Automated Systems Technician

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Automated Systems Technician Program consists of courses from basic electronic concepts and safety to courses in computer and smart device controlled systems. It is designed to prepare students for employment in the automated manufacture, assembly, and testing of electronic circuit devices.

Recommended High School Preparation

Courses in electricity, electronics, English, algebra, physics, chemistry, and computers.

Program costs

In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies), laboratory materials fees may be required. Students will be responsible for providing some of their own parts and a basic electronics tool kit. These will be available as ready-made sets in the College Store. For specific class-required materials and texts, check with the electronics faculty or the College Store. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate safe work practices for automated systems equipment.
  • demonstrate the proper use of basic test equipment to include digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, and digital or analog signal sources.
  • use a standard schematic diagram of an automated system to identify its digital or analog parts.
  • explain common automated systems terminology for digital and analog devices.
  • estimate automated system circuit performance using mathematical tools.
  • analyze and compare calculated automated system circuit performance to actual performance.
  • measure common automated system parameters using appropriate test equipment.
  • set up and install basic automated system equipment.
  • design proper preventive maintenance, calibration and system testing procedures for automated equipment.
  • perform proper preventive maintenance, calibration and system testing on automated equipment.
  • diagnose common automated system failures down to the source of the problem.
  • solve automated system problems by replacing failed hardware or software parts.

Associate in Science Degree

The Automated Systems Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.