Robotics/Automated Systems Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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Industrial Technology

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Robotics and automated systems engineering technologies are producing one of the world’s fastest growing career opportunities for highly trained, skilled technicians. Students in the Robotics/Automated Systems Technology program can obtain that training in a unique learning environment at Iowa Western. Through a partnership with Acieta of Council Bluffs, Iowa Western students will spend about half of their time in the classroom learning applied robotics, robot controller maintenance, electronics, circuits, and programming. The other half of their time is spent applying their laboratory projects in the lab at Acieta, working with the same high-tech robots and controllers used by today’s leading manufacturing firms. Graduates of this program will be qualified to assemble, install, program, troubleshoot, and maintain robotics and automated systems equipment as technicians in many industries, including manufacturing, biomedical, government, and food processing. In addition, students can apply the skills they learn to other career fields, including electronic systems and equipment, telecommunications, and power distribution.

Job Outlook

409 Jobs (2020)

+5.6% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The program prepares students for careers in many industries, including manufacturing, bio-medical, food service, telecommunications, and government as technicians who assemble, program, install, maintain, and troubleshoot robotics and automated systems equipment.


  • Entry: $13.19
  • Average: $16.51
  • Experienced: $26.01

Career Examples

  • Electrical Assemblers
  • Assembly Technicians
  • Automation Technicians
  • Production Assemblers
  • Control Specialists
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • Installation Technicians
  • Assembly operators

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First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls

ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I

IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation

IND 197 - Industrial Engineering Technology Orientation

MAT 743 - Technical Math

Second Semester

ATR 113 - Industrial Robotics

ATR 114 - Industrial Robotics Lab

ELT 250 - Programmable Logic Controllers

ELT 251 - Programmable Logic Controllers Lab

ELT 201 - Circuit Analysis II


ATR 119 - Engineering Graphics and Design

EGT 400 - PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design

EGR 400 - PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design

WEL 149 - Arc Welding

Third Semester

ATR 124 - Application Planning and Layout

ATR 133 - Fluid Power Systems

ATR 140 - Applied Robotics Lab I

ELT 252 - Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

ELT 253 - Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers Lab

ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace

Fourth Semester

ATR 147 - Applied Robotics Lab II

ATR 152 - Robot Controller Maintenance

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

Total Semester Hours Required 76.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in electrical systems.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in mechanical systems.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in creating program code.
  • Analyze and apply specific troubleshooting knowledge and technology in the areas of electrical, mechanical, software and program code.
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills as an individual and as a team member.

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