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Industrial Automation and Electronic Controls


This pathway meets requirements for the Certificate in Industrial Automation and Electronic Controls. The program emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach to the field of industrial automation and control as students prepare to work with companies or government organizations that manufacture, sell, service, design or support electrical and electronic systems that control machinery, automation, and/or processes.

Students in this pathway learn to analyze and troubleshoot direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial motor controls and drives, energy generation and conversion, fluid power systems, robotics, and information technology (IT).

This certificate is fully embedded in the Mechatronics AAS degree. Students interested in building on this certificate in order to meet requirements for the Mechatronics AAS degree complete an additional 38-44 credits; the majority of those credits must be completed at Shoreline Community College.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 4
Part Time: 6
58.0 - 61.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

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

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : equivalent computer experience

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 5.0

Course Substitute : higher ENGL course or successful completion of ABE 050

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to write in academic settings. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, study skills, and grammar instruction. Upon completion, students should be able to apply these skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing a college-level essay. Prereq: Placement test or appropriate prerequisite.

ENGL 098 10.0

Course Substitute : successful completion of ABE 031 or equivalent course

Elementary algebra topics include operations with signed numbers, linear equations and inequalities, exponents, graphing linear functions, systems of equations, polynomials and applications. Prereq: MATH 081 with a 2.0 or better or placement.

MATH 084 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $6,730.90 - $7,079.05
  • NonResident Cost : $7,613.66 - $8,007.47
  • International Student Cost : $17,348.96 - $18,246.32

North offers electronics courses (designated with the "EET" prefix) on-campus in the day time, evenings, online, and hybrid (part on-campus, part online). Most classes meet twice per week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) or once per week throughout the quarter.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Beginning electronics support course providing the student with information and skills to safely perform soldering tasks in the field. The student will acquire skills to remove components and replace them without causing damage to either the component or the Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's). The student will learn the techniques to select the proper solder, soldering aids, tools, and other associated test equipment. Prerequisite: EET 160 or EET 161 or instructor permission.

EET 106 1.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MFGT 247 - Motive Maintenance

Introduction to fluid power systems used in industry. Covers fundamentals of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including fluid power components and schematic diagrams. Includes electrical/electronic control of fluid power systems and information on several electro-hydraulic servo systems. Prereq. EET 109 or MATH& 141 or higher.

EET 112 5.0

This course provides an introduction to basic computer hardware and operating systems. The focus is A+ Certification and addresses foundational computer hardware to include system boards, microprocessors, bios, hard drives, CDROMs, as well as the basics of the Windows Operating Systems. Troubleshooting from both a hardware and software approach is introduced. The curriculum is produced by Hewlett Packard for Ciso Systems. Computer Fee.

EET 131 5.0

This course introduces foundational concepts in building and programming robots. Students build, program and configure a robot using various electronic devices to enable a wide variety of robotic activity. Computer Lab Fee.

EET 137 5.0

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College course: MFGT 280 - Robot Certification

An introduction to industrial robotics, including the application, programming, troubleshooting, and servicing of state-of-the-art industrial robots and associated end effectors, sensors, and systems. Prerequisite: EET 137 or instructor permission.

EET 138 5.0

Provides a survey of electricity and electronics fundamentals through theory presentations and hands-on laboratory experiments. Intended for students pursuing the mechatronics degree (offered in conjunction with Shoreline CC) or certificate options, as well as those interested in what electricity and electronics are about. EET 160 also is valuable as a refresher course for those with related previous knowledge who wish to return to the field. EET109 or MATH&141 or instructor permission.

EET 160 5.0

First in a series of lecture-lab courses designed for an in-depth study of electronics. Performance goals will equip the learner with the ability to analyze series and parallel circuits. Basic concepts of energy, work, power, current and voltage are studied as well as Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. The course ends with an introduction to capacitance, transients and AC theory and circuit analysis. Achievement of course goals is supported by the use of computer models and hands-on labs. .Computer fee.

EET 161 5.0

This course covers principles of AC and DC rotating equipment used in electrical generation and conversion to mechanical energy. The course reviews fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, transformers, and single-phase circuits; three-phase circuits are introduced. Prerequisites: EET 109 or MATH&141 or equivalent, and EET 162.

EET 201 5.0

This Industrial Power and Control Technology course covers electromagnetic and electronic control and drive devices and circuits used for starting, accelerating, stopping, reversing, and protecting industrial AC and DC motors. Prerequisites: EET 109 or MATH&141 or equivalent, and EET 161.

EET 202 5.0

This course describes the fundamentals of programmable logic controller (PLC) systems, including how PLCs work and providing practical information and skills about installing, programming, and troubleshooting PLC systems. Corequisite: EET 161.

EET 203 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : Shoreline Community College courses: BUS 104 - Human Relations in Business or BUS 105 - Essentials of Human Relations [2 credits] or approved Human Relations elective (5 credits)

Total credits can be from 2 - 5 based on course option selected.

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 141 - Pre-Calculus I (5 credits) or higher level MATH course

This is an overview of basic mathematical applications for electronic circuit analysis. Includes fundamental concepts of operations with numbers, the metric system, fundamental algebraic concepts, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, right angle triangles, basic trig functions, vectors and complex numbers. Prerequisite: MAT 081 or equivalent.

EET 109 5.0

Course Substitute : ENGL& 235 - Technical Writing (5 credits) or Shoreline Community College course: BTWERT 215 - Composition, Business Communications

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL&101 5.0