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Associate Degree

Automation Engineering Technology

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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.

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.

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Just the Facts

Automation Engineering Technology
61 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Advanced Placement Available


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $11,454

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Career Opportunities

Automation Technician

Electromechanical Technician

Field Service Technician

Instrumentation Technician

Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance Technician

Graduate Employers

Ashley Furniture

Drylock Technologies

Hutchinson Technology, Inc.

Midwest Manufacturing


Phillips Medisize

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates reported an average starting salary of $62,242.



87% of our recent Automation Engineering Technology graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 148 job openings in the CVTC district for the Automation Engineering Technology industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

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

Sample Courses

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.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a 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.

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Troy, Automation Engineering Technology Student

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.


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

Electrical Maintenance, Technical Diploma

ElectroMechanical Maintenance Technician, Technical Diploma

Mechatronics Specialist, Associate Degree

Mechatronics Technician, Technical Diploma


Mechatronics Technician

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Admission Requirements

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Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option. Eligibility for advanced placement requires students to meet additional requirements.

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