• Automation Technician Certificate

    Continuous Intake USB-based Distance

    GBC Code: T950

    Learn to design, install, and maintain electronic equipment used in modern industrial processes with our Automation Technician Certificate. Develop the skills needed to work with a wide range of control systems, from the simplest fuses and motors to sophisticated electronic computer interface boards, motor drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), solid-state devices and robotics. Gain an understanding of a wide range of applications through practical examples of automated manufacturing, including both the theory and function of digital and industrial electronics, hydraulics/pneumatics, robotic systems, programming languages and alarm management. Become familiar with distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.


    Fees range from $60 to $90 per module plus $490 for the USB drive (which includes all software and required materials). International applicants are charged the same fees but in US dollars (US$60 to $90 plus US$490); the posted exchange rate in effect at the time of your registration will be used to determine the final fee in Canadian dollars. Refunds will not be provided for the USB course materials. Telephone contact (tutorial assistance) is available (toll-free) at 1-866-279-1457 from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Career Opportunities

    Automation technicians troubleshoot, service and fix computerized systems and devices designed to reduce human interaction, such as robotic assembly devices, PLCs and computer-controlled building air conditioning systems. They typically find employment opportunities in process control, PLC programming, packaging, power generation, mining, machine design, building automated systems, maintenance, transportation, systems integration, component testing, technical sales and quality control. Other career opportunities can include areas such as machine and component assembly, troubleshooting and testing, systems integration, application support, automation and robot programming, and technical sales and services.


    You must have a secondary school diploma (with credits at or above the general level) or an approved equivalent or have mature student status.

    Technical Requirement(s)

    You must have access to a personal computer with the following minimum configuration:

    • USB port and sound card
    • Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
    • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
    • 250 MB available disk space
    • Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
    • 32- and 64-bit compatible
    • Internet access
    • Email account

    Advanced Standing

    You can transfer credits earned through this certificate program to our Electromechanical Technician Certificate program, our Electronics Technician Certificate program, our Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Certificate program, our Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician II Certificate program and our Robotics Technician Certificate program. Contact a Continuing Education program consultant at 1-888-553-5333 for details.

    Completion Details

    You complete all the required modules (including lab projects, review exercises and tests) from the comfort of your own home using an interactive learning package. The package consists of a USB drive containing 18 modules, which are delivered using text, video, two-dimensional and three-dimensional animations, colour photos, audio and hundreds of laboratory projects. Tests are taken online using computer-based testing, and laboratory projects are delivered using powerful software simulators. You may enrol in this certificate program at any time (continuous intake) and complete each module in your own time. The average completion time is 32 weeks of study, but there are no time limits.

    Compulsory Courses (Eighteen)

    • ELNC 9116Introduction to Automation
    • ELNC 9053Industrial Control Devices
    • ELNC 9117Motors and Control Circuits
    • ELNC 9035Digital Electronics
    • ELCL 9060Analog and Digital Transducers
    • ELNC 9055Industrial Process Control
    • ELNC 9118Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
    • ELNC 9119SCADA Systems
    • ELNC 9071Introduction to PLCs
    • ELNC 9095Ladder Logic Programming
    • ELNC 9078PLC Timers
    • ELNC 9079PLC Counters
    • ELNC 9097PLC Data Handling
    • ELNC 9098PLC Math Instructions
    • ELNC 9101Introduction to Robotics
    • ELNC 9108Robot Manipulators and End Effectors
    • ELNC 9112Robot Vision, Touch and Sound
    • ELNC 9113Robot Programming

    Interested in learning more about these courses? Visit the Automation Technician program curriculum and contents web page.