Automation and Control Engineering Technology (BS)

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Prepare for a high-demand career in the field of automation with a degree in automation and control engineering technology from Indiana State University.

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Why Earn A Bachelor’s Degree in Automation and Control Engineering Technology at Indiana State?

Industrial automation is the use of control systems, predominately computer-based, to control industrial machinery and processes. Automation has and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the global economy as well as our daily experiences. Career and salary opportunities are excellent.  

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Gain Practical Experience in a Technical Field

Automation professionals are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.

Indiana State’s Automation and Control Engineering Technology (ACET) Program will provide you with the knowledge and management skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in industry. Our program is distinctive in its emphasis on blending challenging classroom content with practical experience and intensive co-curricular activities.

You will be assigned an advisor who will assist you with professional development, career paths, internships and co-ops, and other issues related to your professional growth.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Courses in the major are taught by full-time professors with extensive work experience in the field.   

The department offers small class sizes, which allow for individual attention.

Our faculty’s vision is to ensure that you enter the job market with specific skill sets that enable you to launch your career with a well-paid professional position in today’s globalized workplace.

Enrich Your Learning with Great Resources and Opportunities

Your coursework will be centered in the University's John T. Myers Technology Center, which has more than 20 state-of-the-art laboratories filled with up-to-date equipment and supplies. These labs are among the most modern and best equipped in the nation and utilize industrial-grade equipment like robotics, programmable controllers, and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment for instruction areas.

In addition to your coursework, you may participate in activities and organizations that enable you to interact with other students and professionals in the industry, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). 

What You’ll Learn in the Automation and Control Engineering Technology Program

Your coursework will include study in the following areas:

  • Electronics and computer technology, including programmable logic controllers and robotics. 
  • Manufacturing technology, including computer numerical control systems, manufacturing processes, and materials science. 
  • Mechanical engineering technology, including CAD, fluid power, solid modeling, and machining .
  • Technology project management, including team-based organization and development.
  • Physical science, mathematics, and computer science.

Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Automation and Control Engineering Technology Majors

Indiana State’s Automation and Control Engineering Technology Program equips you to launch a professional career in a variety of roles in business and industry. Our graduates are hired for technical and supervisory positions that offer above-average pay and benefits because of the requisite level of skills and responsibilities involved.

With experience, you can advance to managerial positions such as team leader, supervisor, project manager, maintenance manager, and technical manager. With extended experience, automation professionals have the background to move into upper-level management roles. 

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‘I knew this was the right industry for me.’

Sycamore graduate Kohler Kerber, ‘23 discovered his dream career in the automation and control engineering technology program at Indiana State.

Find out what attracted Kerber to this dynamic field.


The bachelor of science in automation and control engineering technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET