Industrial Automation Technology

Program Pathways

Industrial Equipment Maintenance Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 32
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 9 months
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Industrial Automation Technology – AAS
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Digital Logic for Industrial Applications -OR-
    PLTW - Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fluid Power
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Industrial Safety Mechanical Systems
Term 2
  • Electromechanical Maintenance
  • Fluid Power Systems II
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Machine Shop Processes
  • Motors and Controls
  • PLC Programming
Math Electives
  • Calculus I
  • Intermediate Algebra

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to terms 3 and 4* of the Industrial Automation Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or graduate and enter the workforce.

* Students continuing to terms 3 and 4 of the Industrial Automation Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree will also need to complete PSY-102 Human and Work Relations, or PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology, or SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology.

Industrial Automation Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 66
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Industrial Automation Technology – AAS
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Digital Logic for Industrial Applications -OR-
    PLTW - Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fluid Power
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Industrial Safety Mechanical Systems
Term 2
  • Electromechanical Maintenance
  • Fluid Power Systems II
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Machine Shop Processes
  • Motors and Controls
  • PLC Programming
Term 3
  • DC Controls Circuits
  • Hydraulics Troubleshooting
  • PLCs II
  • Pneumatics
  • Schematics for Electromechanical Techs
  • Semiconductors for Industrial Applications
Term 4
  • Applied Industrial Robotics
  • Electric Motor Drives
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • General CNC Mill Maintenance
  • Industrial Networking
  • PLCs III

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Industrial Automation Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program.

Careers

Positions

Graduates generally work in industrial maintenance positions and find employment in manufacturing, food processing, and business environments. Positions include but are not limited to:

  • CNC installation/maintenance technician
  • Industrial electricians
  • Industrial mechanics
  • Industrial programmers
  • Industrial maintenance workers

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment $50,600 $61,200 $66,500
General Maintenance and Repair Workers $29,500 $43,200 $50,100
Industrial Machinery Mechanics $39,800 $52,700 $59,200
Machinery Maintenance Workers $41,000 $53,400 $59,600
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians $41,500 $56,300 $63,700
Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians
(Robotics Technicians)
$47,300 $64,600 $73,300

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Advanced Heat Treat Corporation Waterloo, IA
Blackhawk Engineering Cedar Falls, IA
ConAgra Foods, Inc. Waterloo, IA
Iowa Laser Technology Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo, IA
Nestlé USA Waverly, IA
Rockwell Automation Cedar Rapids, IA
Target Distribution Center Cedar Falls, IA
TDS Automation, Inc. Waverly, IA
Tyson Foods, Inc. Waterloo, IA

Program Admission

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Industrial Automation Technology program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACT ACCUPLACER Next Generation GPA
Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 14 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
2.00
Reading 76 82 19 251 2.80
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Program Contacts

Admissions
Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Natasha Ceaser Email Natasha Ceaser 319-296-4014 ext.1062 Buchanan Hall 126
Faculty Advisor
Mitchell Heldt Email Mitchell Heldt 319-296-2329 ext.1303 Bremer Hall 153
Faculty Advisor
Seth Seda Email Seth Seda 319-296-2329 ext.1730 Butler Hall 123B
Administrative Assistant
Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Butler Hall 131
Dean
David Grunklee Email David Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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