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Automation and Control Engineering Technology (ACET)

Industrial automation is the use of control systems, predominately computer based, to control industrial machinery and processes. Automation has and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the global economy as well as our daily experiences. The automation and control engineering technology program provides the knowledge and management skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in the field of automation.

Accreditation

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Enrollment & Graduation Data 

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Below are the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation:

PEO 1 Be employed in Automation and Control Engineering Technology related field(s)

PEO 2 Communicate well, think creatively, and work effectively independently and/or in teams

PEO 3 Continue education and professional development

PEO 4 Demonstrate ethical, social, and professional responsibility

Student Outcomes (SOs)

Below are the Student Outcomes (SOs) that describe what graduates are expected to attain by the time of graduation:

(1) an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;

(2) an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;

(3) an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

(4) an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and

(5) an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Careers

Are there career opportunities in the field of automation? Yes! The automation and control engineering technology program at ISU will equip you with the knowledge to launch a professional career in a wide variety of roles in business and industry that involve automated systems. Automation professionals are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.

Typical job positions include: automation engineer, controls engineer, production engineer, project engineer, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer and maintenance engineer. With experience you will advance to managerial positions such as: team leader, supervisor, project manager, maintenance manager and technical manager. With extended experience, automation professionals have the background to move into upper level management roles that exist in business and industry.

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