• Program: Automation Robotics Engineering Technology
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:


Successful completion of training in Automation Robotics Engineering Technology leads to excellent compensation in a high-demand field. Automation Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (mind and hands) are applied to the designing, building, installing, and troubleshooting of high-tech, high-speed automated electro-mechanical machinery systems for Packaging and other manufacturing applications. Emphasized skills include problem-solving, repairing, fabricating, machining, and welding. Automated systems typically include Computers, Touch Screens, Quality Assurance, Vision Systems, Lasers, Robots, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), AC/DC/Servo/Stepper/VFD motor controls, hydraulic and pneumatic controls, Conveyors, Bar Code/SmartCard/RFID, Electrical systems, Electronic Circuits, and a wide variety of Sensors.

Career Opportunities

Automated packaging machine mechanics and technicians are in high demand; surveys indicate even a greater demand as technologies advance. Before reaching the consumer, almost every product is packaged and packed in several forms. Automation in the manufacturing industry is a high opportunity field. This is a Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) approved program.

Award Outcomes:

  • Diagnose root problems impacting production flow.
  • Solve root problems to maintain production flow.
  • Perform basic electrical, electronic, welding, machining, laser, vision system, robotic, and fluid power operations.
  • Apply electrical and mechanical machine control concepts.
  • Use technical documents to assemble, install, troubleshoot, and repair automated packaging systems.
  • Set up production lines.
  • Utilize local area network for remote system control.
  • Work effectively with a wide variety of packaging materials.
  • Apply communication skills to interact with people in business and industry.
  • Manage time and resources.
  • Accept responsibility.
  • Display a professional attitude.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 50 Credits
  • ARET1125 Power Transmission and Mechanical Systems 4
  • ARET1130 Maintenance Operations 2
  • ARET1140 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
  • ARET1155 Automation Controls 3
  • ARET1160 Packaging Machinery Systems 4
  • ARET1165 Vision Systems for QA/SPC 3
  • ARET1170 Troubleshooting Packaging Machinery 3
  • ARET1175 Industrial Electricity and Electronics I 3
  • ARET1180 Industrial Electricity and Electronics II 3
  • ARET1185 Sensor Applications 2
  • ARET1190 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
  • ARET1200 Introduction to Robotics 2
  • ARET2100 Advanced Automation Controls 4
  • ARET2105 Fluid Power Motion Control 2
  • ARET2110 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 4
  • ARET2150 Engineering Design and Fabrication 2
  • ARET2200 FANUC Robotics Operations 2
  • ARET2250 FANUC Vision Systems 1
General Education Requirements 4 Credits
  • COMM1050 Communication in the Workplace 2
  • PHYS1000 Fundamentals of Physics 2
  • MATH1007 Math for the Trades 2
  • MATH1050 Math Pathways Plus for College and Careers 4
  • MATH1060 Math Pathways for College and Careers 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 4 Credits
General Education Electives 2 Credits
  • Any HTC 1000 level
    higher general education course may be used to satisfy the elective requirements.

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