BACHELOR (vocational) Industrial Automation and Information Technology, specializing in Automated Systems and Industrial Networks

A short 1-year course for students holding an industrial DUT (2-year technical degree) or an industrial BTS (Higher National Diploma) related to industrial IT and automation.
This course focuses on elements for monitoring and archiving data and, as such, databases and monitoring tools. The course includes the C programming language and its derivatives (C++, PHP) as well as the CoDeSys industrial automation description tool.

Local industrial networks are highlighted, in both theory and practice, as students implement these networks and their interfacing.
 
  • Aims
This course was developed through exchanges between industrials and the professors from the GEII (Industrial IT and Electrical Engineering) department of the IUT (University Institute of Technology) of Tours. It became apparent that DUT GEII students did not always have the range of skills requested by industrial groups. In the cross-disciplinary field, this course provides students with: knowledge on business, management, project management, management; in the technological field: developing traceability, archiving and monitoring, which are fields that are rarely or never addressed. It has become more and more apparent that bivalence is necessary in these fields. This observation was even more obvious for specialization courses, such as BTS.

Today, automation engineers must have skills in industrial information technology (monitoring, networks), in automation (programmable automatons, µP cards) and mechanics (actuator sensors). Likewise, automation is interconnected, to the point where all production data is uploaded (archiving, traceability, maintenance and troubleshooting support).

At level II, this course aims to train students to become technicians proficient in the first 2 fields (automation and industrial information technology). I.e. automation engineers and IT engineers who have network and monitoring skills as well as automation and/or microprocessor-based system skills. Far too often, technicians who are skilled in networks and in databases come from IT backgrounds and those who are skilled in automatons, from automation backgrounds. Skills related to monitoring may be acquired through experience in one of the 2 fields or may be totally ignored depending on the initial course of studies followed.
The purpose of this professional degree is:
- for holders of a generalist course such as the VUT GEII, to reinforce their skills and develop them in the fields of automation and industrial information technology,
- for holders of a less generalist DUT or a BTS, to discover a field related to theirs and, as such, to widen their range of skills.

The activities carried out by holders of this professional degree will depend mainly on the type of business they are working in.

The range of traditional recruitment sectors (electric and electronics industries, equipment and instrumentation, energy production and transport, car manufacturing, aeronautical and airport industries, communications networks) has grown as a result of multiple applications of computerized/automated systems and communications networks and as a result of data collection and archiving.
  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught
UE11: Automated systems
Introduction to the C programming language:
* developing algorithmic methodology proficiency
* Understanding specifications and expressing them in the C language
* Implementing standard series communication interfaces with a µP target system

Introduction to automated systems
* Developing a grafcet analysis and implementing or modifying an automation application designed around programmable industrial automatons

Introduction to rapid application prototyping (RAP)
* Understanding the notion of objects
* Developing simple graphic interfaces using RAD-type software

Monitoring
* Implementing conversational terminals, embedded web servers
* Learning how to make an automaton communicate with a database, how to use monitoring software and how to implement tools for traceability
* Developing customer-specific interfaces (ergonomics, efficiency, user-friendliness)

UE12 and UE21: Industrial networks
Local industrial networks
* Techniques for transmitting data
* Network principles and classification
* Choosing, installing, configuring and using a network and a fieldbus
* Implementing different types of equipment, and a safety bus

Databases
*Setting parameters for a database management system

Ethernet
* Configuring and operating networked industrial or office IT equipment by applying the TCP/IP protocol
* Apprehending industrial Ethernet issues

Network interfacing
* Configuring and implementing a gateway between heterogeneous networks

UE13 and UE23: Cross-disciplinary knowledge
Company law, management
* Knowing the different employment agreements, compulsory declarations, employees’ status and notion of company rights
* The different company structures

Communication
* Communicating with management orally and in writing
* Running meetings, holding interviews

English
- Reading and understanding technical documents written in English
- Writing simple technical documents in English
- Describing systems and processes

Project management
* Corporate production management
* Implementing flow management
* Assessing and controlling costs

Economics and Management
* Understanding market realities
* Establishing quotes
* Industrial property rules

UE24 and UE25: Tutored projects and traineeship

* Managing an assignment autonomously
* Managing projects (specifications, schedule, costs, etc.)
* Integrating the company
* Complying with fixed objectives
* Presenting personal and/or collective work
 
  • Prerequisites
Students must be concerned by the industrial production environment, in particular they must have dealt with automation on a general level and with elements that relate to programming. Students should hold one of the following diplomas, or an equivalent: DUT GEII (Industrial IT and Electrical Engineering), R&T (Networks and Telecommunications), Informatique et GIM (IT and Industrial Engineering and Maintenance), BTS in MAI (Industrial Automation and Mechanics), IRIS (IT and Networks for Industry and Services), SE (Electronic Systems), ET (Electrical Engineering), CIRA (Industrial Control and Automatic Control), MI (Industrial Maintenance) and ATI (Technical Engineering Support), L2 in Sciences and Technologies, or equivalents that have been validated and that are related to experience.