GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN automation engineering and plc

DEPARTMENT OF electrical and computer engineering


 Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

This graduate certificate in automation engineering is a cross-disciplinary between chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.  

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This graduate certificate is open to all persons holding a B.S. degree in any field of engineering from an ABET accredited undergraduate program or a degree in a closely related technical field such as physics or mathematics.  The minimum overal GPA in the B.S. degree program should be at least 2.5.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take four designated courses as given below.  In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken.

Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status.  If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be admitted to the M.S. program in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering, provided that all other program prerequisites and admission requirements are met.   The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the M.S. program will count towards their master's degrees.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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  • Chem Eng 5190/Elec Eng 5350: Plantwide Process Control 
  • Elec Eng 5340: Advanced PLC 

Choose two courses from the following:

  • Chem Eng 5140: Intermediate Chemical Process Safety 
  • Elec Eng 5345: PLC Motion Control 
  • Elec Eng 5870/Mech Eng 5478: Mechatronics 
  • Mech Eng 5449: Robotic Manipulators and Mechanisms
  • Mech Eng 5655: Manufacturing Equipment Automation


Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Chemical Engineering (MS) 
Electrical Engineering (MS)
Mechanical Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.

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