Automation Systems Technology

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.
  • Cooperative education 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
    • Salary Range: $25,000-$60,000
    • Average Salary: $44,070
    • Median Salary: $47,803
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $28,578
    • Average Hourly Wage: $19.83
    • Three-year Average Salary: $44,795

Required Courses

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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

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Automation Systems Technology. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 67
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-MilwaukeeBachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Scienceup to 29
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 66
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

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


  • AAS, Waukesha County Technical College
Program instructor, James Schabowski

James Schabowski


  • Bachelor of Science --Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"Students have a lot going on in their lives so I strive to stay focused on what they will need to know to be successful in the labor force."