Program Description

The Automation Systems Technology Associate Degree program prepares learners to work with integrated machine systems that involve industrial automation, robotics, mechanics, computers, industrial communications and/or electronics technology.

Approximate Cost

$11,875
Tuition: $10152 , Books: $1723

Starting Salary

$33,280–$46,654
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available
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The application takes just a few minutes to complete.

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
50-60%
at Antigo
50-60%
at Medford
50-60%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
20-30%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Integrate automation and mechanical control systems
  • Perform work safely
  • Communicate technical information
  • Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems and devices

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Automation Technician
  • Controls Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Controls Designer

Courses

The Automation Systems Technology Associate Degree is a 60-61 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

FLUID POWER SYSTEMS 1: FUNDAMENTALS 1.00
FLUID POWER SYSTEMS 2: FUNDAMENTALS OF PNEUMATICS 1.00
MACHINE CONTROL 1: LADDER LOGIC FUNDAMENTALS 1.00
MACHINE CONTROL 2: MOTOR AND ACTUATOR CONTROL 1.00
MACHINE CONTROL 3: SENSORS AND MACHINE SAFETY 1.00
INDUSTRY WORKPLACE SAFETY 1.00
ELECTRICAL FABRICATION 1.00
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 1 - DIRECT CURRENT ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS 1.00
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 2 - ALTERNATING CURRENT ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS 1.00
GENERAL PHYSICS 1 4.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS 4.00
COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS 3.00

Second Term

ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF ROBOTIC CONTROL 1.00
ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS 2: ROBOTIC SYSTEM COMPONENTS AND SOFTWARE 1.00
ROBOTIC APPLICATIONS 3: AUTOMATED ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEMS INTERFACING 1.00
PLC 1: PLC FUNDAMENTALS AND BIT BASED INSTRUCTIONS 1.00
PLC 2: TIMERS, COUNTERS AND PROGRAM CONTROL 1.00
PLC 3: DATA, MATH, SEQUENCER AND SHIFT INSTRUCTIONS 1.00
INTRO TO MICROCONTROLLERS 1.00
INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY 3 - ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS AND DEVICES 1.00
AUTOCAD ELECTRICAL 1.00
COLLEGE PHYSICS 2 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

INDUSTRIAL MOTORS 2: DC/AC VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR DRIVES 1.00
SERVO SYSTEMS 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS 1.00
SERVO SYSTEMS 2: MOTION CONTROL SYSTEMS 1.00
SERVO SYSTEMS 3: ADVANCED POSITION CONTROL AND INTEGRATION 1.00
PLC 4: ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONS AND PROGRAMMING 1.00
PLC 5: INDUSTRIAL NETWORKING 1.00
PLC 6: PLC, PAC AND PC AUTOMATION INTEGRATION 1.00
ETHERNET IP 1.00
FACTORY TALK ME VISUALIZATION FOUNDATIONS 1.00
NEEDS ANALYSIS 1.00
REMOTE IO FOR PLC APPLICATIONS 1.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Fourth Term

INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS 1.00
SCADA SYSTEMS 1 1.00
CAPSTONE CELL INTEGRATION 4.00
ADVANCED DRIVE APPLICATIONS 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO SAFETY PLC PROGRAMMING 1.00
SCADA SYSTEMS 2 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Automation Systems Technology Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.