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Career Area: Manufacturing
Associate Degree
Program Number: 10-631-2
Approximately 2 Years to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4386
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.
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Automation for Industrial Systems Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this degree:

Control Systems Technician
Instrument Technician
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician
Industrial Automation Technician
Controls Engineer
Network Technician
Field Service Engineers

Average Median Wage


Automation for Industrial Systems Programs

Process and manufacturing plants employ technicians to keep their machines and processing running, and install and maintain equipment. In this two-year associate degree program, you will be prepared to be employed at the technician level or higher on computers, industrial computer networks, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and process instruments. You will have both classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction with several systems to gain an understanding of computer and PLC interfacing, control systems, network installation and network administration.   

Graduates install, troubleshoot, program and repair electrical, light mechanical and computer systems used in industry to control and automate machines or processes.  

The equipment you will use controls machines used in manufacturing and equipment used to control continuous processes. Examples include power utilities, petrochemical and chemical, paper, plastics, municipal water and wastewater, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, and control equipment support by vendors and engineering firms.  

As a graduate, you can secure employment as Field Service Engineers, Automation Engineers, Instrumentation Technicians, Control Systems Programmers, Control Systems Designers, Process Operators, and Maintenance Technicians. 

Automation for Industrial Systems Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
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