Associate Degree Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems

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Get to Know Our Electronic Systems and Automation Degree Specialization

If you’re interested in technology and want to provide greater quality, safety and control in the production of goods and services, then our Associate Degree with a Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems might be right for you. Our program offers hands-on, experiential learning and helpful insights to the industry from our faculty. You’ll get the opportunity to learn about consumer and industry-based automation, including how to install, operate, test, maintain and troubleshoot electronic equipment systems. These systems can be found in many applications, including robotic production lines, transportation networks and power grids.

Our Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization can be earned as a part of the Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization in as little as 1 year + 4 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.



Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program1. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

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What You'll Learn

The Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization covers the following, infused with our tech-empowered learning approach:

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    Communicate Methods and Findings

    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • collaborate in dynamic work environments icon

    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments

    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • complex problem solving icon

    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • data analysis icon

    Data Analysis

    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
  • digital literacy icon

    Digital Literacy

    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • apply math and science principles through programming icon

    Apply Knowledge of Math and Science Principles through Programming

    Apply knowledge of math and science principles through programming to solve well-defined technology problems. C++.Net is the primary programming language used.
  • design solutions for technology driven problems icon

    Design Solutions for Technology-driven Problems

    Develop problem-solving skills to develop business solutions based upon networking, computing, and electronic devices.
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    System, Component and Process Design

    Design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
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    Networked Computer-controlled Systems

    Explore process controls and automation that employ networked and distributed control systems. Applications include selecting and utilizing hardware; distributed controls system configurations; programming, networking, and installing controllers; and system troubleshooting.
  • electronic systems icon

    Electronic Systems

    Gain proficiency in working with integrated circuits, and building and troubleshooting power supplies and operational amplifier applications. Explore solid-state devices such as diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, and operational amplifiers, as well as their use in signal processing applications, such as amplification and filtering.
  • troubleshoot automation and control system icon

    Troubleshoot Automation and Control System

    Understand process controls and automation that employ networked and distributed control systems learn about system troubleshooting.
  • programmable logic controllers icon

    Programmable Logic Controllers

    Learn to select and utilize hardware, such as processor architecture and programmable logic controllers (PLCs), for networked and distributed control systems.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Can’t wait to show some credentials on your resume? Our 2-in-1 program gives you the opportunity to do just that. All courses in our Information Technology (IT) Essentials certificate program are embedded within our unique Information Technology and Networking – Automation and Electronics associate degree program. Allowing you to earn a certificate while working to get your associates degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Electro-mechanical Technician

  • Electronics Technologist

  • Field Technical Specialist

General Education Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication


One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD205 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Systems Security

Program-Specific Courses

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Specialized Courses

Automation and Electrical Systems

ECT226 Electronic Device and System Foundations
ECT286 Automation and Control
ECT315 Industrial IoT
NETW310 Wired, Optical and Wireless Communication with Lab

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level2

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems, every course you completed in the program applies to your Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology. Build your confidence – and your resume – when you start your journey at DeVry.

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Related Programs

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Network Systems Administration, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
For the AITN-Automation and Electronic Systems specialization, every course counts toward the Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology. For the AITN-Network Systems Administration specialization, every course counts toward the Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking program. Every course within the AITN-Information Systems and Programming specialization counts toward the Bachelor’s in Software Development and the Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems programs. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.