Automation & Engineering Technology





Do you dream of working in aerospace, energy production or robotics? Or perhaps you want to work for one of Colorado’s many breweries. Our automation & engineering technology degree and certificate program can help you get there.

You'll be prepared for a future in the in-demand field of advanced manufacturing with hands-on training in automation and engineering technology from FRCC.

Why Study Automation & Engineering Technology at Front Range Community College?

FRCC's automation and engineering technology program teaches you the skills you need for success in a technical manufacturing career.

With our hands-on training, you'll be ready for coveted positions across a variety of industries, including robotics, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, brewing and food processing, semiconductor manufacturing, energy production and more.

We offer two options for automation and engineering technology training:

  • A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in automation and engineering technology
  • Three progressive shorter-term certificates, designed to be completed as a sequence:
    • Manufacturing Fundamentals
    • Industrial Maintenance
    • Industrial Automation and Robotics 

And thanks to our partnerships with employers across the state, you can easily land a job in your specialty — sometimes even before you've finished your courses!

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With a scholarship up to $3000 plus the supports you need to succeed, the Metallica Scholars program can help you start a rewarding career in the trades.

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Program Options

AAS in Automation & Engineering Technology

Program Location: Boulder County

Total Credits: 61 credits (4 semesters)

You'll gain highly sought-after skills through hands-on training and 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, industrial robots, sensors and actuators and other components.

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Manufacturing Fundamentals Certificate

Program Location: Boulder County

Total Credits: 14 credits (1 semester)

This 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. You'll explore industries requiring automation, robotics, process control and electromechanical skills.

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Industrial Maintenance Certificate

Program Location: Boulder County

Total Credits: 28 credits (2 semesters)

This certificate prepares you to be an industrial maintenance technician. You'll study manufacturing basics such as safety, print reading, basic machining and electrical fundamentals. You'll 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.

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Industrial Automation and Robotics Certificate

Program Location: Boulder County

Total Credits: 19 credits (2 semesters)

This certificate prepares you to be an entry-level industrial automation and robotics technician. You'll learn about automated systems in manufacturing industries and study programmable logic controllers, process control and automation, industrial robotics and principles of lean manufacturing. Note: This certificate cannot be started until you have mastered competencies found in the Industrial Maintenance Certificate.

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Careers & Outcomes

Your degree or certificate can open doors for a career in a variety of settings.

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