Smart Systems Technologies
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
FLCC's A.A.S. Smart Systems Technologies degree program prepares students for successful careers with current and emerging technology-based businesses. Smart technology powers advancements in many fields, including smart manufacturing, collaborative robots, prosthetics, automated transport, and more.
In this program, you'll develop proficiencies in industrial "IoT" (internet of things), data acquisition, automation, mechatronics, and control systems.
Math and physics courses are integrated into your class schedule alongside courses in electronics, design, process improvement, and automation technologies to provide a well-rounded high-tech education.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Create quantitative models of systems based on fundamentals of integrated physics, mathematics, and computational skills.
- Communicate economic relevance of solving technical problems, individually and through teamwork.
- Assess business cases for automation systems including either parts or all of programmable logic, automation control, mechatronics, and/or machine vision.
- Apply industry-standard methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma for process and project planning and management.
Victor Campus Center
The core classes required for this degree are offered at FLCC's conveniently-located FLCC's Victor Campus Center. Classes are scheduled in the afternoons in a HyFlex format, meaning that a portion of the class is web-based, and a portion has flexible day-by-day options for each student.FLCC's Victor Campus Center
Online Smart Systems Technologies Degree
FLCC's A.A.S. Smart Systems Technologies degree is also available as a fully-accredited online degree program. This online format creates a convenient and flexible way for you to earn an education. You will be able to study on your own time from a location that fits your schedule, allowing you to access the resources, knowledge, and support you need to become an experienced smart systems professional.
Find out more about online degree programs at FLCC to see if it's the best-fit academic path for you.
HyFlex: Learning on Your Time
Everyone's schedule is different. If you have competing priorities, making it to campus for every class may not be realistic. HyFlex takes advantage of emerging technologies, allowing you to choose—day by day—how, when, and where you "attend" class.
HyFlex is an instructional model which broadcasts and records classroom lectures as they take place, making accessibility and flexibility a reality for all students. Through this model, you can decide how and when you access a lecture.
For example, one week, you may attend class in-person on campus, and another, you can watch a live stream from the convenience of your home or a coffee shop. Then, on the following week, you might decide to catch the recorded version of the lecture on a quiet weekend morning. Also, since all lecture video recordings are available online, you can revisit lessons at any time to be prepared for all exams, papers, and projects.
Through FLCC’s HyFlex learning model, the choice of how, when, and where you access your course is yours.
Flexible scheduling allows most students in this program to land a paid co-op position in the first year, with the option to continue working full-time while completing the degree. The Smart Systems Technologies degree curriculum requires 270 hours of paid co-op work. There are many high-tech businesses in the Finger Lakes, and FLCC has lined up many options for you to pursue. Over 40 Rochester-Finger Lakes high-tech businesses make up a lucrative ecosystem that is eager to help you earn while you learn.
A variety of scholarships are available to all FLCC students, and they can help offset the cost of your education. As a Smart Systems Technologies student, you are also eligible for the following scholarships:
- Eugene B. Risser Technology Scholarship
- William Langston Technology Scholarship
Additional scholarships are available outside of FLCC, including:
- Association for Facilities Engineering Scholarship
- FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers' Enterprise) Scholarship
For information on program-specific scholarships, contact the Smart Systems Technologies programs director at Sam.Samanta@flcc.edu. If you have questions about scholarships in general, reach out to the FLCC Foundation.
The Smart Systems Technologies programs are directed by Dr. Sam Samanta. He earned his M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. University of Maine, and he has been recognized for his hard work and commitment to students as they seek a practical pathway toward a meaningful career.
"As someone who had 20 years of teaching experience, I struggled to find a teaching job when I moved back to this area. Although I enrolled at FLCC with a career change in mind, my background in education and completion of this program made me an ideal candidate for the job I have now."