Programs: Industrial Automation and Robotics (221-733-03)
Award: Career Studies Certificate

Program Purpose:

The Industrial Automation and Robotics program is designed to provide students with basic Machine Language programming skills, problem solving skills, and troubleshooting techniques used in various industrial and robotic technological fields.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Explain the purpose and function of input/output assemblies, the central processor unit, the power supply, and programming device.
  • Create, design, and troubleshoot a variety of robotic programs.
  • Utilize a variety of test equipment to measure voltage, current, and resistance.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to solve technological problems.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in two semesters.

What job or career can I get with this certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required to work in entry-level field of industrial automation, robot operators, robotics service technicians, robotics consultants, and robotics engineers.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Electro-Mechanical Technicians was 85.  There is projected annual demand/need for 7 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Electro-Mechanical Technicians, January 2024).   

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Electro-Mechanical Technicians




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.