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Automation Engineering Technology Overview

Make more money, get a job, and work with automated control systems, including robots and unmanned systems. Automation is one of the fastest growing areas of technology, so the Automation Engineering Technology program is the right choice for anyone who is interested in a career in modern manufacturing. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to repair, troubleshoot, and maintain automated equipment commonly used in robotics.

Automation engineering technicians work closely with electrical and mechanical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing, engineering services, and research and development. There are endless career opportunities for CVTC graduates to utilize the skills they gain in this two-year program.

With multiple start dates and locations, you will have the flexibility to begin when it is convenient for you. While pursuing your Automation Engineering Technology associate degree, you will earn your ElectroMechanical Maintenance Technician technical diploma during the first year. This technical diploma will allow you to begin working in the manufacturing field faster, as you finish your education. Additionally, if you decide to pursue further education, this program has numerous articulation agreements with many regional universities which will allow you to apply credits from this program towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

Throughout the two-year program you will learn about:

  • Engineering & design
  • Industrial drives/motor maintenance
  • Industrial system maintenance
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical power systems and maintenance
  • Motion & automation controls
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Supervisory control & data analysis
  • Systems troubleshooting and maintenance

Get started at CVTC today, with the application process. In just twenty minutes, you will be on your way to a rewarding, lucrative career in automation engineering.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the Automation Engineering Technology program if you completed the ElectroMechanical Maintenance Technician technical diploma at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Automation Technician

Design Engineer

ElectroMechanical Technician

Instrumentation Technician

Maintenance Mechanic

Power Systems Engineer

Graduate Employers


Ashley Furniture

Great Northern Corporation

Hutchinson Technology

Midwest Manufacturing


Just the Facts

Automation Engineering Technology
61 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

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August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $11,136

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Automation Engineering Technology program.

PLC Applications
Students will design and add documentation to ladder logic programs to solve application problems.

Industrial Robotics Systems
Terminology, concepts, and components of robots, robot-type machines, and automation. Emphasis will be on interfacing automated machinery.

Machine Troubleshooting Techniques
Hands-on troubleshooting of PLC, CNC, robotic, and automated control systems. Yields experience in finding failures in electrical, pneumatic, power, and computer concepts.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Automation Engineering Technology Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


80% of our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates reported an average starting salary of $59,197.


Regional Jobs

There are 85 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automation Engineering Technology industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

I was in a maintenance job for six years, but I felt like I was plateauing without a good education to back me up. Automation Engineering Technology was a good program to help me improve my skills and make me more valuable.

Troy, Automation Engineering Technology Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

ElectroMechanical Maintenance Technician, Technical Diploma


Mechatronics Technician

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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