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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.

If you completed the Electromechanical Maintenance Technician program, you can apply for Advanced Placement into the Automation Engineering Technology program in Eau Claire to continue your education and earn your associates degree.

Career Opportunities

Automation Technician

Control Engineer

Design Engineer

Electrical Instrumentation Technician

Electromechanical Technician

Power Systems Engineer

Just the Facts

Automation Engineering Technology
64 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August and January

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,372

Term 2

$

2,624

Term 3

$

2,581

Term 4

$

2,878

Books

$

1,610

Estimated Total:  $12,065

 

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will 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. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Automation Engineering Technology Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Program Outcomes

 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates get a job in the industry.

 

$55K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates reported an average starting salary of $55,317.

 

39
Regional Jobs

There are 39 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automation Engineering Technology industry.

 

Transfer
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

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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