Why Automation and Engineering Technology?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and good jobs are available in automation and engineering technology for those with education beyond high school. Smart manufacturing values skills over labor. Learn the skills necessary to be successful in careers relating to automation and engineering technology.


average annual income


Percentage of job openings will be middle-skill through 2024


STEM jobs don’t require a four-year degree

About the Automation and Engineering Technology Cohort

The Automation and Engineering Technology Cohort is a pilot program that will create a community of learners with the aim of providing an academic and social support structure for 12-16 students entering the Automation and Engineering Technology associate degree. This support structure will provide services and programming, including counseling and advising, weekly professional development meetings, business and industry presentations, and tours. The cohort also will help develop meaningful interactions with students, faculty and staff.

Benefits of this cohort include:

  • Pre-planned program and course schedule
  • Individualized attention and study plans
  • Specialized academic advising and career guidance every step of the way
  • High level of collaboration with fellow students and program instructors
  • Exclusive professional experiences, including factory tours, presentations by industry experts, and internship and apprenticeship opportunities
  • A structure that provides academic and social support to students throughout their academic journey

Who Should Apply?

Students who are female, low income, first-generation, and/or from underrepresented ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. Students who are accepted into the cohort will be expected to be full-time students (15 credit hours per semester) for a two-year commitment.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the AET cohort application, which includes the Moraine Valley Admissions application and an admission fee waiver form, if applicable. Further instructions are provided on the application itself.

Applicants will be invited to interview with a selection committee. Following the completion of all applicant interviews, students will be notified if they've been accepted into the cohort.

Paying for college

Tuition assistance from federal, state and institutional sources is available based on need and eligibility. Federal and state aid is administered by the college's Financial Aid office. Institutional aid, which is awarded by the college's Foundation, includes more than 160 scholarships for both incoming and current students ranging from $250 to $5,000.

Potential Careers in Automation and Engineering Technology

Automation Technician

Robotics Technician

Mechatronics Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Electrical Maintenance Technicican

Mechanical Maintenance Technician

PLC Technician

Industrial Networking


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