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Industrial Automation

Associate in Applied Science

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Many people think of automation as labor saving technology. But while automation takes over some jobs that humans used to engage in, the industry itself has created a number of new job opportunities for those trained in computer, automation and robotics to meet the requirements of today’s high technology workplace. Many of the jobs relocating to this country are due to the automation of robotics, and technicians are needed for this area.

Kaskaskia College’s Industrial Automation degree will take your interest in computers to a new level. This program covers the use of computers in commercial and industrial automation including robotics, industrial computers such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC), and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI).

Industrial Automation also includes the networking of these systems much like computer networking we use every day. KC's instructors have extensive experience, so what you’re learning in the classroom reflects skills that are needed in the industry. With the growth in technology in computers, automation and robotics the field is always expanding.


What You Can Do

Graduates of this program will have the skills to obtain jobs in a variety of entry-level positions involving industrial automation, such as:

  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Automation Technician
  • Machine Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Production Maintenance Technician

Program Details


Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the basic skills necessary for troubleshooting and repairing of electronic systems. This includes the troubleshooting and testing of components used in electronic systems.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of fluid power. Study, build, and troubleshoot basic pneumatic and hydraulic circuits.  Demonstrate basic fluid power laws using hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Operate and program process control devices utilized in industry. Program and wire these systems to performvarious process tasks such as starting and stopping of actuators, timing and part counting sequences, and process monitoring.
  • Operate and program robotic control devices utilized in industry. Program process tasks such as machine unloading and material handling.

Industrial Technology Faculty

Lyle Gross

Lyle Gross

Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology

Contact Us

Lyle Gross

Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology

Phone  |  618-545-3404



Phone  |  618-545-3040

Fax  |  618-545-3393

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