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Automation Engineering Technology Program Details

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.

Do you have prior work, volunteer, or military experience? Get CVTC credit for it!

If you have previous experience from work, military, professional development, volunteer, or certifications, you could turn that experience into college credit! Learn more about Credit for Prior Learning.

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: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,065

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Automation Engineering Career Pathway  

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.

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Automation machine buttons
Get a Job

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

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Make More Money

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

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


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

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Automation Technician
  • Control Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Instrumentation Technician
  • Electromechanical Technician
  • Power Systems Engineer

Career Outlook

Automation engineering technicians work closely with electrical and mechanical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing, engineering services, and research and development.

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