A Bachelors Degree in automation, process control, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering is the typical entry route into Automation Engineering roles. These programs would typically cover subjects such as process control, mechatronics, digital control systems, control electronics, electromechanics, robotics, fluid dynamics, statistics. computer-aided design (CAD).
There are more specialized qualifications available for individuals within the field or those who are looking to supplement a less relevant base qualification. The bulk of relevant automation engineering training is then gained through hands-on career experience.
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A licensing or certification can enhance your prospects for landing a career in automation engineering
A popular certification for automation engineers is Certified Automation Professional which is issued by the International of Automation (ISA). The CAP targets a wider range of automation topics to demonstrate competence in the entire field and is a worldwide program whose importance will vary depending on certain companies or industries.
Another certification in this field is the Control System Engineer License, issued by the National Society of Professional Engineers (PE). This qualification focus on process control. Here is a link to a (CSA) (PE) certification preparation course. The PE is specific to the United States, although many countries around the world offer similar engineering licensure.