Precision Agriculture Technology Minor

Department

Department of Industrial Technology

Dr. Athanasios Alexandrou, Chair
Industrial Technology Building, Room 212, M/S IT 9
Phone: 559.278.2145
FAX: 559.278.5081
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/indtech

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Industrial Technology, B.S.
MN in Industrial Technology, Minor
MN in Precision Agriculture Technology Minor
MS in Industrial Technology, M.S.

The Industrial Technology program at California State University, Fresno is geared towards preparing students for managerial and leadership roles in the industry. The program equips students with the necessary skills to use and manage state-of-the-art technologies in the fields of agricultural information systems, manufacturing, processing and packaging, quality systems and transportation. A blend of lectures, online instruction and hands-on lab activities together with engaged faculty and staff provides students with an environment that nurtures critical thinking and encourages innovation. The undergraduate curriculum includes technical concentrations in the areas of automotive technologies, food processing, and packaging, manufacturing quality and spatial technology which build on the strong foundations of our technology and management core courses.

The major focus of IT is to prepare individuals for technical and industrial management positions. Examples of positions held by IT graduates include plant engineer, fleet service representative, manufacturing engineer, operations supervisor, production planning analyst, production scheduling coordinator, and quality systems supervisor.

Average salaries for Fresno State IT graduates are commensurate with those offered to business managers and engineers in the Central Valley as well as in the greater Bay Area and Los Angeles areas. IT graduates typically enjoy career growth in both management and technological pathways.

The program also provides students the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and practitioners through activities organized by various professional societies such as the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); American Society of Quality (ASQ); Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE); American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE); and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Major student clubs are Advanced Technology Enterprises (ATE); Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT); and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Through participation in one or more of these groups, students learn more about their profession and interact with working professionals in their field. Internships are also available to provide on-the-job experience to interested students.

The Master of Science in Industrial Technology program offers an individually tailored program with a blend of theory and practice that provides an enriching learning experience and prepares tomorrow's professionals for exciting and rewarding careers. The graduate program includes a set of core courses and electives besides a culminating experience in the form of a project or thesis.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to prepare individuals for technical and management careers in business, industry, agriculture, and government for the improvement of regional and global economy.

Instructional Facilities

The Industrial Technology Department continues to receive equipment and financial support from a number of California-based industries. Facilities supported include the computer-aided design (CAD) lab, digital and analog electronics lab, hydraulics lab, process control/programmable logic controller lab, materials and fuels testing lab, robotics/computer numerical control (CNC)/computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) lab, motors and controls lab, and computer network lab.

 

Courses

Industrial Technology

CI 161. Mth Mtl I T

Units: 3

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - Industrial Technology

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155B. Studt Tchg I T

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 12. Basic Vehicle Systems

Design, construction, and mechanical functions of vehicle engines, fuel systems, electrical systems, power transmission, brakes, and wheel suspension; proper use and safety of tools and equipment. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 20. Technology and Society

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Critical relationship between society and technology. Technology, as it applies to contemporary issues such as technology and gender, the fate of skill and labor's power under changing conditions, technology and war, the problem of technocracy, technology and consumer culture, and technological relations to the natural environment. G.E. Breadth D3.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: D3

IT 30. Exploring Technology Systems

Survey of the Technology Systems discipline including: history (medival, apprenticeship to present), technology sub-systems (information and communications, transportation, manufactoring, construction) and relationship to other disciplines, including business, industry and education. Includes field trips to business and industrial facilities. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours; filed trips)

Units: 3

IT 41. Industrial Design Graphics

Application of the fundamentals of industrial design graphics. Sketching, lettering, orthographic projection, working drawings, auxiliary views, dimensioning, developments, pictorial drawings, duplication; interrelationship to the design process. Introduction to CAD. (6 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 45. Industrial Technology Exhibits and Competitions

Provides a structure for students to be involved in various industrial technology exhibits and competitions, industrial technology research and development, project management, and team work. CR/NC grading only. (6 lab hours) (Formerly I T 145)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 52. Electricity and Electronics

(IT 52 same as MEAG 53.) Introduction to electricity including fundamentals of electrostatics, alternating and direct current electrical circuits, electrical calculations, magnetics, circuit applications, electrical measuring, and test equipment. Schematics and wiring diagrams, standards, and codes. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) ( Course fee, $5)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 58. Applied Computer Networking I

Internet, intranet, local area network concepts, protocols, architectures, and implementation issues. Data communication in office technology and manufacturing automation. (2 lecture, 4 lab hours) (Field trips) (Formerly IT 158)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 63. Applied Computer Networking II

