Industrial automation is the use of control systems, predominately computer based, to control industrial machinery and processes. Automation has and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the global economy as well as our daily experiences. The automation and control engineering technology program provides the knowledge and management skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in the field of automation.
Course work includes study in the following areas:
The program is distinctive in its emphasis on blending the diverse disciplines involved in automation, along with classroom learning and practical experiences.
Are there career opportunities in the field of automation? Yes! The automation and control engineering technology program at ISU will equip you with the knowledge to launch a professional career in a wide variety of roles in business and industry that involve automated systems. Automation professionals are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.
Typical job positions include: automation engineer, controls engineer, production engineer, project engineer, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer and maintenance engineer. With experience you will advance to managerial positions such as: team leader, supervisor, project manager, maintenance manager and technical manager. With extended experience, automation professionals have the background to move into upper level management roles that exist in business and industry.
The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Automation and Control Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Further, the ACET curriculum at ISU has been developed to align with the knowledge domains established by ISA for their Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. Graduates of the ACET program will be expected to pass the CAP Associate exam as part of their coursework.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For information about these awards, visit the College of Technology.