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Automation Technologies

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The 30-credit Automation Technologies Certificate provides a foundational automation education for students interested in an advanced automation career.  This certificate contains foundational courses that make-up the 360° eTECH 15-credit Production Technologies certificate, in addition to 15 credits of specialized instruction.

This certificate will provide courses about production technologies and automation technologies to start students on a career pathway. Students will engage in coursework topics of technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance and safety. Also included is coursework in an advanced skill set of AC/DC power, digital electronics, analog circuits and motor controls.

After completing this certificate, graduates may find work in manufacturing building electrical control cabinets (ECC) or equipment servicing or repair. The employment outlook for graduates of the Automation Technologies certificate is greater for those who seek a Diploma, AAS or other higher degree in robotics or electronics technology. Depending on the level of education, those working in automations fields could earn between $15 and $32 per hour.

Receiving an Automation Technologies certificate will give you an intermediate knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations, along with an advanced skill set in DC/AC Power, digital and analog circuits and motor controls. Graduates of this Certificate often work in technical positions that require analytical thinking, often servicing equipment.

Along with the core knowledge provided by the Production Technologies courses, you'll gain skills that may allow you to work in a career setting in Automotive Manufacturing and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers. Job titles could include Application Engineer and Field Service Technician.

MSSC Certification:

Students completing the Automation Technologies certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

NTC (360° eTECH) does not award the MSSC Certification. Students earning an NTC (360° eTECH) Certificate will need to locate the nearest MSSC Certified Assessment Center to arrange testing for the MSSC Certification.

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production modules:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four.

A sample of businesses that recognize the MSSC Certification include:

  • Harley-Davidson
  • Cummins
  • Dow Chemical
  • Arctic Cat
  • ITW/Heartland
  • Toro
  • Steelcase


See more about careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Next steps

The 30-credit Automation Technologies certificate contains foundational advanced manufacturing courses as well as specialized courses, and is one of four in the 360° eTECH offering:

Production Technologies (15 credits)

Automation Technologies (30 credits)

Machine Technologist (30 credits)

Welding Technology (30 credits)

360° eTECH

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