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Automation and Control Technology

This program is designed for technically oriented, hands-on students who seek employment opportunities in high technology manufacturing and industrial environments. The Automation & Control Technology with Robotics program focuses on installation and troubleshooting of electrical and electronic systems, industrial programming for control applications, and state-of-the-art mechanical and robotic systems installation, modification and repair.

Students who are already employed and want to enhance present job skills, or seek new career advancement opportunities, may participate in the Automation & Control Technology program on a part-time basis.

Students can gain valuable hands-on experience through the school's co-op program while achieving college credit for practical work experience.

Why major in Automation and Control Technology?

Individuals who study within this technical field can pursue a variety of career opportunities. Automation and Control Technology graduates have become: control system technicians and designers; electrical, electromechanical and electronic systems engineering technicians; industrial equipment professionals in sales, purchasing, installation, and service; industrial maintenance technicians; maintenance/troubleshooting and manufacturing technicians; robotic system integration engineering technicians; and much more.

Our program graduates can also continue their studies to become an industrial engineer. As this field continues to grow and technology advances, the professional roles available within this field become more in demand and diverse.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy hands-on activities and hands-on learning, while working with technology.
  • You are interested in manufacturing processes and control systems, and how new technical skills are utilized today.
  • You would like to work in or advance in technology manufacturing and industrial environments.
  • You find the world of robotics interesting and want to learn more.

What are the objectives of the Automation & Control Technology program at Sinclair?

The Automation & Control Technology with Robotics program builds knowledge in the application of electrical and mechanical skills for developing, installing, programming, and troubleshooting the complex machinery found in the modern manufacturing environment.

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Associate of Applied Science
Automation & Control Technology with Robotics

The Automation and Control Technology with Robotics program builds knowledge in the application of electrical and mechanical skills for developing, installing, programming and troubleshooting the complex machinery found in the modern manufacturing and Supply Chain environments.

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Associate of Technical Studies
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

This program prepares students for a career in Electro-mechanical technology by combining knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. The program prepares students to operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment. The degree includes traditional classroom instruction, and hands-on laboratory experiences every semester.

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Mechatronics

This program prepares students for a career in Mechatronics by developing electrical and mechanical skills for developing, installing and troubleshooting complex mechanical and electrical systems. The degree includes traditional classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences and on-the-job training through an internship course every semester. Note: This program is restricted to employees of FESTO Corporation.

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One-year Technical Certificate
Industrial Internet of Things Technician

This one-year certificate provides the knowledge and basic skills needed to work in the automation industry as an entry-level support technician for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In addition to advanced manufacturing and logistics warehousing, a growing number of IoT devices are created for consumer use, including connected automotive vehicles, home automation devices, wearable technology, connected health, and appliances with remote monitoring capabilities. Students who complete this certificate learn IIoT fundamentals, automation computer hardware, software, data management, and networking. Theoretical aspects are supported and supplemented by hands-on lab work to gain in-depth knowledge and necessary technical skills.

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Industrial Robot Technician

The Industrial Robot Technician certificate provides the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs for technicians in industries that either provide Robots systems for sale or use robots in their production facilities.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Industrial Maintenance Technician

The Industrial Maintenance Technician certificate provides the knowledge and skill required for installing, maintaining and troubleshooting modern industrial machinery. Students will learn to solve practical maintenance problems, read and interpret mechanical drawings and interpret maintenance publications.

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Industrial PLC Programming Technician

This certificate provides students and working professionals the basic necessary knowledge and skills to operate, program, and diagnose Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based control systems in advanced manufacturing automation process operations, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs), and logistics/supply chain high-tech warehousing automation operations. This program covers digital fundamentals used in all of today’s computers, PLC hardware, PLC ladder logic programming, PLC I/O wiring diagrams, PLC communication architecture, networking, HMIs (Human Machine Interface) in a hands-on learning environment on several different types of PLCs.

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Industrial Robotics & PLC Programming Technician

This certificate extends the knowledge and skills students learn in the Industrial PLC Programming Technician certificate by teaching students to operate, program, and troubleshoot robotic-cells and control systems used in advanced manufacturing operations, Original Equipment Manufacturer OEMs, logistics/supply chain centers, and automated warehousing operations. This program covers digital fundamentals common to today’s computers, basics of automated systems, Robotic Teach Pendant Programming (TPP), Robotic Handling Tool fundamentals, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware, PLC ladder logic programming, PLC I/O wiring diagrams, PLC communication architecture, networking, Human Machine Interface (HMIs) in a “hands-on” learning environment setting.

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Internet of Things Technician

This short term certificate offers knowledge and basic skills to work in the electronics/programming industry as an entry-level support technician for Internet of Things (IoT). In addition to advanced manufacturing, a growing portion of IoT devices are created for consumer use, including connected vehicles, home automation, wearable technology, connected health, and appliances with remote monitoring capabilities. Micro-controllers are the heart of any IoT device. Graduates learn micro-controller hardware, programming applications, networking, and security. Theoretical aspects are supported and supplemented by hands-on lab work to gain in-depth knowledge and necessary technical skills.

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