The Automated Manufacturing Technology program provides training that prepares students to set and operate manufacturing equipment, handle inspection devices, analyze production problems, and the potential to move into supervision of manufacturing. The program provides a balance between practical training in manufacturing processes and technical education in manufacturing analysis, planning, and control with supporting emphasis in communications, mathematics, science and business. Students obtain a strong background in machining, engineering graphics, material handling and processing, computers (CADD/CAM, CIM, CNC), manufacturing analysis and planning, and leadership skills. To prepare for entry into the program courses in metal or wood shop, mechanical drawing, English, mathematics, physics, and computers are strongly recommended. Activity in clubs or organizations which emphasize leadership skills is also recommended. There is an opportunity for students to work in industry for a specified time and receive college credit, or to convert work and life experience into college credit for this program. Those interested in such an opportunity are encouraged to contact their advisor for further details at the time of registration. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the program’s Automated Manufacturing Club.
Upon completion of the Automated Manufacturing Technology A.A.S. degree, the student will be able to demonstrate the abilities to:
Quality control positions in manufacturing, millwright positions, machining center positions, and fluid power industry positions are only some of the places in which employment can be found.
Graduates are able to work directly with the engineer on projects in the plant. Job setting will be on the floor, working with production people and all related crafts in successfully coordinating applications and troubleshooting problems. Positions may be found in the following areas: CNC machining, industrial electronics, computer systems for automated manufacturing, fabrication, and project development.
Students are strongly recommended to obtain English, mathematics, physics, mechanical drawing, a computer language, and club or organization leadership skills in high school.
Salaries in automated manufacturing are related to ability, employer needs, and industry standards. Beginning salaries range from $1,500 to $2,500 per month; salaries after five years ranging from $2,000 to $3,500 per month in paper, wood, steel, aluminum manufacturing plants, and engineering test labs.
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