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Automated Manufacturing Systems Technician
Program Code: 10-628-3


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 69 Credits
Appleton Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

Business and industry is constantly faced with trying to produce a product faster, cheaper and more efficiently. In many applications, this is completed by automation. As an automated manufacturing systems (AMS) technician, you will install, program, design, troubleshoot, and repair automated systems. Automation is a unique combination of computers and electronics which allows products to be manufactured with the assistance of various machines. The ideal automated system not only produces a product, but provides businesses with information vital to the company's bottom line, such as number of parts completed, bad parts, percentage of good parts, and time required to assemble the products. The ability to produce a product while providing data is an essential aspect of automation.


Program Description

In the AMS program, you will spend four semesters in an educational setting learning electronics, computers, control systems, programming, robots, fluid power, sensors, PLC's, and vision systems, and demonstrate the ability to integrate these devices together. In addition, you will learn to control these systems through hardware and software, and track vital daily information. You may begin in the winter, summer or fall semester during both daytime and evening hours.

FVTC also offers an Industrial Maintenance certificate which consists of fourteen credits and introduces you to automation concepts.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Automated Manufacturing Systems program, graduates will be able to:

  • 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.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Fundamental courses in math, algebra, trigonometry, and English are very desirable. In addition, basic computer skills, communication, and mechanical related courses are beneficial.


Contact Us

For additional information, call Jason Vosters at (920) 831-5496.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.



Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program