Motor Controls Syllabus for 2021-2022
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IEIR-1310-001 Motor Controls


Prerequisite: IEIR 1312 - minimum grade of C

Course Description

General principles and fundamentals of electrical controls and control components including magnetic motor starters, troubleshooting techniques, overload protection and various protective devices, relay logic, schematics and diagrams.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 2 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



Published by Sequoia
ISBN #1-885071-29-9
5th Edition
Published by American Technical Publishers
ISBN #978-0-8269-1226-8


Tool kits purchased for ELPT-1311 and INMT-1305 (wire cutters and strippers) are required plus the following:

Fuse Puller

Three Ring Binder 3/4 - 1"

Straight Edge

Graph Paper

Multi-meter with clamp on ammeter

Technical Screw Driver set

Colored Pencils (Optional)

*Handles and shanks should be insulated when possible
Substitutions and combinations of items are up to individuals
All tools should be marked for identification!

Student Performance


Motor Controls

  1. Analyze schematics and relay logic functions.
  2. Sketch and construct magnetic solenoid circuits as specified.
  3. Sketch, construct, operate, and troubleshoot circuit with motor, motor starter, and control devices.
  4. Sketch, construct, operate, and troubleshoot overload protection circuit to comply with all specifications.
  5. Demonstrate proper and safe troubleshooting practices.
  6. Sketch circuit and construct pushbutton and selector switches to operate as specified.
  7. Select and size relays and conductors.
  8. Demonstrate proper wiring practices.
  9. Select and size control circuit components.
  10. Select and size line voltage components.
  11. Determine proper power source.


The student will be able to troubleshoot magnetic solenoids, magnetic motor starters, overload protection devices, various industrial pushbuttons and selector switches, and analyze relay logic functions.

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Expected Student Behavior


Shop Policy
Read safety handouts provided, use common sense, maintain safe shop practices, keep your Lab clean, and orderly. Keep all safety shields/guards, and equipment in place at all times. Notify your Instructor of faulty wiring/equipment, worn or damaged tools, or missing parts. No horseplay is allowed whatsoever. Academic disciplinary measures will be promptly administered to offending person(s). Please help the Instructor to maintain order so that he can be free to use your time for more effective teaching, and less time housekeeping. We all can enjoy the benefits of an effective and conducive learning environment. Remember to use your safety glasses when entering the shop area. Always perform proper Lock-out / Tag-out.
Tools, Equipment, and Clothing
Students shall wear appropriate clothing to perform any work task assigned. Tools and equipment specified for this class and any recommended preliminary class in the Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation curriculum are to be furnished by the student. Failure to dress for work or bring needed equipment may count as an absence. All tools should be properly used and cared for, thus allowing for longevity and safety of both the user and the tool.

Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct


Amarillo College has the responsibility to provide you with the education, training and "hands on" practice to become a professional in your chosen field.  The instruction, equipment, facilities and apparatus are provided for your use.  Studying, practicing and learning are required by you.


As a participating student in Amarillo College Technical Programs, you will be expected to act, perform and train in a professional manner.  The following rules and guidelines are to be followed by everyone.




Unless it is an emergency, it is highly recommended that you do not miss class. Recovery of missed information will be the responsibility of the student. Class begins at the scheduled time. If you are not in your seat in class or at the designated location during laboratory exercises, you will be counted as tardy. The student will be required to show an acceptable understanding of the topic(s) covered during their absence . Check syllabus for your instructor's policy regarding attendance.


Professional Attire:


Every student will be required to wear an approved AC logo shirt to both class and lab. Shirts must be ordered through your advisor during the registration period. It is recommended that each student purchase one shirt for every class in which they are registered.


Pants will be:


  • clean and well maintained
  • no large rips or tears
  • held at the waist (i.e no sagging)
  • blue jeans or long pants  (no sweats/exercise pants)
  • have no hanging chains/loose strings (safety issue)


You are expected to reflect the dignity, pride and respectfulness of an industry professional.  As a representative of Amarillo College's Technical Education Program you shall wear your AC logo shirt while in the classroom and on the training field or in the laboratory .


There will be no caps, hats, bandanas, beanies, or hoods allowed to be worn in the building. Lab attire will be determined by your instructor . Please check your syllabus .


Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shall be worn when indicated by the instructor in charge during any training, field, or laboratory exercises .  It is your responsibility to keep your equipment clean and in good shape.


Required professional attire is mandatory for class and laboratory participation .




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You must show up to class with the required list of tools/equipment/books/supplies/PPE listed on your syllabus in order to be allowed to participate and earn credit for the day.




Due to the importance of maintaining a safe atmosphere in the training field/laboratory environment as well as in the classroom, any disruptive behavior will not be

tolerated . All students are expected to be respectful, courteous, attentive and quiet in order to support the learning environment.


There shall be no smoking, vaping, or use of any tobacco product on campus.


Students shall refrain from the use of abusive or slanderous language.  There is to be no horseplay, fighting, harassment or misconduct by anyone . Any student who uses, has in their possession, or is under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on campus or at the training field will immediately be turned over to the campus police for appropriate action.  This will be a ZERO tolerance policy with immediate steps taken toward withdrawal from Amarillo College .


Anyone who is caught cheating on an exam or quiz will immediately be excused from class and not allowed to return.  This is an Amarillo College rule and will be strictly enforced.  This applies to plagiarism as well.





Electronic Devices:


All electronic devices which produce audible sounds must be silenced during class and on the laboratory/training field.  All visual slides and materials are the property of the instructor and may be copyright protected, hence no photocopy is allowed.


See the syllabus for your instructor's policy on this matter.







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NOTE:     Compliance with the Amarillo College Technical Education Code of Professional Conduct is mandatory for class participation.


Grading Criteria


Course Evaluations:

Students should complete all performance tasks on time at REQUIRED MASTERY LEVEL. Tasks, projects, and various assignments will be scored based on time; accuracy; neatness; completeness; procedure; skill; detail; motivation and attitude; safety practices; clean up; care of manuals, logbooks, and references; and other grading criteria. No task score shall be recorded until assignment is complete. Complete shall include condition and cleanliness of equipment; clean up of work areas; tool condition and return; all projects, supplies and materials being stored properly. Failure to bring books, notes, notebook, and equipment for a given class will result in a loss of grade for that class period. Unless the instructor specifies otherwise, all homework is due at the beginning of the next class.


Final (Overall) Grade Policy:

The final overall grade will be computed as follows:

Participation Attendance   

Average of

15 Days



Average of

11 Labs



Average of

10 Assignments


Mid-Term Exam


1 Exam


Final Exam


1 Exam





90 – 100  = A

80 -   89  = B

70 -   79  = C

60 -   69  = D

  0 -   59  = F

Students are responsible for getting notes from other students when absent. Lab activities will continue on schedule. There will not be special lab sessions or classes. Missing lab activities may prevent individuals from performing advanced lab exercises for safety and expense reasons.




Attendance and participation in class and lab is required.
If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining missed assignments. If you have to leave early for any reason, inform your instructor. Any student that leaves without permission before the end of class will be counted absent. All class periods missed will result in a grade of zero for the participation grade for that day. Mid term and final exam days are mandatory. Make up exams will not be given.


This calendar is the desired pace of the class. If it becomes necessary to speed up or slow down, then the calendar will be altered at the instructors discretion.

Class Schedule

Class Calendar IEIR-1310-001 Spring II 2022  
Session    Topic of the Day   Homework   Labs       

March 22

Day 1



Introduction course/Syllabus Electrical Safety and Terms 


Read Chapter 4 Electrical Safety  Read Chapters 2 and 5. Do Checkpoint 2-1 to 2-2 and 5-1 to 5-5 Due March 29


March 24

Day 2


Discuss Chapter 2 Symbols and Diagrams        Discuss Chapter 5 Control Logic


Read Chapter 6  Do Checkpoint 6-1 to 6-10. Due March 29


Lab 1 Draw Logic Circuits and Wire

March 29

Day 3


Discuss Ch. 6 Mechanical Input Control Devices


Read Chapters 7 & 8. Do Checkpoint 7-1 to 7-5 and 8-1 to 8-3 Due April 5


Lab 2 Draw Mechanical Input Control Circuits and Wire

March 31

Day 4


Discuss Chapter 7 Solenoids        Discuss Chapter 8 Electromechanical Relays 


Read Chapter 12. Do Checkpoints 12-1 to 12-7. Due April 5


Lab 3 Draw Relay Circuits and Wire

April 5

Day 5


Discuss Chapter 12 Contactors and Magnetic Motor Starters 


Read Chapter 11  Do Checkpoint 11-1 to 11-4. Due April 12


Lab 4 Draw Motor Starter Circuits and Wire.

April 7

Day 6


Discuss Chapter 11 Transformers


No Homework


Lab 5 Draw Control Voltage Circuit with Magnetic Motor Starter and Wire

April 12

Day 7


Review for Mid-term Exam.


Study for Mid-Term Exam


Lab 6 Draw Various Ladder Logic Circuits, Automatic Controls and Wire

April 14

Day 8


Mid Term Exam/ Mandatory Attendance


Read Chapter 15. Do Checkpoint 15-1 to 15-6 Due April 19


No Lab

April 19

Day 9


Go over Mid Term Discuss Chapter 15 Reversing Motors


Read Chapter 16. Do Checkpoint 16-1 to 16-5 Due April 26


Lab 7 Draw Reversing Motor Circuit and Wire

April 21

Day 10


Discuss Chapter 16 Timing and Counting Functions


Read Chapter 25. Do Checkpoint 25-1 to 25-4


Lab 8 Draw Timing Circuits and Wire

April 26

Day 11


Discuss Chapter 25 Solid-State Relays and Starters


Read Chapter 26. Do Checkpoint 26-1 to 26-5 Due March 3.


Lab 9 Draw Circuits and Wire Solid-State Devices

April 28

Day 12


Discuss Cabinet Wiring


No Homework


Lab 10 Cabinet Wiring

May 3

Day 13


Discuss Chapter 26 Motor Drives


No Homework


Lab 11 Draw Motor Drive Circuits and Wire

May 5

Day 14


Review for Final


No Homework


Lab 12 Wire Practice Circuits for Final

May 10 

Day 15


Final Exam Part 1 / Mandatory Attendance


Review for Written Final


Lab Final Exam

May 12

Day 16


 Final Exam Part 2 / Mandatory Attendance


Written Final Exam

This calendar is subject to change at the instructors discretion. The possibility of speeding up or slowing down depends on students' mastery of competencies as the class progresses.     


Additional Information



  1. Show respect toward your instructor and fellow students. 
  2. Cell phones are to be silenced during class as well as in the labs. Texting, gaming, taking non-emergency calls, and etc is not permitted. If a student has finished a project or assignment and is waiting for further instructions, do not mistake this time as an opportunity to use your phones. Use down time by reading your text, drawing diagrams, or something productive to your learning and understanding of this course. Students who choose not to follow this rule will have the option of surrendering their phone for the class period or leaving for the day.
  3. No hats, beanies, dew rags, hoodies, or other head gear are allowed in the building.
  4. Shirts are to be tucked into your pants at all times in the building.
  5. It is permissible to bring food or drinks into the class room. No food or drinks is allowed in the labs or computer labs. If a student does not pick up and properly dispose of food wrappers, cans, and bottles, food and drink privilege will be revoked for all students.
  6. No smoking, vaping, or use of any tobacco product is allowed on campus. 
  7. No chewing tobacco, dip, snuff, sunflower seeds, or anything else that requires a spit cup.
  8. During class lecture open discussion is encouraged. However, when a student directs a question to the instructor, everyone should be quite until the instructor responds. After the question has been answered, additional comments are welcomed.
  9. Please be considerate of other classes going on in the building and keep your voices down when in the hallways during break.
  10. Anyone that causes a disruption will be asked to leave the class.
  11. Bring text book, PPE, and tools to class every session.
  12. When in the labs, work on your own assigned project at your assigned station. This is not play time or visitation time.
  13. Each student is responsible for clean up of their work area and general clean up of the entire lab and class area. Countertops, work areas, and floors will be swept and trash discarded everyday.
  14. Infractions of any of the above will result in Participation grade reduction for the day and/or disciplinary action.

Syllabus Created on:

03/08/22 10:43 AM

Last Edited on:

03/21/22 11:05 AM