Automated Systems Technology (AST); The Integration of Electrical and Mechanical Systems
Automated Systems Technology, Diploma (Year One)
In Pine Technical & Community College’s AST program, the student will be introduced to both electrical and mechanical systems and learn how they work together. Students will focus on building a foundation of knowledge in AC and DC Electricity, Fluid Power Systems, Mechanical Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Motor Controls, and Robotics.
Students will be able to develop both the technical skills that are associated with the subjects above and soft skills by working on projects by themselves, within groups and learning their part in the bigger picture. They will learn how the importance of teamwork and how individual responsibilities correlate to the overall success of a project. These projects will be run in a similar fashion as projects in industry, the students will become familiar with project scopes, timelines, system designs, project documentation, individual and group responsibilities, system testing, troubleshooting, machine startups and training.
Due to the accelerating rate of change involved with technology we use in the Automated Systems field, not only will we be building our base knowledge and hard skills, we will also be focusing on learning how to learn or learning how to find information and apply it.
After completing the 1 year Diploma, students will have a number of career paths become available, such as Maintenance Technician, Electrical Technician, Controls Technician, and a Robotics Technician. In addition the number of career paths there are also a number of options to continue their education.
Building on the 1 year diploma, the A.A.S. degree will add other valuable skills that will include Human Machine Interface (HMI) programming, welding, machining, increased knowledge in PLCs and Robotics, Industrial Programming. There will be more potential to take on larger and more complicated projects that will increase both the technical and soft skills that are demanded in industry. With the A.A.S. degree, career and further educational paths will be expanded.