PLC & Robotic Technician Program

PLC & Robotic Technician Program

Advanced manufacturing is one of the fastest-growing, high-demand industry sectors in Southeast Michigan, with thousands of positions open annually. Our hands-on programmable logic controller and robotic technician training program allows you to acquire the certifications needed to step right into a variety of jobs with robotics manufacturers, system integrators and automation. 

While many robotics-related positions in southeast Michigan are in automotive manufacturing, demand for programmable logic controller and robotic technicians is expanding quickly into other industries, including the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, food preparation and e-commerce fulfillment.    

  • Average entry-level wage range: $19 – $34 per hour  

Free training available to qualified candidates

  • We have partnered with Oakland County Michigan Works! to offer this no-cost training to qualified workers. Attend a training program information session.

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Program Information

  • Cohort Dates: September 3, 2024 - December 11, 2024 
  • Application Deadline: August 23, 2024
  • Days: Monday – Friday
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Auburn Hills Campus
  • Value: $7,000

What to Expect

  • Focus: The Programmable Logic Controller and Robotic Technician Program is designed to give you all of the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enter one of the fastest growing and high-demand industry sectors in Southeast Michigan.
  • Certifications: OSHA 10, FANUC Cert 1, SACA Micro Credentials and Mike Rowe Work Ethics
  • Real-world experience: The Program is 528 hours of education with 120 hours spent in the lab and 160 hours spent on PLCs
  • Employer Partners: TREVA, Kelly Services, Magna, Paragon Technologies, GLOBAL Automation Technologies, Branex Group  

Application Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen  
  • 17 years or older  
  • Commitment to 14 weeks of training
  • Not currently registered in school within a local educational agency  
  • Registered with the Selective Service (if applicable)  
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Other eligibility factors may apply  
  • Attend an information session
  • Complete the application process - apply for Michigan Works! funding or pay out of pocket

Career Pathway

Jobs in the robotic industry are in high demand and several opportunities are available. Your personal career pathway will depend on training, education, and on-the-job experience. 

Entry Level

  • Education:  OCC short-term training certificate
  • Sample occupations:  Robot Technician, Junior Controls Engineer, Automation Technician



  • Education:  Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, professional experience, etc.
  • Sample occupations:  Industrial and Systems Engineer
This program is eligible for Michigan Works! funding.
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