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

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

You can take it anywhere, it’s powerful enough to run robust applications, and best of all, you can use it for all of your classes to optimize your DeVry experience.

IoT Kit

Simulate the Internet of Things (IoT) wherever you are with your IoT Kit*, designed to give you hands-on experience and confidence working with real IoT technologies.

With the full complement of microprocessors and sensors in your kit, you’ll build elementary IoT devices, integrate them into cloud-based server systems and develop skills needed for today’s IoT economy.

*The IoT Kit is a required expense and is not complimentary.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

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+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate - Python

Others may be applicable as well. Speak with your professor for more info.

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.
  • process design icon
    System, Component and Process Design
    Design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  • complex problem solving icon
    Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • data analysis icon
    Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis.
  • networked computer controlled systems icon
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • digital literacy icon
    Digital Literacy
    Apply appropriate technologies.

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

Essentials Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

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

ECT222 Circuit Analysis Fundamentals
ECT225 Electronic Devices and Systems
ECT284 Automation and Control Systems 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 – Electronics. 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 of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s of Engineering Technology – Electronics and Bachelor’s of Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
For the AITN program, in the Automation and Electronic Systems specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology-Electronics, in the Network Systems Administration specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, in the Information Systems and Programming specialization every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Software Development and the Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit 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.