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

Offered at: FRCC - Boulder County Campus

With an emphasis on hands-on discovery, the Automation and Engineering Technology program 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
    • Manufacturing Fundamentals certificate
    • Industrial Maintenance certificate
    • Industrial Automation & Robotics certificate

A.A.S Automation & Engineering Technology

61 credits
(4 semesters)

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: Required courses and descriptions.

Offered at Boulder County campus only.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this degree you will be able to:

  1. Maintain, install, modify, and troubleshoot industrial control circuits and automated systems.
  2. Program and integrate industrial robots into a manufacturing workflow.
  3. Install and troubleshoot automated systems that include Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
  4. Install, calibrate, and troubleshoot sensors, actuators, valves, controllers, and displays in applications controlling process variables such as temperature, level, flow, and pressure.
  5. Wire industrial motors and associated control circuits, including variable-frequency drives.
  6. Install, modify, and troubleshoot pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems and their controls.
  7. Maintain, install, and troubleshoot mechanical power transmission systems, including alignment, lubrication, and vibration analysis of gear, belt, and chain-driven components.
  8. Read and interpret prints used in the manufacturing, process control, and electrical industries, including assembly drawings, P&ID diagrams, and ladder logic schematics.
  9. Properly and safely use hand tools and electrical test equipment in the troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of electro-mechanical, process control, and robotics systems and related instrumentation.
  10. Safely participate in the installation and maintenance of industrial refrigeration systems.
  11. Perform and document routine maintenance of industrial equipment and systems.
  12. Work safely and professionally in a diverse, cross-functional team environment in an industrial setting.

Automation & Robotics Certificates

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

Manufacturing Fundamentals 

14 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: Required courses and descriptions.

Industrial Maintenance 

28 credits
(2 semesters)


The Industrial Maintenance 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 certificate: 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: Required 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 electromechanical equipment.


Engineering Technician Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Electro-Mechanical Technician

$52,222 $68,796 $77,083
Engineering Technician
$38,005 $60,179 $71,226

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2021)

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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