Advanced Automation

Alabama has become a manufacturing hub for automotive, aerospace and aviation industries. The number of jobs for technicians in these advanced manufacturing industries is growing rapidly, and there is a shortage of skilled workers to fill this need. Gadsden State Community College offers multiple advanced industrial automation programs to prepare students for a career in mechanical, electrical and computerized technologies.


Alabama FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) Industrial Automation Technology Program

The FAME program includes a two-year technical Associate degree that combines cutting-edge curriculum that supports advanced manufacturing technology, paid working experience, along with learning highly sought after business principles and best practices of a world class manufacturer. 

Electrical Technology

Electrical Technology provides training in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial electrical occupations. Instruction is provided in the area of safety, good work habits, teamwork, communication skills and entry-level knowledge that enables graduates to obtain employment as a multi-craft electro-mechanical technologist. Day and evening classes are available. An Associate in Applied Science, certificate and short-term certificate are offered. The program is located on the Ayers and East Broad campuses.

Industrial Automation Technology

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology prepares students for employment as an industrial technician. Course work focuses in the technical areas of hydraulics, pneumatics, industrial mechanics, motor controls, electrical wiring, programmable logic controls, welding, machine tool production, preventive maintenance, safety practices, AutoCAD and HVAC. A certificate and short-term certificate are available in the program located on the East Broad Campus.

Mechatronics, Robotics & Automation 

Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation is a multidisciplinary field that prepares students for employment in the advanced automated manufacturing industry. Mechatronics is one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturing fields that incorporates electrical, mechanical, and electronics. Mechatronics will teach you about electronics, motors, automation, robotics, programmable logic controllers, hydraulics, pneumatics, and troubleshooting which will make the program graduates competitive for many high wage, high demand jobs. The program is taught on the Ayers and East Broad campuses; students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science.



Ayers Campus

Andy Robertson, Electronics Building (256-835-5427)

East Broad Campus

Tommy Hartline, Bevill Center (256-546-8634) 

Ralph Whitfield, Bevill Center (256-549-8632)

Wesley Beecham,  Electrical Building (256-549-8631)

Jack Mayfield, Industrial Automation Building (256-549-8637)

Andrew Robertson

Coordinator of Workforce Development