Robotics/Automated Systems Technician Diploma

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Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Robotics/Automated Systems Technician program of study prepares students to be employed as industrial automation technicians. Graduates are trained for entry-level jobs involving the implementation, installation, and maintenance of industrial automation systems. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

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

First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls 2.0 Credit(s)
ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I 5 Credit(s)
IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation 3.0 Credit(s)
IND 197 - Industrial Engineering Technology Orientation 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

ATR 113 - Industrial Robotics 3.0 Credit(s)
ATR 114 - Industrial Robotics Lab 2.0 Credit(s)
ELT 250 - Programmable Logic Controllers 3.0 Credit(s)
ELT 251 - Programmable Logic Controllers Lab 2.0 Credit(s)
ELT 201 - Circuit Analysis II 5.0 Credit(s)
  • Technical Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 2
  • Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required 34.0


    1 May substitute for MAT 102 or higher.

    2 Technical Electives must be selected from the following subjects:

    Technical Electives

    ATR 113 Industrial Robotics

    ATR 114 Industrial Robotics Lab

    CAD 139 Introduction to CAD/CAM
    ELE 326 Basics of Wiring

    ELE 227 Electrical Blueprint Reading

    ELE 326 Basics of Wiring  

    ELT 252 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

    ELT 253 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers Lab  (this word is omitted 
    EGR 160 PLTW -Engineering I

    HCR 208 Boilers and Hydronic Systems

    HCR 458 Alternative Energy Sources
    LEO 230 Fundamentals of Light and Lasers

    LEO 360 Lasers in Manufacturing
    MFG 145 Light Machining for Maintenance Trades

    MFG 156 Introduction to CAD/CAM

    MFG 222 Machine Operations I

    NET 790 PC Support I
    SER 195 Advanced Solar Energy: Photovoltaic

    WEL 149 Arc Welding

    WTT143 Mechanical Power Transmissions

    WTT 202 Advanced Wind Energy


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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 effective and interpersonal communication as an individual and as a team member.

    Program Disclaimers

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