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What will I learn?

Drive your future and manufacture your success. As manufacturing becomes more automated and complex, employers are looking for critical thinkers and problem-solvers who can focus on details while understanding the big picture. At JCCC, your hands-on training will prepare you to develop, install and maintain automated systems used in an industrial setting.

Automation is a multidisciplinary art. As an automation engineer technician, your scope of work can change daily, depending on needs and priorities. At JCCC, your coursework prepares you for all aspects of a successful career: electrical systems, instrumentation and process control, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), fluid power systems, industrial robotics and preventive maintenance.

At the end of the program, you will be prepared to take the ISA Control Systems Technician (CST) associate exam, which gives you recognition in the field as well as demonstrates to future employers your commitment to a career in instrumentation and control.

For admission to this program, please contact the department chair at 913-469-8500, ext. 3612.


Your classes will help you delve in-depth into a variety of automation topics. You also can join the International Society of Automation (ISA), which helps you stay current on research in the field. The ISA website contains the Automation Body of Knowledge, which covers information from basic sensors and controls to detailed industrial networking, cybersecurity and safety information. Once you have digested the Body of Knowledge, you are ready to be a Certified Automation Professional using the website tutorials and test materials.

Your JCCC training gives you technical skills in electrical wiring, hydraulics, welding, networking, robotics and mechanical drives from instructors with more than 50 years of field experience. After just four semesters or 62 credit hours, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automation Engineer Technology; JCCC is the only program in the Kansas City area offering this degree.

Tyler G., Automation Engineer Technology student
“The instructors' attention to detail in lab, hands-on approach to learning and industry knowledge make them one of the best assets of the program. They really are putting great candidates into the job market.”
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The demand for qualified automation engineers is rising as more manufacturers turn to automation for efficiency, cost savings and increased output.

Licensing or certification can enhance your prospects for landing a career in automation engineering. The specific skills and knowledge needed will vary widely, depending on the manufacturing processes involved and the product being produced.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

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Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.