Prerequisite: IT 58. Understanding complex networks, such as IP, IPX, Frame Relay and ISDN. An analysis of the technology used to increase bandwidth and quicken network response times. Network security, global intranet, custom queuing, and routed priority services. (2 lecture, 4 lab hours; field trips) (Formerly IT 163)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 71. Metallurgical Processes

(MEAG 50 same as IT 71.) Fundamentals of metallurgy; properties and characteristics of metals; survey of metal welding processes, equipment, and procedures; theory-discussion and laboratory experience in oxygen-fuel welding, cutting, brazing, and shielded metallic arc welding. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Course fee, $50)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 74. Manufacturing Processes

Study of how consumer and industrial products are manufactured, focusing on how raw materials (primarily metal and plastic) are changed into finished products. Topics include production processes of material addition, forming, casting, removal, separation, assembly, and finishing. (2lecture, 2 lab hours) (Course fee, $7)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 80. Wood Processing Technology

Wood properties, materials, finishing; hand, portable electric, and machine tool processing; design, production planning; safety, adhesives, and cutting principles; machine design and use. (6 lab hours) (Course fee, $10)

Units: 3

IT 92. Safety Management

Principles of safety management in an industrial and agricultural environment; safety legislation and programs; management/supervisory and employee responsibilities and attitudes; physical hazards associated with chemicals, equipment, fire, compressed gases; other topics include eye, stress, drugs, lifting office, and noise safety.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 102. Industrial Computer Concepts and Applications

Introduction to computer systems hardware and software, operating system basics and installation, computer maintenance and troubleshooting (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 103. Network Operating Systems

Prerequisite: IT 102. Introduction to multiuser, multitasking network operating systems. Characteristics of the Linux, Windows 2000, NT, and XP network operating systems. Installation procedures, security issues, back up procedures and remote access. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3

IT 104. Product Design

Prerequisite: IT 114 and IT 115. Elements, principles, and methods of design. Emphasis will be placed on the development of models and prototypes with attention to standard components, productivity, and packaging. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 106. Energy Conversion and Utilization

Fundamental sources of energy, including the following energy conversion systems: direct mechanical, external combustion, internal combustion, solar power, wind power, electrical and atomic sys tems. Experiments and demonstrations. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 107. Facilities Planning and Materials Handling

Facility planning techniques as applied to facility location, zoning, building codes, line balancing, shipping-receiving, offices, material handling, storage, project scheduling, and computerized layout.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 110. Fluid Power

Selective study of fluid power principles and applications; hydraulics, pneumatics, and vacuum; includes pumps, controls, transmission systems, actuators, and fluidics. In-depth study of air conditioning-heating theory and applications. (6 lab hours; field trips) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 3

IT 112. Industrial Process Control Systems I

Prerequisite: IT 52. Process control principles; components and principles; transducers, actuators, sensors, and instrumentation; computer interface software, terminologies, standards, and trends in control technologies. Programmable logic controller principles, hardware, and software. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3

IT 114. Industrial Materials

Chemical and physical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites. Atomic structure and phases of matter emphasizing crystalline and amorphous solids. Me chanical properties, strength and testing of materials including impact, hardness, and tensile. Metallographic, microscopic inspection of electronic, and metallic specimen. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 115. Design and Documentation Systems

IT 41 recommended prior to enrollment. Design and documentation systems used in business and industry CAD principles and applications product development process, design process management, design review, concurrent engineering value analysis. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 116. Applied Visual Programming

Contemporary computer language used for programming automated systems and controls applied to manufacturing and precision agriculture; basic concepts on structural programming, object-oriented language, programming mechanics, user interface development, and web-based applications. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3

IT 117. Quality Assurance

Prerequisites: DS 73 or Math 11. Quality assurance principles and practices in industry: quality assurance systems, acceptance sampling, testing, source surveillance; probability and statistical concepts, process control techniques and measurement procedures as applied to quality.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 118. Production Operations

A survey of production manufacturing operations: quality assurance, work sampling, testing, time and motion study; routing, scheduling, and inventory control; flow processes, material handling, and automation. (Field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 120. Vehicle Engine Systems

Prerequisites: IT 12, IT 52 or concurrently. Advanced study of vehicle engines and support systems. Includes engine theory, fuel and electrical systems, turbochargers, LPG, diesel, computerized emission and engine controls, and dynamometer testing analysis. (6 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 121. Automotive Engine Machining

Prerequisites: IT 12, IT 74. Advanced study of automotive engine machining including precision measurements, principles of engine operation, machining of engine components, crack detection, assembly procedures, lubricating and cooling systems. (6 lab hours; field trips) (Course fee, $6)

