Associate in Applied Science in Automation Technology

Automation Technology

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Automation Technology

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Career Pathway

Associated Programs

Automation Technology - Track II Electromechanical and Hybrid Systems

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.

Program Prerequisites

Admission Criteria:  Math assessment score on District placement exam placing students into MAT090 or higher, or permission of department.

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, Arts and Design
  • 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.

Term 1

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
Mathematics MAT120 or
MAT121 or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
RC ATP101 Introduction to Automated Systems and Robotics 2
RC ATP105 Engineering Documentation 2
RC ATP110 Basic Manufacturing Processes 2
RC ATP130 DC Circuit Analysis 2
RC ATP135 AC Circuit Analysis 2
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
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 2
RC ATP200 Sensors and Measurement 2
RC ATP215 Digital and Analog Circuits 2
RC ATP222 Servo Systems 2
FYC ENG111 Technical and Professional Writing 3

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC ATP290 Lean and Six Sigma Techniques 2
RC CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
RC FAC106 or
GTC106 or
MIT106 or
Industrial Safety or
Industrial Safety or
Industrial Safety or
Industrial Safety
Oral Comm COM110 Interpersonal Communication 3
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
HU Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3
SB SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
RE ATP235 CNC Programming 2
RE ATP245 Introduction to Solid Modeling - Solidworks 3
RE ATP251 Fluid Power 2 - Automation Applications 2
RE ATP260 Industrial Automation System Integration 1 2
RE ATP265 Industrial Automation System Integration 2 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.

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