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Automation Engineer Technology

Automation Engineer Technology

… Drive your future; manufacture your success


Two JCCC students building a robot in the electronics lab

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.

Experience and Networking

Automation is a multidisciplinary art, not a single discipline. 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 preventative maintenance.

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 about basic sensors and controls to detailed industrial networking, cyber security 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.

Career Options

Your hands-on 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 from the only program in the Kansas City area offering an AAS.

At the end of the program, you will 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.

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