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Industrial Automation Technology


Core Courses

  • Electrical Systems and Advanced Electrical Systems
  • Basic Mechanical Systems
  • Mechanical Power Transfer
  • Industrial Safety Mechanical Systems
  • Fluid Power
  • Digital Logic for Industrial Applications
  • Motors and Controls
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • PLC Programming
  • Electromechanical Maintenance
  • Machine Shop Processes
  • Fluid Power Systems II
  • Fluid Power Applications
  • Pneumatics
  • Hydraulics Troubleshooting
  • Semiconductors for Industrial Applications
  • DC Controls Circuits
  • PLCs II and III
  • General CNC Lathe Maintenance
  • Schematics for Electromechanical Techs
  • Advanced Fluid Power and Servo Systems
  • Electric Motor Drives
  • General CNC Mill Maintenance
  • Applied Industrial Robotics
  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Industrial Networking

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 71
Program Start: Fall

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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
Automation Technicians $43,800 $61,000 $69,600
Electrical Maintenance Technicians $42,700 $56,000 $62,800
General Maintenance and Repair Workers $26,300 $40,200 $47,200
Industrial Machinery Mechanics $38,000 $51,500 $58,300
Machinery Maintenance Workers $32,400 $42,500 $47,600
Robotics and CNC Technicians $42,300 $55,100 $61,500

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Industrial Automation Technology program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

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
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading
16 English 64 Sentence Skills 41 Writing 240 Writing
14 Math 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 240 Arithmetic
241 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements 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.

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Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Natasha Ceasar Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1062 Butler Hall 122
Buchanan Hall 126
Program Advisor Dan Utley Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1730 Butler Hall 123B
Program Advisor Mitchell Heldt Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1303 Butler Hall 127
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email me 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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