Units: 3

IT 127. Vehicle Design and Development

Design and mechanical development of vehicles for intercollegiate competition events. Students will select one or more vehicle research projects: innovative future fuels, supermileage, mini baja, for mula, aero design, walking robot. (6 lab hours)

Units: 3-6
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 129. Vehicle Diagnostic Procedures

Prerequisites: IT 12, IT 52 or concurrently. Laboratory study and analysis of mechanical, electrical, and computer control problems. Technical reports. (6 lab hours) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 131. Automated Systems I

Prerequisite: IT 52. Number systems, Boolean logic, and fundamentals of digital devices; basic applications of logic devices in computers and control systems. (2lecture, 2 lab hours; field trips) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

IT 133. Industrial Process Control Systems II

Prerequisites: IT 52. Programmable logic controller principles and equipment; programming languages, procedures, and documentation; equipment and software selection and application. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 134. Computer-Aided Manufacturing Systems I

Prerequisite: IT 74. Study, analysis, and evaluation of robotics systems. APT programming language for numerical control and application languages for robots. Use of robot vision and the geometry of computer vision applications. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 137. International Quality Standards

Prerequisite: IT 117. ISO 9000 and related international quality systems. Implementation process. Conformance standards, quality system requirements, and the registration and audit processes.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 146. Multimedia Development

Integration of a variety of media types: graphics, animation, digital video, and sound. Emphasis placed on development and creation of multimedia as applied to various CAD/CAM projects, the process of bringing live interactivity to the Internet, Web page development, and desktop publishing. (Formerly IT 191T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 147. Advanced CAD Applications

148. Project Planning and Control (3) Prerequisites: IT 115. CAD as a tool to facilitate design activities. An overview of design processes and methods. Solid modeling techniques are introduced. A team approach in system design is emphasized. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 148. Project Management and Control

Project management process and tools, planning, scheduling, organizing, and controlling projects. Project planning and control using qualitative and quantitative methods. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 156. Automated Systems II

Prerequisite: IT 52. Study and analysis of the characteristics and industrial applications of electric/hydraulic/pneumatic motor control. Special emphasis on programmable, solid state, and electromechanical motor controllers for applications in manufacturing and agriculture. (1 lecture, 4 lab hours; field trips) (Course fee, $4)

Units: 3

IT 164. Router and Internetworking I

Prerequisite: IT 63. Implementation of appropriate technologies to build a scalable routed network. Build campus networks using multilayer switching technologies, improve traffic flow, reliability, redundancy, and performance for campus LAN's, routed and switched WAN's, and remote access networks. (2 lecture, 4 lab hours)

Units: 4

IT 165. Router and Internetworking II

Prerequisite: IT 164. Create and deploy a global internet. Toubleshoot an environment that uses routers and switches for multiprotocal client hosts and services. Addresses those tasks that network managers and administrators need to perform in managing access and controlling overhead traffic over LANs, and WANs. Connecting corporate networks to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) (2 lecture, 4 lab hours)

Units: 4

IT 184. Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Prerequisite: IT 74. Production processing, using metallic and nonmetallic materials, including product design, work cells, tooling, capacity planning, material handling, scheduling and flow chart. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours; field trips) (Course fee, $10)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 186. Applied Spatial Technology

Survey of geo-spatial technologies, e.g. geographical-information-system and global positioning system. Applications of GIS/GPS, remote sensing, imaging technology and geo-database in fields of logistics, agriculture and business. Spatial information management for precision agriculture, agriculture business, food system and public policy.

Units: 3

IT 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 191T. Technical Topics in Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Investigation and analysis of selected subjects in industrial technology. (2-6 lab hours)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

IT 191T. Fleet and Auto Shop Management

Modern principles and processes used to manage fleet/aumotive repair operations, including equipment acquisition, life cycle management, preventative maintenance, technician management, computer/technology use, parts inventorying/purchasing and operational performance monitoring.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

IT 194. Cooperative Education in Industrial Technology

Prerequisites: courses appropriate to the work experience; permission of department cooperative education coordinator; junior standing. Integration of work experience with academic program, individually planned through program adviser. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

IT 196. Senior Seminar

Prerequisite: senior standing. Exploration of technology systems management trends and preparation for employment or further study in technical fields. Technology forecasting, orientation to professional certifications, employment correspondence, and interview techniques. Letter grading only.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 198W. Technical Writing

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion (C or better) of the ENGL 5B or ENGL 10 graduation requirement; to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units are completed. Preparation of technical reports, research proposals, specifications, resumes, and correspondence using effective writing techniques, formats, and styles. Meets upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 199. Senior Problem in Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: successful completion of Upper-Division Writing Exam or I T 198W. Approved problem or research project, with seminar, in the area of the student's option and emphasis. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

IT 223. Management of New Technology

Study of the developmental history of technology and its impact on people and their institutions. Topics focus on the consequences of rapid technological changes as they relate to adoption, implementation, management strategies, and social issues.

