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Automation and Robotics Center

The Perfect Home for Industrial-Strength Training

The Automation and Robotics Center connects you with the latest in manufacturing technologies. Businesses and individuals turn to the Automation and Robotics Center for trainings and stackable certifications.

With stackable credentials, individuals can progress from a short-term certificate into other certificates and degrees with overlapping skills and requirements. We offer the education you need to level up your Industry 4.0 capabilities.

A First-in-Iowa Environment

Hawkeye is the first in the state to implement a training environment of fully connected systems. The Center’s training lab begins with focused individual learning stations—from electrical systems to mechanical and pneumatic systems. The lab sequence culminates in hands-on training with a seamless system in which all the parts work together, just as they do in the factory.

Training Programs in Automation and Robotics

Industrial Maintenance

Time: 8 months, full-time days

Industrial Maintenance grounds you in all the areas that keep a modern plan running:

  • Electrical systems
  • Motors
  • Motor controls
  • Pneumatics
  • Hydraulics
  • Mechanical systems

Become an Industrial Maintenance Technician

Get the Basics

Time: 3 months, 2–3 hours/day, for each level

Learn how Smart Manufacturing works and pick up the essentials for working with industrial automation and robots at different levels:

  • Industry 4.0 Basic Operations
  • Industry 4.0 Advanced Operations
  • Industry 4.0 Robot System Operations
  • Industry 4.0 IIoT, Networking and Data Analytics

Earn SACA Associate Certifications in Basic and Advanced Operations.

Earn Industry 4.0 Certifications

Specialize Your Skills

Timing varies.

After you know the basics, keep stacking specialized SACA certifications to be the plant expert on:

  • Lead Operations Specialist
  • Electrical Systems Specialist
  • Robotic Systems
  • Mechanical Systems Specialist
  • Control Systems Specialist
  • Automation Systems Specialist

Become a Robotics Specialist

CNC Machining

Time: 4 months

The CNC Machining and Turning Concepts program prepares you for an entry-level CNC career.

Become a CNC Machinist

Industry-Standard Equipment and Systems

The Automation and Robotics Center will allow learners to gain real, relevant Industry 4.0 skills and experience. This groundbreaking approach to teaching includes a multi-station automated manufacturing system that integrates mechatronics, robotics, conveyors, automated mobile robots, and a range of standard and emerging technologies:

  • Haas CNC simulators
  • FANUS CNC simulators
  • Amatrol Skills Trainers

Advance at Your Own Pace

Every module, every certification depends on you showing that you know what you’re doing. That’s it. Move fast through the areas that come easily to you. Take more time to master the others.

As you prove competency, you move forward, at your pace. With our open lab model, you can take the next step and show your skills anytime the lab is open.

Connect with Employers

You work with ultramodern training equipment and curriculum developed based on what industry uses and needs. Our apprenticeship programs are another way to tie your training closely with the needs of an employer.

Industry Driven


Time: varies

Registered Apprenticeships link your training to a job with a local employer. Learn and earn as you go.

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SACA Certifications

Time: Self-paced, often 3 months, 2-3 hours/day, for each level

Training at the Automation and Robotics Center at Hawkeye prepares you for the certification from the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA). Pass an online, written exam in our testing center to earn a silver SACA certification in a set of skills. Demonstrate your hands-on competency in our lab to earn a gold SACA certification in those skills.

Certify your skills


The training environment at the Automation and Robotics Center replicates the industrial environment. This is an open lab concept, with flexible spaces organized by equipment and task area.

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Industry 4.0: Intelligent Automation

At its core, Industry 4.0 means combining the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with cyber-physical systems (like robots) and advanced automation technologies to bring improvements in manufacturing efficiency and productivity.

Workforce 4.0: Upskilling to Meet Demand

To keep up with competition and advancing tech, you need skilled people who work well in your company. Bring your Industry 4.0 workforce needs to the Automation and Robotics Center. We can connect you with people completing relevant trainings, help you organize an apprenticeship pipeline, and create custom trainings for your current employees.

Standard and Custom Trainings for Industry

All curriculum is module based and can be stacked for industry-recognized credentials from recognized leaders including FANUC, Rockwell, and the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA). We can customize our offerings for the specific job skills you need.

Ready to Learn More?

Reach out to the Automation and Robotics Center by completing the form below, emailing us, or calling 319-296-4447.

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Location and Contact Information

Automation and Robotics Center

TechWorks Campus
360 Westfield Ave
Waterloo, IA 50701


Email the Automation and Robotics Center


Kent Wolfe
319-296-2329 ext.3004

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