Industrial Automation and Electronic Controls Certificate

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This certificate prepares students for immediate employment and future advancement in companies or government organizations that manufacture, service, sell, design or support electrical and electronic systems that control machinery, automation, and/or processes.

Learning Outcomes
  • • Identify and apply technical concepts and terms used in industrial energy and control.
  • • Ability to troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of microprocessors, programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.
  • • Locate, evaluate, and apply relevant information from various sources to address workplace problems.

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Industrial Automation and Electronic Controls Certificate Prerequisites:

  • • Placement into ENGL 097/098 (or higher) or successful completion of ABE 050
  • • Placement into MATH 084 or successful completion of ABE 031 or equivalent or higher class
  • • BUS 169 or equivalent computer experience.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.


Program Requirements

Course Number

General  Education/Related Instruction Requirements (12-15) credits)

Credit Hours

ENGL&101* or ENGL&235* or



Technical Writing

Composition, Business Communications (Shoreline Community College)


Human Relations

BUS 236 Interpersonal Communications for the Workplace or BUS 104 Human Relations in Business or BUS 105 Essentials of Human Relations (Shoreline Community College) or approved Human Relations elective


EET 109* or
MATH 141*

Mathematical Applications for Circuit Analysis or
Pre-Calculus I or higher


Course Number

Certificate Requirements (46 credits)


EET 106

Introduction to Soldering


EET 112 or

MFGT 247

Fluid Power & Alternative Energy or

Motive Maintenance (Shoreline Community College)


EET 131

IT Essentials – A+ Certification


EET 137*

Introduction to Robotics


EET 138* or

MFGT 280

Industrial Robotics or

Robot Certification (Shoreline Community College)


EET 160

Introduction to Electricity and Electronics


EET 161

D.C. Principles of Electronics


EET/EEL 201*

Energy Generation, Conversion, & Sustainability


EET/EEL 202*

Industrial Motors Controls and Drives


EET/EEL 203*

Programmable Logic Controllers


Total Credits: 58-61

(excluding pre-requisites)

Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program.  

1st quarter: EET/EEL 203, EET 109 or MATH 141 (or higher), EET 161

2nd quarter: EET/EEL 202, EET 160, ENGL&101 or ENGL&235 or BTWERT 215

3rd quarter: EET/EEL 201, EET 137, EET 112 or MFGT 247, BUS 236 or BUS 104 or BUS 105

4th quarter: EET 138 or MFGT 280, EET 131, EET 106

Sequence Type

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

What are some potential job titles?

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Program Contact:            Chuck Eckard                    (206) 934-4588        

EET Coordinator             Tim Fiegenbaum                (206) 934-0181        

NSC Advising Office:                                                 (206) 934-3658        

Program Website: 


CIP 47.0303