This course provides an introduction to automation with a focus on the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automated systems in industrial settings. An understanding of the essential mechanical, electrical, and software sub-system technologies integrated as a fully functional automated system is developed. A short unit on electronics provides foundation for learning the digital-based communication interfaces. The function of sensors, actuators, and controllers is addressed. Project work will provide hands-on opportunities to experience the characteristics and behaviors of automated systems.