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Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology

Share 10-628-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 69 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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Manufacturers are using machine automation and controls to produce quality products faster and more efficiently. These automated systems also provide critical information to help managers make good business decisions. The ability to produce a product while providing data is an important part of automation. Businesses need skilled people to design and build systems that integrate multiple technologies. With this degree, you could qualify for those high-tech careers. Learn about electronics, computers, control systems, programming, robots, fluid power, sensors and more. You will be able to install, program, design, troubleshoot and repair automated systems.

Career Opportunities

  • Automation Engineer
  • Control Cell Supervisor
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Robotic Technician

Estimated Program Cost

Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology

This program will cost about $10,300.75*
based on current tuition and fees.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology

Term Availability
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Spring 2017

* Program availability may vary by location. Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

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Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • Utilize practical AC/DC electronic fundamentals in wiring, integrating, and troubleshooting industrial devices and systems.
  • Understand the operation, wiring, and control of motors, drives, and hydraulic/pneumatic systems.
  • Apply computer skills to real world industrial applications and projects. Including operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, computer hardware, and networking.
  • Design, program, integrate and troubleshoot PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) programs and systems.
  • Utilize various communications networks to integrate industrial devices such as computers, PLCs, vision systems, robots, drives, etc.
  • Integrate manufacturing data acquired from machines, PLCs, sensors, vision systems, etc., and share that data with the business side databases to improve quality, efficiency, and reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Design, program, and troubleshoot programs for computers, PLCs, vision systems, robots, and other industrial software.
  • Design and program color touch panel displays (HMIs (Human Machine Interface)) for a wide variety of industrial and business applications such as water treatment, energy, process control applications, paper making and converting, food production, and manufacturing.
  • Integrate safety hardware and software such as light curtains, laser scanners, safety switches, safety controllers, etc., into industrial systems to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Utilize SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) software to monitor and control various types of industrial and business applications such as water treatment, energy, process control applications, paper making and converting, food production, and manufacturing.
  • Program, integrate, maintain, and troubleshoot robots and robotics systems for industrial applications.
  • Develop programs, calibrate devices and tune PID parameters for various types of process control systems such as pressure, level and temperature controls.
  • Ability to understand and choose industrial programs and integrate devices to create automated systems.
  • Work with and supervise other skilled trades people when installing and troubleshooting systems.
  • Develop documentation such as designs, programs, schematics, parts lists, and system startup, operation, and troubleshooting.

Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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