Automation Systems Technology | Western Technical College

Automation Systems Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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This program is designed to give you the skills you need to enter the growing field of automation/robotic systems in areas that include industrial manufacturing, industrial controls and automation, and robotics.

In manufacturing operations, technicians are responsible for setup, troubleshooting, repairs, and modifying programs in automated manufacturing lines.

Well-trained automation systems technicians are able to tackle the complexity of machinery used in advanced manufacturing with skills in sensors, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), drives, and robotics.

*Please note that the delivery method for courses may change as the COVID-19 situation proceeds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Automation Systems Technology

This program will cost about $10,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Maintenance Workers, Machinery
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
Industrial Engineering Technicians

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Perform work safely
  • Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems and devices
  • Communicate technical information
  • Integrate automation and mechanical control systems

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Automation Systems Technology

Career Pathways

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