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Manufacturing & Automation

In this growing area of engineering, you’ll get the skills you need for a career as a manufacturing engineer, automation engineer, maintenance technician, electro-mechanical technician, engineering technician, quality engineer or quality analyst.


Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AAS)

60 Credits Location: Appleton

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.

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Automation & Maintenance, Advanced (C)

13 Credits Location: Appleton

Technicians and maintenance personnel seeking advanced automation skills will find them here. With this certificate you’ll focus on advanced automation skills including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), sensors, software, SCADA and the integration of multiple industrial devices. You’ll also learn skills in robotics, motion controllers and motion systems used in industry.

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Electro-Mechanical Technology (AAS)

60 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

If you’re a good problem solver who enjoys working with your hands, this might be a good career choice for you. You will learn to install, troubleshoot and repair complex machinery for business and industry. You’ll gain knowledge and skills related to electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical devices, industrial computers, sensors, instrumentation equipment and automated systems. You’ll also learn to calibrate instruments, write programmable logic controller (PLC) programs, tune closed loop automated systems and design products. Excellent career opportunities await graduates of this degree program.

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Instrumentation & Process Control (C)

3 Credits Locations: Appleton, Oshkosh

If you have an electrical background and are working in a process industry, this certificate can increase your knowledge and skills with process instruments. Whether you work in food processing, paper or plastic film manufacturing, chemical or petroleum production, waste water treatment or power generation, you will learn to manage process controls such as flow rate, pressure level, temperature control, chemical mix and more. These skills can help you specialize or grow in your career.

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Manufacturing Engineering Technology (AAS)

61 Credits Location: Appleton

Looking for a fun yet challenging career where you can use hands-on skills to solve problems? The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program will prepare you to work in all types of manufacturing industries designing and improving processes. You’ll develop a broad background and gain hands-on experience in many areas including manufacturing processes, automated manufacturing, computer-aided design and manufacturing, fixture and tooling design, and mechanical and electrical system design. Lean production principles, project management, engineering economic analysis and communication skills are also important parts of this program. Get ready for a fulfilling career working with people at all levels to ensure the success of your organization.

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Quality Engineering Technology (AAS)

60 Credits Location: Appleton

Meeting customer expectations is of vital importance to the success of every organization. In the Quality Engineering Technology program, you’ll gain the skills necessary to engage in continuous improvement activities as well as traditional quality and inspection duties. You’ll learn how to use Lean Six Sigma tools and methods to reduce waste in any type of process and to foster an ongoing focus on continuous improvement. Quality audits and effective root causes analysis of problems are also part of the general program which allows specialization in either industrial manufacturing, or food and paper processing where laboratory skills are common.

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Quality Technician (TD)

20 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

Get your foot in the door to a great career working in manufacturing quality. This program will prepare you for inspecting manufactured parts, including the reading of engineering drawings and using common measurement tools. You'll also learn how to implement process improvements and corrective actions.

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Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship
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