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Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny



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The Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology program prepares students for a career as a technician in industrial manufacturing. At the end of the program, students should be able to diagnose and repair industrial equipment ranging from the basic motor control devices used in hard automation to the sophisticated industrial robots and computer-integrated manufacturing cells that utilize microprocessors for programming and servo control.

The curriculum includes both fundamental technologies and system applications. Upon program completion, students may seek employment maintaining plant equipment with area manufacturers, or with companies that produce process control or robotic devices.

Program Details


Pathway: Engineering & Manufacturing


More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester


Graduation Requirements


To earn a Robotics & Control Systems Engineering Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 2


Option 1 - Select 1 Course


Semester 3


Semester 5


Option 3 - Select 3-4 Credits


It is encouraged to have a conversation with your navigator or program chair to select the courses that help meet your career objectives while maintaining your academic timeline.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 68*


*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semeser 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 685 300 250 600 450
Supplies 110 100   150  

Approximate total for program: $15,769**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Repair motor control devices and automated equipment.
  • Perform installation and configuration of process control and robotic equipment including PLCs, servos, and vision systems.
  • Perform update modifications of existing systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and periodic performance checks.
  • Maintain service records of equipment.
  • Interact with managerial and operational work force in the industrial processing field.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics and industrial equipment.
  • Apply such knowledge to problems surrounding the operation, installation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of process control and robotic equipment.
  • Communicate with industrial processing people, both the managers and the operational work force, about the safe operation, installation and modification of equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand the technical manuals and other literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.
  • May include physically strenuous activities. 

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?


  • Graduates are employed as automation technicians in fields such as computer automated water treatment systems, mail sorting automation, security, computer-controlled systems, manufacturing, environmental control and automated food processing.
  • May work irregular hours and may have occasional “on-call” duties.
  • 2020 Annual Median Pay: $67,550.

Program Competencies


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics and industrial equipment
  2. Appraise problems surrounding the operation, installation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of robotic electronic systems
  3. Communicate with managers and staff regarding the safe operation, installation, and modification of electronic systems
  4. Demonstrate ability to understand technical manuals and other literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.
  5. Employ logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in the troubleshooting of electronic systems and motion control systems

AY2025

Competencies revised date:


AY 2023

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Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
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Education, Public, and Human Services
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Manufacturing
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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