AAS Automation Technology
Academic Plan Code
Automation Technology - Track I Process Control Systems & Programming
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Automation Technology prepares students to work with a variety of automated electro-mechanical, product assembly, process control, and product distribution systems that use programmable controls and other methodologies to accomplish system management. These systems utilize, but are not limited to, robotic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic, optical, and thermal devices. The Automation Technician will gain the skills through this program to define, integrate, install, program, and maintain complex control systems.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway. Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term. It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
- Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites, any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment. Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.
Program Area Key:
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
|Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
|OR equivalent or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course||3–5|
|RC||ATP101||Introduction to Automated Systems and Robotics||2|
|RC||ATP110||Basic Manufacturing Processes||2|
|RC||ATP130||DC Circuit Analysis||2|
|RC||ATP135||AC Circuit Analysis||2|
|RC||ATP150||Fluid Power 1 - Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Vacuum Concepts||2|
|RC||ATP175||Introduction to Motors and Motor Controls||2|
|RC||ATP180||Programmable Logic Controllers 2 - Human-Machine Interfaces and Function Block Programming||ATP130 AND ATP135||2|
|RC||ATP200||Sensors and Measurement||ATP130 AND ATP135||2|
|RC||ATP215||Digital and Analog Circuits||ATP130 AND ATP135 OR permission of instructor||2|
|RC||ATP222||Servo Systems||ATP175 OR permission of instructor||2|
|FYC||ENG111||Technical and Professional Writing||ENG102 is acceptable only if ENG111 is not available||3|
|RC||ATP290||Lean and Six Sigma Techniques||2|
|RC||CIS105||Survey of Computer Information Systems||3|
|Industrial Safety or
Industrial Safety or
Industrial Safety or
|Orall Comm||COM110||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|Critical Rdg||CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||3|
|NS||Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||4|
|HU||Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||3|
|SB||SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|RE||ATP160||Programmable Logic Controllers 1 - Introduction to Ladder Logic||2|
|RE||ATP245||Introduction to Solid Modeling - Solidworks||ATP105 OR permission of instructor||3|
|RE||ATP251||Fluid Power 2 - Automation Applications||ATP150 OR permission of instructor||2|
|RE||ATP260||Industrial Automation System Integration 1||ATP175 AND ATP180 OR permission of instructor||2|
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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Automation Technology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=84685).