Automation Engineering Technology


Program Manager:

Ben Hamlett


(208) 732-6374


Focus Area Advisor:

Edith Hurley


(208) 732-6228


Program Overview:

The Automation Engineering Technology Program is a hands-on, technical program designed to provide students with the necessary skills to obtain a position in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing is very broad and encompasses many different industries and sectors; like food processing, automobiles, paper and plastic manufacturers, etc. To manufacture something is to make something. No matter where you look you are using items that have been manufactured. Automation is the key to the future for manufacturing and people are needed to create and maintain the automation process. Students will learn about PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMIs (Human Machine Interface), electronics, circuits, and automation and process control theories. If you like making things, this degree program is for you. In our laboratory we have a variety of equipment that is used in the local manufacturing industry as well as offering a variety of internships to gain real world experience. Students in the program can earn a Basic Technical Certificate, an Intermediate Technical Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science.

Gainful Employment:

Gainful Employment data for this program may be found on the department web page:

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Automation Engineering Technology program, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic electronics knowledge in class and lab activities.
  2. Manipulate control systems in class and lab activities.
  3. Generate a working knowledge of Lean manufacturing terms and practices
  4. Analyze electrical and electronic systems during class and project activities.
  5. Demonstrate testing and troubleshooting different circuits using electronic test equipment with projects and labs.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of sensors and instruments by properly using them in a system.
  7. Demonstrate basic knowledge in PLC programming and operation by simulation and projects.

Program Requirements for Admission:

Program Application Required

Career Information:

Electro-Mechanical Technicians, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Industrial Engineering Technicians