Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Automation Technician Certificate Program

Certificate code CTATMU

Russ College of Engineering and Technology   
Department of Engineering Technology and Management    
125 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1455

Zaki Kuruppalil, Chair, Engineering Technology and Management, contact person

Available at the following location:

  • Lancaster

Program Overview

The Automation Technician certificate focuses on the skillsets necessary to be successful in today’s automated industrial systems environment. Automation technicians are prepared to provide advanced manufacturing skills in industrial production areas involving the preventive maintenance, alignment, and corrective maintenance of manufacturing systems involving electric motor control, variable frequency AC drives, PLC’s, and robotic cells. Students will experience real-world control methods of interfacing basic PLC programming to industrial manufacturing applications, as well as interfacing a PLC to a robot utilizing discrete I/O and an ethernet network.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Manufacturing is moving forward at a fast-pace with new technologies in the area of Robotics and Automation. However, the need for qualified candidates to maintain such equipment is lagging due to degree completion timing required for such skills. This certificate program is intended to prepare students to fill these needed roles within a crucial industry. Ohio officials report that “the demand for Robotics Technicians is expected to increase by 17% between 2022 and 2028. The average salary for a manufacturing technician in Central Ohio is $45,000 to $55,000 per year.”


Certificate Hours Requirement

The Automation Technician certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 16 semester hours.

Required Courses

Complete the following courses with an overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher: