Automation Technology

Next class starts: 11/6/2023

View full schedule here.

Registration Eligibility: Adults & High School Juniors & Seniors

High school students must be age 16 or older. Learn more.

Transfer Credit Opportunity

Credit hours for completing this program can be transferred to UVU and USU. Learn more.


Lehi Trades & Tech Campus
Orem Campus


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Automated manufacturing specialists are in high demand in Utah. Utah’s manufacturing industry employs people in every industry from Electronics to Aerospace. Our program focuses on a hands-on approach to specialize students in manufacturing equipment maintenance, operation, and the design of processes for new products being built. 

Graduates of this program will learn to utilize industry-standard tools, manufacturing equipment, and procedures for automated manufacturing. You will learn important manufacturing principles such as 6 Sigma, lean manufacturing, and 5S’s. These skills will help you make your workplace and station efficient and reduce variation in work.

In your coursework you will learn how to design products through a 3D computer-automated drafting program, prototype products using 3D printers, and learn how to build products as quickly and efficiently as possible. Students will also learn several different systems that are used to create high-quality products consistently, including hydraulic and pneumatic, electronic, motor control, programmable logic controllers, and finish with assembly line robotics and mechatronics.

Previous graduates have found success as assembly line leads and technicians, automated technicians, robotic specialists, machine technicians and operators, rapid prototypers, and automated troubleshooters.

For more information, contact the Program Lead.
Employee photo Jeffrey Erickson
Jeffery Erickson

Adults and high school students who are age 16 and older and at least a junior in high school.

Registration is open on the last Monday of each month. Students usually start the first Monday of the following month. To check seat availability, create a new student account in the MTECH Student Portal and check seat availability or call Student Services at 801-753-6282.

  • Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.
  • Students enrolling in this program are required to meet with an MTECH Academic and Career Counselor prior to registration. High School students are encouraged to be accompanied by a parent. To schedule an appointment please visit
  • Students must satisfy the entrance requirements with the testing center.
Non-TermLehi Trades & Tech125non-termnon-term7:30 AM10:30 AMM-F
Non-TermLehi Trades & Tech125non-termnon-term11:30 AM2:30 PMM-F
Non-TermLehi Trades & Tech125non-termnon-term6:00 PM9:00 PMM-TH
Non-TermOrem107non-termnon-term7:30 AM10:30 AMM-F
Non-TermOrem107non-termnon-term11:30 AM2:30 PMM-F
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Total hours: 900
Course Descriptions
Course NameCourse HoursCourse CreditsExternship/Clinical/ WBL CreditsTuition ($120/credit hour)Course Fees
Essential Skills and Safety9030$360.00$242.00
Industrial Mechanics9030$360.00$0.00
Electrical Systems6020$240.00$0.00
Motor Controls9030$360.00$42.00
Programmable Logic Controllers I12040$480.00$0.00
Applied System Diagnostics6020$240.00$0.00
Electronics Soldering3010$120.00$30.00
Conduit Bending3010$120.00$15.00
HMI & PLC Troubleshooting9030$360.00$0.00
Robotics I3010$120.00$0.00
Fanuc Robot3010$120.00$100.00
Introduction to RF Plasma301$120.00
Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing6020$240.00$0.00
Rotating Machines 6020$240.00$0.00
Basic VFD Operation3010$120.00$0.00
Electro-Fluid Power3010$120.00$0.00
Welding Simulator3010$120.00$0.00
Introduction to Statistical Process Control3010$120.00$0.00
Sensors, Timers3010$120.00$0.00
Wiring Board3010$120.00$0.00
Lean and Six Sigma3010$120.00$0.00
Mechanical Drives and Laser Alignment6020$240.00$0.00
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Registration Fee:$40.00
Required Materials:$344.00
Industry Exam Fee:$0.00
Fees:varies based on elective choices
Tuition/Fees Subtotal:$3,640.00
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Required MaterialsQuantityNotes (ISBN numbers, etc)Cost
Safety Glasses1Available at the bookstore$4.00
SACA1Students will be charged for this at any point in enrollment if the subscription is not active ($42/year)included in fees
Amatrol e-Learning1 12 months is included in student fees; Additional 6 month license can be purchased, if needed; MTECH tuition will cover $283 and students pay fees for $200 included in fees
Total Cost of Required Materials$4.00
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  • MTECH Automation Technology Certificate
  • Students are prepared to take the Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
At MTECH, you will join an exclusive group of graduates who benefit from a commitment to excellence shared by everyone at the school. From instructors who deliver a relevant, industry-driven curriculum to academic and career counselors focused on ensuring you have the tools you need to succeed, we all share the same goal: your success as a student.

Automation Technology

Program length
14 months
Total cost
varies based on elective choices
Lehi Trades and Tech Building
Orem Campus
Program length
14 mos
Total cost
varies based on elective choices
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Course Descriptions

