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What will I learn about Automation Engineer Technology at JCCC?

JCCC’s Automation Engineer Technology (AET) program prepares you by giving you hands-on experience with electrical, mechanical and computerized equipment. In JCCC’s AET program, you will learn how to:

  • Solve machinery or equipment problems
  • Repair or replace broken components
  • Test machines for performance
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment
  • Clean and lubricate machinery

Our professors have worked in professional environments. They know just how to help you succeed in AET careers.

You will learn how to develop, install, and maintain automated systems in industrial settings. After completing the program, you will take an exam to become an automation engineering technician. Technicians work closely with electrical and mechanical engineers.

The Automation Engineer Technology program sets you up for a strong future in many different career paths. We have had students go on to pursue careers at:

  • Car manufacturers
  • Food processing plants
  • Engineering companies
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Large distribution sites like Amazon or FedEx

Automation Engineer Technology courses at JCCC

At JCCC, the Automation Engineer Technology program teaches you how to apply certain engineering and technical skills. The AET curriculum begins with an introduction to industrial maintenance topics, tools, equipment, and mechanical drive systems. Throughout the program, AET courses cover:

  • Maintaining automated systems
  • Industrial code
  • Electrical systems
  • Instrumentation and process controls
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  • Fluid power systems
  • Industrial hydraulic systems
  • Industrial robotics
  • Machinery such as conveyor belts
  • LAN cabling and installation

Interactive learning is crucial to this line of work. The AET curriculum incorporates labs that allow you to practice special techniques. In class, you will practice cabling, installing and other technical skills required in this profession.

The AET program requires 62 credit hours to graduate. Upon completion of these credits, you earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automation Engineer Technology.

For admission to this program, please contact the department chair by email.

[Catalog] Automation Engineer Technology, AAS

[Catalog] Automation Engineer Technology courses

Why JCCC for Automation Engineer Technology?

JCCC was the first school in the Kansas City area to offer an automated engineering degree like this one. Your JCCC education gives you technical skills in electrical, hydraulics, welding, industrial networking, robotics and mechanical drive systems. You will learn from instructors with more than 50 years of experience.

The demand for qualified automation engineers is rising as more manufacturers turn to automation for efficiency, cost savings, and increased output.


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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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.

Download the Automation Engineer Technology Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need career advice? Visit the Career Development Center for help navigating the job market. 

JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable so that everyone can pursue the degree of their choosing. Our school has implemented numerous ways to ensure each potential student can attend JCCC. If you are interested in studying Automation Engineering Technology at JCCC, our financial aid team will be there for you to ensure that costs do not stand in the way.  

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.