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This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.
The capability and efficiency of machines have all but replaced the need for humans in manufacturing industry in all but one regard – the care of the machines. Automation Technicians monitor production equipment, oversee their performance, and repair the machines. As an Automation Technician, you’ll learn how to work with electrical-based systems capable of operating, to varying degrees, without human input or control.
Since the industrial revolution, factory owners have looked for ways to automate production – making the manufacture of their product more efficient. As industry changes and expands with new technology, the need for skilled and educated technicians who are able to maintain and fix robots and machines increases. The Automation Technology program will prepare you for a career working in a facility that relies on motors, robots, mechatronics, programmable controls, and electronic systems.
The Automation Technology program at MCC has two distinct specialization paths: controls and electromechanical. Focusing on controls, you’ll learn the basics of electromechanical devices, while focusing on control systems, PLC programming and systems integration, with the opportunity for exposure to solid modeling and CNC programing. In the electromechanical track, you’ll learn the basics of controls, including PLC programming, while getting more in-depth exposure to hydraulics, motors, and electromechanical devices.
The Right Pathway for You
MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.
The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Industrial Technology||Pathway Map|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Industrial Technology Level II||Pathway Map|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Industrial Robotics and Automation Technology||Pathway Map|
|Certificate of Completion||CCL||Electromechanical Automation Technology||Pathway Map|
MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.
|Associate in Applied Science||AAS||Industrial Robotics and Automation Technology||Pathway Map|
The Automation Technology program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other||$55,940|
|Industrial Engineering Technicians||$56,960|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.
Meet with an Advisor
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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.
Advising for the Automation Technology program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.