Skip to Content

Students in Robotics lab

Automation Systems Technology (Robotics)

Main Content

Degree Type
60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • On Campus
  • Daytime

Automated systems have become standard in many industries to provide reliable ways to program and control machine movements. In this program, learn about robotics and programmable logic controllers, discover how automation principles apply to business/industry, and develop skills to work with complex computers and machinery in automated production lines.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

Program Details

Open AllClose All
Contact Us

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

Potential Careers

If you like to program or operate robots, have an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), are a logical thinker and a complex problem solver, a career in automation systems technology might be for you. This solutions-focused career is great for analytical thinkers.

  • Automation Systems Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • System Designer
  • Field Service Technician
  • Industrial Controls Technician
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

Open AllClose All
Career Salaries

$46,800 – $69,300 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Develop skills in WCTC’s state-of-the-art Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center.
  2. Hands-on training includes programming state-of-the-art Fanuc robots.
  3. Partner with organizations such as Discovery World to build automated systems that engage and inspire students.

Similar Programs

Please wait while we gather your results.
Mechatronics student

Mechatronics Technician

Explore robotics and programmable logic controllers, and discover how automation principles apply to business/industry.

Related Certificates

Please wait while we gather your results.

Automation - Control and Interface

Explore the fundamentals of electronics, current circuits, semiconductor materials and component operation.

Automation - Industrial PLCs

Learn the newest programming language using cutting-edge hardware automation controller platforms.

Program Pathway

Earn certificates, technical diplomas and/or industry credentials along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Automation Systems Technology Pathway

Earn credit for prior learning for the college-level knowledge and skills that you've already acquired through advanced high school classes, previous ollege coursework, self-study, military training work or volunteer experience.

More Credit Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

Explore Transfer Agreements