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What will I learn?

Drive your future and manufacture your success with strong employment opportunities. An Automation Engineer Technology degree from JCCC prepares you to develop, install and maintain automated systems in industrial settings such as:

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

Get hands-on experience on electrical, mechanical and computerized equipment. As an industrial machinery mechanic or high-precision craftsman, your day will be filled with:

  • Solving machinery or equipment problems
  • Repairing or replacing broken components
  • Testing machines for performance
  • Adjusting and calibrating equipment
  • Cleaning and lubricating machinery

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


After just four semesters or 62 credit hours, earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automation Engineer Technology. JCCC is the only program in the Kansas City area that offers this degree.

Your coursework will teach you to troubleshoot and maintain:

  • Electrical systems
  • Instrumentation and process controls
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) – digital computers that control manufacturing processes
  • Fluid power systems
  • Industrial robotics
  • Machinery such as conveyer belts

Your JCCC education gives you technical skills in electrical, hydraulics, welding, industrial networking, robotics and mechanical drives from instructors with more than 50 years of experience.

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.”
Attend classes in JCCC's new Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC)
Ready to take the next step? Apply now

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.

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

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

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

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