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General Technology

SAU Tech offers the A.A.S. in General Technology along with four emphasis tracks within the General Technology degree: mechanical maintenance, automated and robotic engineering, supply chain management, and welding process specialist.

The General Technology degree allows you the flexibility to design a program of technical coursework that meets your current or future employment needs. All four emphasis track areas prepare you to enter the workforce as specialized technicians to work at various levels in a manufacturing setting to provide the support and management needed to keep machines and production operations running smoothly. In addition, all four tracks transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics: Industrial Technology Option degree at SAU.

Automated & Robotic Engineering

Automated and robotic technology in today’s workplace calls for individuals who are highly skilled in automated machine programming, operation, and problem solving. The engineering program prepares technicians who troubleshoot, wire, repair, maintain, program, and control large automated and robotic systems found in industrial and manufacturing Industries worldwide. Program content is based on industrial robotic certification modules through FANUCRobotic, the world’s largest manufacturer of robotic equipment and software. Whether it is diagnosing and quickly solving problems so production flow is maintained or assisting engineers in the development and modification of new and existing designs, you will be prepared for a career that is set to grow as technology advances.

Electronics & Instrumentation Emphasis*

The Electronics & Instrumentation program will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an entry-level position as an instrumentation technician. Instrumentation and controls technicians install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and replace process control equipment used in the production field, and ensure environmental protection, safety, and cost-effective operations. Instrumentation and control technicians work in any of a number of different industries such as chemical, petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing, hospital/medical equipment, construction, and many others.

*This program is pending approval by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

HVAC Technician Emphasis

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and factories. Employment in this trade is expected to grow 34% by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rising demand for trained technicians will result in excellent employment opportunities. The HVAC Technician program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely install, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC-R equipment used in the home and light commercial applications.

*This program is pending approval by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Mechanical Maintenance

Industrial maintenance is a rapidly changing field as industry makes high-tech advances into the 21st century. The Mechanical Maintenance Technology program was developed in partnership between SAU Tech and maintenance professionals from local area industries to address this trend. This program prepares the student for entry into the general industrial maintenance field. Courses provide skills in basic electrical circuits, electric motor controls, machining, welding, fluid power, welding, maintenance management, predictive maintenance, quality control, and production planning. Most courses involve hands-on experience with up-to-date, high-technology equipment found in current manufacturing operations. As part of the curriculum, students have the opportunity to receive OSHA, Forklift, and NCCER Core certifications recognized world-wide by potential employers.

Production Technician

The Production Technician (CPT) program provides skills-based training that leads to demonstrative mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the certification program is to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

The CPT program consists of five individual courses and certificate modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness. Candidates must earn the first four individual certificates to receive the full Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) CPT certification.

Attending full-time, a student can complete the program in one semester, while SAU Tech Career Academy high school and part-time students can finish in two semesters. Upon completion, students earn a 12 credit hour technical certificate and are eligible to take the MSSC certification exams.

Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the areas of logistics, inventory control, materials management, distribution, and operations management. Students will learn purchasing, material handling, warehousing, product management, storage and distribution, and inventory control. The field of logistics management includes occupations such as supervisors and/or managers of transportation, storage, and/or distribution; helpers, laborers, and/or hand material movers; transportation/machine and vehicle material movers; and freight forwarding. By focusing on efficiency, logistics managers reduce costs in many areas and add value to the bottom line. Students have the opportunity to be certified by MSSC as a Certified Logistic Technician as well as certification in enterprise software management by learning logistics software used by local employers in the movement, storage, control, and information flow of product.

Welding Process Specialist

Welding Processes is a complex engineering discipline that involves aspects of welding techniques, procedures, application of welding to problems involving materials science, design, inspection, fabrication of metals, production specifications, planning, and engineering principles. The welding process specialist establishes welding procedures to guide production and welding personnel in the manufacturing environment, including the evaluation of new developments in the welding field for possible application to current welding problems or production processes. This program builds on the skills obtained on the technical certificate earned in the SAU Tech Welding Academy. The Welding Process Specialist emphasis at SAU Tech will transfer to SAU’s engineering physics program and is one of only two such programs in the United States leading to a career in welding engineering.