From welding to philosophy, FRCC has a program for you.

Is a bachelor's degree your goal? Our two-year associate degrees (A.A., A.S.) are guaranteed to transfer to four-year public schools in Colorado.

Need skills? Our technical degrees (A.A.S.) and certificates launch you into a career. Some certificates can be completed in just one semester.

Select a campus to see what programs are offered there.  Click on a program name for required classes, contacts, starting salaries, and more.

Automation & Engineering Technology Programs

With an emphasis on hands-on discovery, the Automation and Engineering Technology degree teaches the automation, electro-mechanical, process control, and troubleshooting skills required for success in technical manufacturing careers.

With this training, our skilled students land coveted positions across a variety of industries, including: robotics, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, brewing and food processing, semiconductor manufacturing, energy production and many more.

We offer two routes for automation engineering tech training:

  • A two-year A.A.S degree in Automation & Engineering Technology
  • Three progressive shorter-term certificates

Automation & Engineering Technology Degree

A.A.S Automation & Engineering Technology

61-62 credits
(4 semesters)

This Automation & Engineering Technology degree program prepares you to design, install, program, and maintain industrial machinery and automated industrial control systems in entry-level technician jobs. 

You’ll build highly sought-after skills through hands-on training and will gain valuable experience interacting with devices and systems, such as: electric motors and their controls, solenoids and relays, fluid power systems and controls, pumps and valves, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial robots, sensors and actuators, and other components.

Automation & Engineering Degree: See required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Boulder County campus only

Automation & Robotics Certificates

These three certificates are designed to be completed as a sequence, starting with Manufacturing Fundamentals.

Manufacturing Fundamentals 

15 credits
(1 semester)

The Manufacturing Fundamentals certificate prepares you for entry-level production and maintenance positions.

Introductory classes include: shop safety, print reading, basic hand tools, metrology, machining, technical mathematics, and electricity. Students also explore industries requiring automation, robotics, process control, and electro-mechanical skills. 

Manufacturing Fundamentals certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Industrial Maintenance Technology 

32 credits
(2 semesters)

 

The Industrial Maintenance Technology certificate prepares you to be an industrial maintenance technician.

Students study manufacturing basics such as safety, print reading, basic machining, and electrical fundamentals. Students complete an intensive hands-on study of industrial wiring and control cabinets, hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power systems, safe rigging practices, preventive maintenance and documentation, and mechanical power transmission systems.

Industrial Maintenance Technology certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Industrial Automation & Robotics

19 credits
(2 semesters)

 

The Industrial Automation & Robotics certificate prepares you to be an entry-level industrial automation and robotics technician.

Students learn about automated systems in manufacturing industries, and study Programmable Logic Controllers, process control and automation, industrial robotics, as well as principles of lean manufacturing.

Industrial Automation & Robotics certificate: See require courses and descriptions.

 

What Can I Do with an Automation Engineering Degree?

Someone with an automation engineering degree or certificate is a hot commodity — especially in Colorado. These days, there are more open manufacturing positions than skilled technicians to fill them!

With the hands-on training and you get at Front Range Community College, you can go on to have a successful manufacturing career as a:

  • Mechanical engineering technician
  • Automation engineering technician
  • Robotics engineering technician
  • Electro-mechanical technician

What Does a Mechanical Engineering Technician Do?

Mechanical, automation and robotics technicians work in a variety of environments assisting mechanical engineers in designing new products, testing prototypes and recording data. These technicians also spend time maintaining and repairing advanced mechanical systems, including industrial machinery, instruments and commercial products. They need to adhere to safety procedures, be skilled with tools and have solid written and oral communication skills.

Common mechanical engineering technician duties include:

  • Installing and repairing robotic systems
  • Conducting tests
  • Operating equipment

What Does an Electro-Mechanical Technician Do?

Electro-mechanical technicians combine their knowledge of mechanical technology and electrical control circuits. They operate, test, tune and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic or electro-mechanical equipment.

Engineering Technician Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Mechanical Engineering Technician
$46,669
$68,600
$79,565
Electro-Mechanical Technician  $48,768  $65,239  $73,474 
Other Engineering Technician  $41,624  $63,607  $74,599 

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2017)

Center for Integrated Manufacturing

Our Automation & Engineering Technology Program is offered at FRCC’s new, state-of-the-art Center for Integrated Manufacturing, located in Longmont, Colorado, near our Boulder County Campus.

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