Industrial Systems – Certificate

The Industrial Systems Certificate builds on the production technician foundation by focusing on the processes that drive modern industrial facilities. Classes focus on robotics, automation, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Students will learn how to program robots and machines and build industrial communication networks that gather and manage data. Additionally, students will earn credentials certified by FANUC Robotics, Rockwell Automation, and the Smart Automation Certification Alliance.


Minimum credits: 22
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 15

Program Requirements

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CAD 151 AutoCAD 1 3 MFG 105 and ENG 085*

This course covers the applications in which the phases of computer graphics are involved. A general introduction to drafting application will be presented. Recommended: Windows® and blue print reading experience.

ELT 220 Industrial Motion Control 3 ELT 105 or ELT 126

This course covers motion controls as used in real world situations, including PLC, robotics, servos, sensing devices, actuators and controls.

ELT 260 Basic Programmable Controllers 4 ELT 126

Basic programmable controllers is a course for apprentices and skilled trades trainees looking at the history, characteristics, application and limitation of PCs. Numeration systems, binary-coded decimals, ASCII, gray code and Boolean logic studied. Additional study includes input/output devices, processing and programming functions, program development, documentation, start-up and troubleshooting.

ELT 261 Advanced PLC Programming 2 ELT 260

This course introduces topics that include advanced PLC programming, troubleshooting and data communications.

MFG 211 Robotics I 3

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of robotic programming and operations. They will learn how to safely program and troubleshoot an industrial robot using a teach pendant.

MFG 216 Robotics II 3

This course introduces students to the concept of Machine Vision, as well as more complex robotics programming applications.

MFG 262 Principles of IIOT 4

This course introduces students to the principles of smart automation, networking, and the industrial internet of things. Topics covered include networking, variable frequency drives, RFIDs, smart sensors, and databases.