensors
      1. Temperature
      2. Humidity
      3. Displacement
      4. Stress
      5. Strain
      6. Magnetic
      7. Pressure
      8. Fluid Flow
      9. Liquid Level Sensors Displacement
      10. Acceleration Transducers
      11. Hall Effect Devices
      12. Magneto-resistors
  9. Optoelectronics
    1. Define the Nature of Light and Optoelectronics
    2. Define Electronic Light Emitters
    3. Describe Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
    4. Define Electronic Light Receivers/Detectors
    5. Describe Photovoltaic and Photoemissive Transducers
  10. Industrial Process Control
    1. Define the characteristics of process control
    2. Describe open-loop and closed-loop process control
    3. Describe on-off and proportional control
    4. Describe Proportional Plus Integral, Proportional Plus Derivative, and Proportional Plus Integral and Derivative Control
    5. Define Process Controllers
    6. Describe Electric, Synchros, Servos, and Pneumatic Controllers 
  11. Pulse Modulation
    1. Define Pulse Communication and Modulation Types
    2. Define Analog and Digital Pulse Modulation
    3. Describe Pulse-Amplitude (PAM), Pulse-Width (PWM), Pulse-Position (PPM), and Pulse-Frequency (PFM) Modulation
  12. Tachometer Measurement Techniques
    1. Demonstrate how to build an Infrared Tachometer Probe
    2. Demonstrate how to calibrate and troubleshoot an Infrared Tachometer Probe
    3. Demonstrate how to provide feedback for motor control
    4. Demonstrate how to test and verify proper tachometer output signals 
  13. Stepper Motor Control
    1. Demonstrate proper construction of Stepper Motor Control circuitry
    2. Demonstrate proper speed and direction control for a stepper motor
    3. Demonstrate how to calculate and measure step angle
    4. Demonstrate proper troubleshooting techniques for Stepper Motors
  14. Triac-Output Optocoupler
    1. Demonstrate how to construct a Triac-Output Optocoupler circuit
    2. Demonstrate proper measurement and calibration techniques of the Triac-Output Optocoupler
    3. Demonstrate how to interface the Triac-Output Optocoupler with other electronic control circuitry
  15. Integrated Circuit Temperature Sensor
    1. Demonstrate how to construct Integrated Circuit Temperature Control circuits
    2. Demonstrate temperature scale conversions
    3. Demonstrate how to test IC temperature circuits
    4. Demonstrate how to plot Temperature data into charts and graphs
  16. Light-Sensitive Transducers
    1. Demonstrate proper circuit construction techniques for Photoresistors, Photovoltaic Cells, Phototransistors, and Photodiodes
    2. Demonstrate how to test and measure the output response from Photoresistors, Photovoltaic Cells, Phototransistors, and Photodiodes
  17. Inductive Proximity Sensors
    1. Demonstrate proper circuit interface techniques of Proximity Sensors
    2. Demonstrate how to measure and record responses from Proximity Sensors
    3. Demonstrate how to test and calibrate output responses from Proximity Sensors 
  18. Hall Effect Transducers
    1. Demonstrate proper circuit interface techniques of Hall Effect Transducers
    2. Demonstrate how to measure and record responses from Hall Effect Transducers
    3. Demonstrate how to test and calibrate output responses from Hall Effect Transducers

Primary Faculty
Dulinski, Kenneth
Secondary Faculty
Seger, Jennifer
Associate Dean
Thero, Laura
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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