Smart Systems Technologies

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Smart Systems Technologies student building an electronic device at FLCC.

Industrial technologies develop at an exhilarating pace. This degree combines math and physics coursework with hands-on training to help you master the latest tech skills. Acquire over 270 hours of work experience at regional high-tech businesses.

Career Outlook: Advanced Manufacturing and High-Tech Enterprise

Rochester and the greater Finger Lakes region are home to a growing high-tech business ecosystem. Small-to-medium enterprises need skilled workers to manage and operate their cutting-edge facilities. Our co-op model offers work experience to kickstart careers in optics, automation, medical tech, communications, robotics, and manufacturing.

To explore potential career options, all first-year students visit at least ten businesses as part of the standard Smart Systems Technologies curriculum.

A.A.S. Program Overview

Smart technology powers advancements in many fields, including smart manufacturing, collaborative robots, prosthetics, automated transport, and more. Our A.A.S. Smart Systems Technologies degree program prepares you for a successful career within a high-tech enterprise.

In this program, you'll develop proficiencies in next-generation technological solutions, including: the internet of things, data acquisition, automation, mechatronics, and control systems.

Math and physics courses strengthen your practical knowledge of electronics, design, process improvement, and automation technologies.

Earn While You Learn

Our Smart Systems Technologies programs include 270 hours of paid co-op work experience. Faculty members match you with one of over 50 high-tech business partners in the region depending on your personal interests and professional skills.

Hands-on Learning at the Victor Campus Center

The core classes required for this program are offered at FLCC's conveniently located Victor Campus Center. This facility features state-of-the-art learning labs tailored to provide you with hands-on experience in automation, data acquisition, and computing.

100% Online and HyFlex Courses Available

FLCC's Smart Systems Technologies A.A.S. degree is also available as a fully accredited online program. This 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.

Smart Systems Technologies courses are also available as HyFlex, which allows you to choose — day by day — how, when, and where you complete coursework.

Find out more about online programs at FLCC to see if it's the best-fit academic path for you.

A.A.S. Program Outcomes

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 machine vision.
  • Apply industry-standard methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma for process and project planning and management.

Sustainable Education-to-Career Pathways

Our extensive business network helps you secure regional employment upon graduation. For the past five years, every Smart Systems Technologies graduate seeking employment found a career in the field. In many cases, these careers emerge directly from the co-op work experience completed during the program. Some of these positions include:

  • Advanced Interconnect Manufacturing, Victor (Electrical Wire Assembly)
  • Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Williamson (Bottling and Packaging)
  • Gallo Winery, Canandaigua (Process Automation Control)
  • Kodak, Rochester (Instrumentation and Control)
  • L3Harris, Rochester (Remote Sensing and Intelligence)
  • Micropen Technologies, Honeoye Falls (Medical Technology)

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

The A.A.S degree requirements align with the SUNY General Education curriculum, making the transfer process easy. While many graduates go directly into the workforce, others choose to complete a four-year degree in Business Administration, Technology Management, Software Engineering, or Computer Science.

Alfred State College's 100% online Technology Management degree allows transfer students to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree without leaving the Finger Lakes region.

FLCC students have also transferred to:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Oswego

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


The Smart Systems Technologies programs are directed by Dr. Sam Samanta. He earned his M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maine. He has been recognized for his hard work and commitment to students as they seek a practical pathway toward a meaningful career.

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Dan Poehlein

"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."