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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

Studying Automation Engineer Technology gives you the opportunity to pursue numerous different career paths. The Automation Engineer Technology program sets you up for a strong future in many different career paths.

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.

 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

JCCC provides you with career and academic counseling. This ensures your studies align with your long-term goals.

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. Then, graduates will take the International Society of Automation (ISA) or Control Systems Technician (CST) exams.

AET graduates may also decide to transfer their credits to a four-year university. Transferring allows students to gain further knowledge and skills.

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

Why JCCC for Automation Engineer Technology?

JCCC is unique because it is the only school in the Kansas City area that offers 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.

Resources and Tools for JCCC Students

Students have access to many resources and tools at JCCC. With our academic counseling and career development services, students can boost their success.

We encourage each student to get involved in the JCCC community by joining clubs and organizations. Not only can students join clubs that align with their studies, but they can also pursue other interests. Clubs can help students build leadership and career development skills.

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 helps students land careers in automation engineering. The specific skills and knowledge needed will vary widely. Necessary skills depend on the manufacturing processes involved and the product.

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. You can get help writing a resume and apply for jobs.

JCCC works hard to make tuition affordable. Our goal is to make it so that everyone can pursue a degree. We use specific tactics to ensure all students can attend JCCC.

If you are interested in studying Automation Engineering Technology, our financial aid team can help with costs. Financial aid can help you secure the necessary funds.

Scholarships, grants, and loans are all options at JCCC. Scholarships and grants make it possible for you to get a degree debt-free. Loans have to be paid back. However, loans are easier to obtain for some students.

To learn more about types of financial aid, visit studentaid.gov. Visit our Financial Aid office to learn what you will qualify for.

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