Automation Student

Automation Systems Technology

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Interested in building robots or creating automated systems to efficiently perform repetitive tasks? Automated systems have become the standard in many industries to provide reliable ways to program and control machine movements. The Automation Systems Technology (AST) program focuses on the integration of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and robotic methods. Learn about robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) the principles of automation and how they apply to multiple businesses and industries, and develop skills to work with complex computers and machinery in automated production lines.

  • Prepare for jobs such as automated systems technician, controls technician, system designer or field service technician.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school Project Lead the Way courses.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $49,484

Program Code 10-664-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 605-188 PLC 12+ 
 612-115 Industrial Pneumatic Systems2  
 664-165 Fabrication-Automation Systems2  
 414-186 Industrial Electricity2+*
 612-110 Industrial Hydraulic Systems2 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 462-100 Mechanical Repair3  
 605-129 Elect Pwr Ctrl & Motors3+ 
 605-138 SS Devices for Automation2  
 605-189 PLC 22  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 806-139 Survey of Physics3  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 605-139 Human Machine Interfaces3  
 605-191 PLC 32  
 605-196 Drives and Intro to Servos2  
 605-197 Sensors and Process Control2  
 664-160 Robotics and Servo Control3  
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 809-195 Economics3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 605-193 PLC - Siemens Controllers2  
 664-161 Automation Systems3  
 664-162 Robotics Applications3  
 606-153 Internship - Applied Tech1 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
806-139 Survey of Physics 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Colorado State University-Global CampusBS Business Managementup to 64
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 50%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Jesse Stuller

Jesse Stuller

Phone: 262.691.5573


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