Industrial Automation & Maintenance

Studies in the Industrial Automation and Maintenance program focus on the installation, repair, and maintenance of the electronic and mechanical equipment used to control manufacturing and power generation processes.  Programmable controllers, industrial controls, hydraulics/pneumatics, mechanical systems, and robotic systems integration are emphasized.

This program offers several hands-on learning laboratory opportunities in all of the technical courses.  These technical courses are taught only four days a week (Monday through Thursday).

Student's can earn an Associate's Degree in Industrial Automation and Maintenance in just two years from Rio Grande. 

Graduates of the program will be able to work in a wide range of industrial facilities in the region and around the country.  Rio Grande's Industrial Automation and Maintenance graduates work for area companies and organizations such as Diamond Electric in West Virginia, Paccar (Kenworth) in Chillicothe, Toyota Motor Manufacturing in West Virginia, Electrocraft in Gallipolis, GKN Sintered Metals of Gallipolis, American Electric power plants, and the Kyger Creek power plant.

Graduation requires the student to achieve a 2.00 overall grade point average (GPA) in all ELE and MFG courses, and a 2.00 overall grade point average (GPA) in all coursework.

To view a suggested curriculum for this program, please view the Industrial Automation & Maintenance FACT Sheet.

General Contact Information

  • Keith Saunders, School of Engineering Technologies Chair, Assistant Professor
    1-800-282-7201, ext. 7315 E-mail:  saunders@rio.edu
    Davis Career Center 150D
  • Admissions
    1-800-282-7201, ext. 7206