Fundamentals of Smart Automation, CoA

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

This Certificate of Achievement, Fundamentals of Smart Automation, will provide students with a well-rounded course of training in industrial operations, maintenance, and repairs. This certificate provides students with a strong base of knowledge in a variety of topics in manufacturing including workplace safety, electricity, robotics, mechanical systems, pneumatics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial networking, and IIoT. Students will work hands-on with state-of-the-art training equipment to practice operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing automated systems. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter the manufacturing workforce in high-demand positions such as machine operator and industrial maintenance technician.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications 1 3
MPT 101 Basics of Operations and Maintenance 3
MPT 102 Introduction to Programming for Mechatronics 3
MPT 111 Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation I 3
ELM 140 Industrial Robotics I 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
MPT 112 Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation II 3
MPT 114 Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation III 3
MPT 104 Introduction to IIoT, Networking and Data Analytics 6
MPT 135 Material Handling 2
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

See program recommendations or requirements.

Program Requirements

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Composition I
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Human Relations[3]
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: MPT 101, MPT 104, MPT 111, MPT 112, MPT 135, OSH 222.
Requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following courses: ELM 140, MPT 101, MPT 104, MPT 111, MPT 112.
Certificate Requirements
MPT 101Basics of Operations and Maintenance3
MPT 102Introduction to Programming for Mechatronics3
MPT 104Introduction to IIoT, Networking and Data Analytics6
MPT 111Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation I3
MPT 112Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation II3
MPT 114Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Automation III3
MPT 135Material Handling2
ELM 140Industrial Robotics I3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Total Units30

Program Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

PSLO1: Describe industry standard manufacturing and automation concepts and theories

PSLO2: Demonstrate essential entry level, industry standard skills related to safety and maintenance

PSLO3: Demonstrate the ability to operate industry standard smart automation equipment