AEST Department Minor Requirements

AEST Department Minors

A minor is Applied Engineering & Technology or Occupational Safety may be granted to students in any major who complete an option of six courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the minor sequence. All minors consist of 18 credits of required and elective courses. Students may choose course work in technical options based upon career objectives or personal interest. Please explore the minors offered by the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department below. 

Requirements by Minor

Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing is the largest sector in Pennsylvania’s economy and currently there are over 565,000 people employed in manufacturing positions throughout the Commonwealth. The Advanced Manufacturing option will provide you with significant experiences in material processing and manufacturing processes. A minor in Advanced Manufacturing Technology gives students a technical skill set that can be highly valued in industry. Skills such as Computer Numerical Machining and Materials Science are highly sought after by many companies.

Required Courses:
ITEC 130: Production Materials & Processes
ITEC 241: Drafting Communications
ITEC 271: Processing Nonmetallic Materials
ITEC 281: Processing Metallic Materials
Select TWO of the following three:
ITEC 375: Polymer & Ceramic Technology
ITEC 376: Wood Technology
ITEC 382: CNC Machining

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

Those who work in computer-aided drafting use their skills to create two- and three-dimensional computer drawings for various industries. This minor provides practical laboratory experiences using advanced 2D and 3D CAD applications. The coursework provides an introduction to manufacturing processes and design of products, architecture, and machine tools where collaborative projects enhance problem-solving and analytical skills. The technical course offerings are from the computer-aided drafting and design concentration.

Required Course:
ITEC 241: Drafting Communications
Select FIVE of the following:
ITEC 130: Production Materials & Processes
ITEC 243: Technical Sketching, Design & Rendering
ITEC 245: Descriptive Geometry
ITEC 342: Computer Aided Engineering Drawing
ITEC 344: Product Design, R&D
ITEC 345: Statics & Strength of Materials
ITEC 346: Architectural Drawing & Design
ITEC 446: Computer-Aided Drafting & Design R&D
ITEC 448: Machine Tool Design

Construction Technology

The Construction Technology minor is intended for students interested in careers and programs related to the construction industry including Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical, Civil Engineering, and Business Administration. This minor will enhance the understanding of the design-build process and make students more competent participants in the increasingly complex construction business environment.
 
Construction Technology minor students complete six technical courses. Four of these are foundational classes in safety, materials processing, and computer-aided drafting & design. Students then select two technical courses focused specifically in construction technologies.

Required Courses:
ITEC 130: Production Materials & Processes
ITEC 241: Drafting Communications
ITEC 271: Processing Nonmetallic Materials
OSEH 120: Safety, Health & Environmental Issues
Select TWO of the following three:
ITEC 331: Construction Technology I
ITEC 332: Construction Technology II
ITEC 346: Architectural Drawing & Design

Control Systems Technology

The Controls Systems Technology minor requires students to complete six courses from the offerings in the Robotics & Controls Systems (RCS) concentration. Three of these courses are core RCS classes: Electronic Systems, Semiconductor Electronics, and Power Conversion & Control. To complete the minor, students must choose three additional courses from nine options including: Production Materials & Processes, Drafting Communications, Fluid Power, Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing, Digital Electronics, Industrial Robotic Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, Wireless Communication Systems, and Mobile Electronics. A Control Systems minor can help students become knowledgeable about, and skilled in, practices involved in controls engineering technology.

Required Courses:
ITEC 261: Electronic Systems
ITEC 262: Semiconductor Electronics
ITEC 325: Power Conversion & Control
Select THREE of the following courses:
ITEC 130: Production Materials & Processes
ITEC 241: Drafting Communications
ITEC 326: Fluid Power
ITEC 342: Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing
ITEC 364: Digital Electronics
ITEC 425: Industrial Robotic Systems
ITEC 427: Programmable Logic Controllers
ITEC 466: Wireless Communication Systems
ITEC 467: Mobile Robotic Systems

General Applied Engineering & Technology

The General Track option is the most flexible of all minors offered within the AEST department. It is built from a foundation of three broad-based introductory technical courses that provide students with a basic technical background in various technologies. After completing these three courses students are able to choose three more advanced technical courses offered within the department. This provides students with the opportunity to concentrate in a specific area such as material processing, manufacturing, communications or automation, or take a variety of courses from different areas to customize your minor for your own specific needs and interests. Perhaps you plan to start your own business and you would like to know more about desktop publishing and web publishing? Perhaps you would like to enhance your skills in technical areas like machining or woodworking or computer-aided drafting & design?  Whatever your desire, your minor advisor will work with you to ensure that you take the most appropriate courses necessary to meet your personal needs.

Required Courses:
ITEC 110: Communications & Information Systems
ITEC 120: Energy, Power, Transportation
ITEC 130: Production Materials & Processes
Elective Courses:
ITEC 2XX: 200 level or higher ITEC lab course
ITEC 3XX: 300 level or higher ITEC lab course
ITEC 3XX: 300 level or higher ITEC lab course

Graphic Communication Technology

The Graphic Communication minor requires students to complete six courses from among the course offerings in the Graphic Communication (GC) concentration. Three of these courses are core GC classes: Communication & Information Systems, Print Media Systems, and Web Publishing & Interactive Media. To complete the minor, students must choose three additional courses from six options including: Digital Imaging, Contemporary Printing, Desktop Publishing, Packaging & Specialty Printing, R&D in Graphic Communication, and Print Production Management & Cost Estimating. A Graphic Communication minor can help students become knowledgeable about, and skilled in, practices involved in printing, packaging, publishing and other graphic communication industries.

Required Courses:
ITEC 110: Communication & Information Systems
ITEC 251: Print Media Systems
ITEC 252: Web Publishing & Interactive Media
Select THREE of the following courses:
ITEC 351: Digital Imaging
ITEC 355: Contemporary Printing
ITEC 356: Desktop Publishing R&D
ITEC 357: Packaging & Specialty Printing
ITEC 455: Research & Development in Graphic Communications
ITEC 457: Print Production & Cost Estimating

Occupational Safety

The OSEH minor is designed for persons interested in the safety and environmental health professions. This minor places emphasis on the core studies in the technical and managerial aspects of occupational safety and health. The six core courses required to complete the minor will provide you with sufficient technical skills to function in any safety and health role. Graduates of this program typically work as safety and health managers, loss-control consultants, compliance officers and environmental safety specialists. The OSEH minor should be an attribute to majors in biology, business administration, chemistry, applied engineering & technology management, political science and nursing. A minor in OSEH will enable you to function in multiple roles in your professional career if you so wish to.

Required Courses:
OSEH 120: Safety, Health & Environmental Issues
OSEH 220: Legal Aspects 
OSEH 221: Fire Prevention & Control
OSEH 320: Safety Engineering Principles
OSEH 323: Human Factors
OSEH 410: OSH Program Management

 

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  • AEST Graduates Are...

    With an AEST degree, you could have an exciting career as a...

    • STEM Educator
    • Control System Specialist
    • Industrial Trainer
    • Product Designer
    • CADD Draftsman/Estimator
    • Senior Quality Analyst
    • Product Design Engineer
    • CNC Programmer
    • Validation Specialist
    • Graphic Layout Designer
    • Account Representative
    • Industrial Control Designer
    • Technology & Engineering Teacher
    • Graphic Services Coordinator
    • Safety Inspector
    • Fire Safety Coordinator
    • Corporate Safety Officer
    • Innovations Manager
    • Process Flow Engineer
    • Design Engineer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Industrial Hygienist

    ...and much, much more!