As an industrial automation technician you will design, install, and maintain electronics equipment used in modern industrial processes. You will work on a wide range of systems, from the simplest fuses and motors to sophisticated electronic computer interface boards, motor drives, programmable logic controllers, solid-state devices and robotics.
You will take three courses in instrumentation and process control, two courses in programmable logic controllers, two courses in electrical power and power electronics and one course in each of AutoCAD, industrial control of chemical processes, fluid power and data acquisition. Each course uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including industrial robots. An intensive hands-on lab program is supplemented with industry-relevant field trips.
You will be introduced to the types of specialty equipment typically used in the industrial automation industry. These include instrumentation and process control systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) of all types, variable frequency drives or inverter drives, human machine interfaces (HMIs), fluid systems including hydraulic and pneumatic positioners and drives, robotics and controls and microprocessor-operated equipment of many different types. Computers are used to interface with all of these systems and equipment.
You will accumulate 700 hours of hands-on lab time in the first year core program and 700 hours during the second year of the program, for a total of 1,400 hours of practical training upon completion. In some provinces, this time credit can be applied toward your apprenticeship.
If you hold a Red Seal in an electrical trade, you may be eligible to enter this program through an alternative route. This involves an assessment of your prior learning from your apprenticeship and recommendations for any studies needed. Contact the instructor for further information.
NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician program has been accredited by the Canadian Forces and graduates can gain advanced standing as a naval electronics technician. For more information, visit Paid Education.
As an Industrial Automation Technician graduate, you will discover career opportunities in high demand fields such as engineering design, maintenance, industrial control, supervisory control and data acquisition, industrial networking and technical sales. Or, transition into an instrumentation or electrical apprenticeship with advanced standing.
Graduates typically obtain well-paying careers in industries including renewable energy, transportation, forest products, pulp and paper, chemical processing, oil/gas/petroleum, mining and metal processing, steam generation and utilities, water and waste water treatment, food and beverage manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, textiles, materials handling and electronics/semiconductors manufacturing. Due to the increasing use of electronics in all of these fields, opportunities will continue to grow.
You are required to obtain the following basic supplies and tools:
- three-ring binder
- pen, pencil, highlighter
- lined paper and graph paper
- scientific calculator
The following is recommended:
- A tablet or laptop capable of displaying PDF files
To Be Successful
- Teamwork, an aptitude for mathematics and good communication and analytic skills are basic to success.
- Enthusiasm, coupled with adaptability, flexibility and good computer skills are also a necessity.