Moraine Valley additionally offers five supplemental certificate programs that includes, Additive Manufacturing Specialist, Architectural CAD, AutoCAD Specialist, Autodesk Inventor Specialist, and Mechanical Drafting Associate.

What Can I Do With An A.A.S. In Automation and Engineering Technology?

This program prepares students for a career in the production automation, robotics, and industrial networking. This program provides in-depth knowledge and practical experience in production automation, robotics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Students will be working with state-of-the-art equipment including industrial robotics systems and automation controllers. Students focus
their studies in five high-demand tracks: CAD Automation, Electrical Automation, IT Automation, Mechanical Automation, and Mechatronics.

Job Outlook

Employment of electro-mechanical technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Many of these technicians are employed in manufacturing industries that are projected to experience employment declines.

Electro-mechanical technicians are generalists in technology, and their broad skill set will help sustain their employment, especially as their skills working with machines wired to computer control systems grow in importance in the manufacturing sector. These technicians may play a role in assisting with the automation of various production processes. For example, technicians may be needed to operate and maintain mechanical sensors that are increasingly used in the automation of manufacturing plants and warehouses.

Demand for electro-mechanical technicians is likely to grow as demand increases for engineers to design and build new equipment in various fields. Consequently, employers will likely seek out electro-mechanical technicians with knowledge of photonics to help implement and maintain automated processes.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Additive Manufacturing Specialist Certificate

This program is designed to provide a thorough examination of the technologies and processes involved in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Classes will examine the major technologies in the field, industrial applications, new and emerging processes, as well as exploring Design for Additive
Manufacturing concepts.

Architectural CAD Certificate

This program prepares the student for a career in the architecture and civil engineering fields as a CAD specialist. Two- and three-dimensional animated computer images are created, edited, and produced.

AutoCAD Specialist Certificate

This program is designed to provide extensive breadth and depth of knowledge of AutoCAD design software. Students will complete courses utilizing two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawing and modeling. The courses are not discipline-specific, but instead focus on the software.

Autodesk Inventor Specialist Certificate

This program provides an in-depth, focused study of three-dimensional modeling of mechanical parts and assemblies concentrating on parametric, adaptive design techniques, and photo-realistic rendering.

Mechanical Drafting Associate Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in mechanical drafting and computer aided design (CAD). Development of drafting/CAD skills and practical applications are stressed.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
AutoCAD SpecialistCertificate1363Computer Integrated Technologies
Autodesk Inventor SpecialistCertificate1339Computer Integrated Technologies
Automation and Engineering TechnologyA.A.S.1521Computer Integrated Technologies
Mechanical Drafting AssociateCertificate1220Computer Integrated Technologies



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