Industrial Automation and Maintenance

Mission Statement

The Industrial Automation and Maintenance degree shall produce graduates who are immediately employable into entry-level technical positions in a wide variety of industrial, manufacturing, power generation, and production support jobs.

The Industrial Automation and Maintenance program is a two-year technical program leading to an Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Industrial Automation and Maintenance.

Studies in the Industrial Automation and Maintenance focus on the installation, repair, and maintenance of the electronic equipment used to control manufacturing and power generation processes. Programmable controllers, industrial controls, and robotic systems integration are emphasized. The solid foundation of coursework and hands-on training in the laboratories will allow the graduate technician to quickly become a productive and promotable employee.

Degrees Offered

Industrial Automation and Maintenance

Industrial Automation and Maintenance

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.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • have a working knowledge of AC and DC circuits.
  • be familiar with basic electrical test equipment such as multi-meters, oscilloscopes, power supplies and meggers
  • be familiar with electrical safety practices and arc flash hazard protection.
  • be able to test common industrial electrical components using manufacturers test procedures and basic electrical test equipment.
  • be capable of troubleshooting common industrial control circuits.
  • be capable of troubleshooting programmable logic control circuits.
  • be familiar with closed loop feedback process control systems and related electrical components.
  • begin preparation for the Certified Electronics Technician examination (CET).
  • demonstrate the habit of practicing safety rules and regulations, including lock/out-tag/out, on a continuous basis.
  • read and interpret control circuit ladder diagrams.  


Two electronics labs located in Davis Career Center are utilized for most of the electronics courses. The labs have good quality bench electronics test equipment, internet access, basic hand tools, personal safety gear, programmable controllers, and various robots.

The Industrial Automation and Maintenance labs in the E.E. Davis Career Center is equipped with work stations constructed with standard industrial electrical and hydraulic components. These work stations allow students to construct and troubleshoot the actual type of electrical circuits used in industry.

Degree Requirements

Additional Academic Requirements

Graduation requires students to achieve a 2.00 overall grade point average in all Electronics courses and a 2.00 overall grade point average in all coursework in order to receive an associate’s degree.

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