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Area of Study

Industrial Automation Technology

Get ready to excel in a range of exciting industries! The Industrial Automation Associate of Applied Science degree is an excellent choice for anyone looking to start a rewarding career. Learn control systems that have thousands of industrial applications.

Northeastern Junior College's Industrial automation training.

With stackable certificates in key areas such as Wind Technician, Industrial Safety, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Electricity, and Industrial Control Systems, this degree is your ticket to success. You could be working in any number of industries, from food processing to material handling, process control, and advanced manufacturing. And the job opportunities are just as varied - think Quality Control Technician, Industrial Electrician, or PLC Technician. So why wait? Start your journey to a fulfilling career with this degree today!

What is Industrial Automation?

Industrial Automation Student working on Control systems

When it comes to automation, there's no denying that programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are the backbone of many modern factories and manufacturing plants. These sophisticated devices act as the brains of the operation, controlling everything from the production lines to the complex machinery that powers them. But what exactly is industrial automation, and which industries stand to benefit the most from this technology? From automotive and aerospace factories to food and beverage facilities, industries of all kinds are leveraging automation to streamline manufacturing processes, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. By programming intricate systems that rely on hydraulic, pneumatic, and mechanical components, manufacturers are able to produce products more quickly, accurately, and safely than ever before. So while automation may seem like a futuristic concept, the truth is that it's happening right now - and it's playing a critical role in shaping the future of industry.

What Job Opportunities are in Industrial Automation?

In today's modern world, technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives. With the rise in automation, the demand for skilled technicians who can handle control systems has never been higher. Industrial automation technicians are responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing automated systems in industrial facilities. With the rapid growth of automation in manufacturing, logistics, and various other industries, the need for expertise in this field is more prominent than ever before.

This presents a great opportunity for job seekers who are looking for a high paying job in a growing industry. The demand for automation systems technicians is expected to continue rising, making it an excellent option for those who want to pursue a career with significant growth opportunities in the long term.

What skills will I learn in the Program?

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In the Industrial Automation Program, you'll gain a wealth of knowledge on how to build automated equipment through a combination of programming and implementing circuits. But, that's not all. One of the most important aspects of the program is safety, which is why you'll have the opportunity to earn valuable certifications, such as OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety & Health, Climbing and Rescue, Rigging-Signal Person, and CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation). These certifications not only ensure that you'll be taking the necessary precautions while on the job, but they also look great on your resume. With these skills under your belt, you'll be well on your way to a successful career in the industrial automation industry.

In today's rapidly-evolving world, understanding the complex electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems that make up modern industry is becoming increasingly important. With our comprehensive program, students will not only become proficient with these essential components, but they will also gain hands-on experience building, troubleshooting, and repairing combined systems. They will work extensively with Allen Bradley and Rockwell Automation systems, as well as SCADA systems and software products such as Studio 5000 and RSLogix 500.

But we don't stop there - students will also learn valuable programming languages used by programmable logic controllers and how to integrate multiple control circuits and basic components of robotic systems to create automated equipment that is found in advanced manufacturing, material processing, and material handling. By the end of the program, graduates will be fully equipped to excel in a variety of exciting industries, making meaningful contributions to this rapidly growing field.

What type of work environment should I expect?

As a technician, you can expect to work in an environment where mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical equipment are combined. Don't worry if that sounds intimidating, because with the right work ethic and technical competence, you'll be more than up to the task. In fact, those are the qualities that employers most desire in their entry-level employees.

You'll likely have independence in your work, as most technicians work with limited supervision. But don't let that deter you - it's an opportunity to showcase your skills and demonstrate your proficiency. Overall, you can expect a challenging and rewarding work environment where your abilities will shine.

Why Northeastern Junior College's Industrial Automation Training Program?

Industrial Automation Student troubleshooting

Northeastern's program stands out as a premier option for students looking to enter the workforce fully prepared. As a community college situated in a rural setting, the Residence Halls offer students a supportive community while facilitating a strong and focused learning experience. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, students gain valuable experience as they learn how to operate and maintain advanced industrial machinery. But what sets Northeastern's program apart from others is the generous Financial Aid package available to all eligible students. This aid allows for more resources and opportunities to support the student experience. With these benefits, Northeastern Junior College's Industrial Automation Training program is an excellent choice for those wishing to secure an impactful, meaningful career in the industrial automation industry.

Entry Requirements

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Charles Guernsey

Jason Winter

Our approach is simple; put the industry components, operating systems, and tools in the student’s hands and make sure they know how to solve problems. We use industry tooling such as Fluke meters and E-RADs to perform the same jobs that will be performed in the field. We believe that students must be able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. Our training approach accomplishes two things; it gives the students firsthand knowledge of the equipment they will be using and it teaches them how to safely and efficiently use the equipment. We have a strong safety culture and that is the single most important thing to take away from the program. 

Electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians work with electrical and mechanical engineers. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

Xcel Energy Colorado provides funding to support students starting the Wind & Industrial program. Xcel Energy Colorado funding provides personal protective equipment such as hard hats, Lineman gloves, and insulated hand tools.

Students are required to purchase steel-toe or composite-toe boots, work gloves, and safety glasses. Students are allowed bring their own hard hats if they prefer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians is projected to decline 4 percent from 2021 to 2031.

Despite declining employment, about 1,100 openings for electro-mechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Automation Technician (Automation Tech), Electro-Mechanic, Electromechanical Assembler (EM Assembler), Electromechanical Technician (EM Technician), Electronics Technician (Electronics Tech), Mechanical Technician (Mechanical Tech), Process Control Tech, Product Test Specialist, Test Engineering Technician (Test Engineering Tech), Test Technician (Test Tech)

The median annual wage for electro-mechanical technologists and technicians was $60,360 in May 2021. Colorado's median is 18% higher at 71,430

Winston Brower
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Winston Brower

Wind and Industrial Technology is a good challenge and there are lots of jobs on the market in this field.

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