Units: 3

IT 280. Research Methodology

Prerequisites: MATH 11 or DS 73. Seminar in research procedures in industrial education an dtechnology; basic bibliography, research form and methods.

Units: 3

IT 282. Advanced Communication Concepts and Visual Presentations

Preparation and use of agendas, memoranda, business letters, electronic mail, fax communications. Video development and slide and transparency preparation and the incorpora tion of these media into presentations. Interview technique, resume evaluations, dictation skills, professional relations with personnel, business etiquette.

Units: 3

IT 283. Advanced Materials and Processes

Prerequisite: IT 114. Chemical and physical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. The atomic structure and phases of matter emphasizing crystalline and amorphous solids. Materials technology of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and advanced composited are stressed.

Units: 3

IT 284T. Topics in Industrial Technology

Advanced study in technical areas; current industrial practices, developments and trends related to design, materials, and processes.

Units: 2-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

IT 284T. Advanced Applied Visual Programming

This graduate-level topics course will cover advanced visual programming concepts such as designing and developing web-based and mobile applications for data collection and analysis with emphasis on agricultural sector including farm management, food processing and production.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 9 units

IT 285. Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Prerequisites: IT 115. A comprehensive study of modern manufacturing systems. Topics include plant layout, material control and transfer, operations measurement, transfer lines, CNC and DNC, machine tool network, computer-integrated manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, group technology, robotics, and manual assembly systems.

Units: 3

IT 286. Applied Spatial Technology

Survey of geo-spatial technologies, e.g. geographical-information-system and global positioning system. Applications of GIS/GPS, remote sensing, imaging technology and geo-database in fields of logistics, agriculture and business. Spatial information management for precision agriculture, agriculture business, food system and public policy.

Units: 3

IT 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

IT 298. Project

Prerequisites: IT 280; prior advancement to candidacy. Completion of an approved project appropriate to the candidate's area of specialization involving the development of a physical prototype or other similar professional problem-solving activity with extensive written documentation. Abstract required. Approved for RP grading

Units: 2-4

IT 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: IT 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

IT 299. Thesis

Prerequisites: I T 280; prior advancement to candidacy. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for SP grading.

Units: 2-4

IT 299C. Thesis Cont

Pre-requisite: IT 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

Requirements

Minor in Precision Agriculture Technology

The minor in Precision Agriculture Technology consists of 15 units, which includes IT 52, IT 116, IT 156, IT 186 courses and one of IT 190, IT 194 or IT 199 independent activity. The minor provides students with the necessary skills in basic electricity and electronics, sensors and controls, applied programming, and geo-spatial technology for site-specific crop management in agriculture.

Note: The Precision Ag Technology minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.

Semester 1 (6 units)
IT 52, IT 116

Semester 2 (6 units)
IT 156, IT 186

Semester 3 (3 units)
IT 190, or IT 194, or IT 199
Choice of topic must be related to the minor.

Faculty

The faculty are well qualified within their respective areas of instruction and each student is assigned an academic adviser within his or her field of study. The department is recognized for its diversification of faculty representing the makeup of professionals that must interact in the field. Several are recognized for outstanding contributions and leadership within their professions.

Name Degree Email Phone
Alexandrou, Athanasios Doctor of Philosophy aalexandrou@csufresno.edu 559.278.8824
Au, Tony M Doctor of Philosophy tonya@csufresno.edu 559.278.4102
Austin, Darnell P Master of Science daustin@csufresno.edu 559.278.6494
Machoian, Ken B Doctorate of Education kmachoian@csufresno.edu 559.278.2920
Mahalik, Nitaigour Doctor of Philosophy nmahalik@csufresno.edu 559.278.2995
Mooneyham, David E Master of Science dmooneyham@csufresno.edu
Nambiar, Arun N Doctor of Philosophy anambiar@csufresno.edu 559.278.1443
Owens, Larry D Doctor of Philosophy lowens@csufresno.edu
Schaad, James Master of Business Admin jschaad@csufresno.edu
Sethuramasamyraja, Balaji Doctor of Philosophy balajis@csufresno.edu 559.278.2333
Simonian, Nick J Master of Science nsimonian@csufresno.edu
Walls, William A Bachelor of Science wwalls@csufresno.edu
Yen, Matthew M Doctor of Philosophy matthewy@csufresno.edu 559.278.4201
Zhang, Daming Doctor of Philosophy dazhang@csufresno.edu 559.278.1442