Essential Skills and Safety
The Essential Skills and Safety course teaches the basic concepts and terminology used in automation technology. Students gain proficiency through applying concepts of fasteners, measurement equipment, tolerances, and hand and power tool operations. The course covers safety and workplace skills as well as school and shop specific operations, standards, and procedures.
The Pneumatics course prepares students with the fundamentals needed to work with pneumatic systems. Pneumatic systems are used in a variety of industries where cleaner, faster, and more cost-effective work needs to be done. Competencies include safety, maintenance, operation, installation, component identification, principles of pressure and flow, air logic, troubleshooting, analysis of performance and efficiency, and design of pneumatic systems.
The Hydraulics course prepares students with the fundamentals needed to work with hydraulic systems. Hydraulic systems are used in a variety of industries where extra force may be required. Competencies include safety, maintenance, operation, installation, component identification, displacement principles, troubleshooting, analysis of performance and efficiency, and design of hydraulic systems.
Industrial Mechanics
The Industrial Mechanics course is designed to introduce students to the world of mechanical drive systems and their characteristics. Students can demonstrate competency in the following: couplers, component identification, system related calculations, alignment, the effects of wear and vibration, component failure detection and prevention.
Electrical Systems
The Electrical Systems course teaches students to troubleshoot most electrical circuits they encounter in everyday life. Our world runs on electrical power and is fundamental to all work being done in automation. Students in this course gain relevant working knowledge in both AC & DC electrical systems. Competencies include: basic electrical circuit design, analysis, troubleshooting, instrumentation, schematic and component identification, physics of electricity and applicable math.
Motor Controls
The Motor Controls course prepares students with a working knowledge and understanding of real-world motor control operations. Students who complete this course are able to proficiently setup and design motor control circuits utilizing schematics. Students in this course identify components and utilize instrumentation to troubleshoot and maintain systems.
Programmable Logic Controllers I
The Programmable Logic Controllers course teaches students to interface with programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Programmable logic controllers are the brains of all modern automation technology systems. In this course students develop a working knowledge and skill set in the following competencies: ladder logic, programming standards, hardware selection, various inputs and outputs, communication, troubleshooting, setup and installation.
Applied System Diagnostics
The Applied System Diagnostics course covers the essentials of system diagnostics, the essence of what a technician does day to day. This course is designed to simulate real world troubleshooting scenarios. Students apply troubleshooting methodology by using all of the skills that they have learned so far in the program. Students are expected to properly diagnose, repair, and document their work on a variety of systems and challenges.

Elective Course Descriptions

Electronics Soldering
This soldering course will teach the students a basic skill level of soldering for both surface mount and through-hole technologies. They will also learn basic electrical components using hands-on skills.
Conduit Bending
Students will learn the use of conduit in industry. They will learn how to make measurements and various bends without defects. Students will also learn the different types of conduit and various parts used in industry.
HMI & PLC Troubleshooting
Students will learn how to use and design basic Human-Machine Interface programs, using Allen Bradly’s FactoryTalk. They will learn how to make the connections between the PLC and HMI. They will also learn how to navigate and use alarms. Students will learn how to read and troubleshoot PLC circuits. They will learn basic troubleshooting techniques and how to use symptoms to diagnose troubles. They will also learn how to use multimeters to verify the working contrition of different components.
Sensors, Timers, & Wiring Boards
Students will learn the use and purpose of inductive, capacitive, and photoelectric sensors. They will learn how to design and read schematics. They will also learn to troubleshoot designs using troubleshooting methods. Students will learn how to design and wiring industry standard control panel. This will teach the students how to use wiring organization to make a clean and professional control panel. Students will also learn how to use various tools designed for this application.
Robotics I
Robotics 1 will instruct students in robotics safety, economics impacts, hardware, design and coding. They will also design a robot and program to perform a task. Students will discover the fields and career opportunities in robotics.
Fanuc Robot
Students will learn the basic operation and program design for Fanuc robots. This will get them the basics that are needed to become a Fanuc robot operator and teach them how to operate a robot safely.
Basic Chemistry: Plasma and Vacuum Theory
An introduction to chemistry concepts for students interested in semiconductor careers as well as those who wish to gain an overview of basic chemistry. Semiconductor focused students will gain basic knowledge to aid in understanding process interactions and hazard identification. Course material includes atomic structure, molecular structures, chemical bonding, periodic table, chemical reactions and equations, stoichiometry, states of matter, oxidation and reduction, acids and bases.
Pressure Gauges and Flow Controllers
An introduction to pressure gauge and flow controller concepts for students interested in semiconductor careers as well as those who wish to gain an overview of basic theory. Semiconductor focused students will gain basic knowledge in pressure and flow controls to aid in process control understanding. Course material includes pressure gauge overviews (bourdon tube, diaphragm, capsule, absolute, differential, bellows, manometer, piezometer), liquid/gas flow controller theory, liquid/gas flow meter theory, and applications.
Root Cause Analysis, Troubleshooting & Statistical Process Control
An introduction to root cause analysis (RCA) and troubleshooting concepts for students interested in semiconductor careers as well as those who wish to gain an overview of basic RCA and troubleshooting practices. Semiconductor focused students will gain basic knowledge to prepare for systematically resolving issues on complex systems.
Introduction to Semiconductors
An introduction to semiconductor manufacturing for students interested in semiconductor careers, as well as those who wish to gain an overview of basic semiconductor processing. Semiconductor focused students will gain basic knowledge of overall process flow and logic gate device functionality. Course material includes definition of semiconductor, n-type and p-type doping, geometries and units of measure, basic semiconductor manufacturing and process module overviews, clean room overview and protocols, automated material handling system (AMHS) overview.
Rotating Machines and Basic VFD Operation
Students will learn the different types of motors that are used in industry and also the reasons why certain motors are used for different conditions. They will also learn how they are wired internally and externally. Students will also perform different measurements and do calculations to see how the motors perform under different loads. In this course students will learn how to wire a VFD for basic operation. They will also learn how to set the VFD’s settings. They will use both 1 phase and 3 phase applications.
Electro-Fluid Power
In this course students will learn how to combine electrical controls with hydraulic and pneumatic circuits. They will learn to read, design, and troubleshoot circuits that are using a wide range of devices used in industry.
Welding Simulator
In this course students will learn the history and basics of welding. They will learn how to safely operate a welder and use correct settings. They will also learn the correct techniques for metal-inert gas welding (MiG).
In this course the student will learn the basics of 3d designing in SolidWorks. They will learn to design parts and assemble multiple parts into one object. They will also learn how to turn their designs into a drawing.