Smart Systems Technologies


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Industrial and manufacturing systems change rapidly. Acquire the technical skills and knowledge required to work in high-tech careers in as little as one year. If you are interested in automation, nanotechnology, or the latest electronics, this field is for you.

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.

Certificate Program Overview

Both regional and national demand remains high for positions within the smart systems industries. Our paid co-op work experience requirement helps you gain technical skills in advanced manufacturing that give you a competitive edge when seeking employment in this quickly evolving field.

FLCC's Smart Systems Technologies certificate provides practical experience and an in-demand education to increase your career options and generate new opportunities. Our faculty prepare you for job openings across a wide range of high-tech industries, including automation control, electronics manufacturing, food processing, nanotechnology, and renewable energy.

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 certificate 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 certificate is also available as a fully accredited online certificate 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.

Certificate Program Outcomes

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)

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 Faculty

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.

Smart Systems Technologies Faculty

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