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Information Technology and Networking

Associate Degree Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems

Help Bring Tech Into the Future With Automation

Understand the building blocks of electronic systems through an Associate Degree with a Specialization in Automation and Electronic Systems from DeVry University. Through our Automation and Electronics System Specialization, you’ll build a foundation of skills to help you stay competitive in today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy. Additionally, with our Tech Core curriculum, you’ll get hands-on learning, experience real-world IoT simulations and build a solid foundation in technology you can put to work tomorrow.

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?

Why Choose Automation and Electronic Systems at DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program.1 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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Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

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

  • 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
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • 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
    Develop problem-solving skills to develop business solutions based upon networking, computing and electronic devices.
  • System, Component and Process Design
    Design systems, components or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  • 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
    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
    Understand process controls and automation that employ networked and distributed control systems learn about system troubleshooting.
  • 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

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 associate degree.

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Career Opportunities in Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization

Automation and Electronic Systems Specialization
  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Electro-Mechanical Technician

  • Electronics Technologist

  • Field Technical Specialist

Program Courses

Course Options

General Education Courses
Communication skills

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Culture and Society
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Applied Physics with Lab
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Program-Specific Courses
Career Preparation
Careers and Technology
Specialized Courses
Automation and Electrical Systems
Electronic Device and System Foundations
Automation and Control
Industrial IoT
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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Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

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.
2For 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.