Automation and Robotics - Associate of Applied Science

The Automation and Robotics Program prepares students for careers in the automated manufacturing industry. Students will learn to develop, install, and maintain automated systems commonly used in modern manufacturing. Course topics include electrical, mechanical, and fluid power systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial robotics. Program graduates have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials and are ready to enter the workforce as automation and maintenance technicians.

Note: Students will not be eligible to graduate with both an Associate of Applied Science in Automation and Robotics and an Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Install, repair and maintain automated systems used in manufacturing
Ensure manufacturing equipment is safe and effective
Work in a variety of settings
Find entry-level work in a lucrative industry

Possible Careers

Automaton technician
Maintenance technician
Automation analyst
Robotics engineer
Robotics architect

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Danelle Maxwell
Industrial & Manufacturing Department Chair


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