Automation Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106641

As a graduate of the Automation Engineering Technology program, you'll be ready to work with integrated machine systems that involve industrial automation, robotics, mechanics, computers, industrial communications and/or electronics technology. Your potential career opportunities include controls designer, automation technician, controls technician, engineering technician, controls engineer in training, and automation engineer in training.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

904621, Industrial Maintenance Certificate

Ask your advisor about 2+2 transfer opportunities.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Controls Designer
  • Automation Technician
  • Controls Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Controls Engineer in Training
  • Automation Engineer in Training

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Beginning courses require mastery of algebra skills. For a description of algebra skills, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.

Suggested Skills for Success

  • Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics, 10-620-165 Fluids 4: Adv Hydraulics, 10-620-166 Mechanics 1: Basic, 10-620-121 Mechanics 2: Intermediate, 10-620-122 Mechanics 3: Systems, 10-620-123
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Automation Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

It is acceptable for students to take 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A and 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B as alternatives to: 10-804-117, College Mathematics and 10-804-118, Intermediate Algebra w/Apps.

Students must pass 10-801-136, English Composition 1 with a "C" or better to take 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

  • Understand and apply knowledge of electricity, electronics and motors to industrial applications.
  • Read and interpret technical specifications, detail and assembly drawings, schematics, and diagrams for machine control.
  • Document technical information through descriptive writing, sketches/diagrams, mathematical expression, computation, and graphs.
  • Analyze electrical, mechanical, fluid control functions for proper machine programming and operation.
  • Apply a variety programming languages to the control of single manufacturing cells, programmable controllers, computer networks, industrial networks and information systems using a dynamic data exchange.
  • Construct ladder diagrams, flow charts, timing diagrams, and basic computer control algorithms for machine control.
  • Understand and apply computer hardware/software applications to industrial systems.
  • Apply diagnostic tools to troubleshoot and resolve system problems.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solving problems.
  • Effectively communicate and perform in a team environment.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit