We live in a generation of constant technological advances. In fact, according to reports there will be more technological advances in the next four to five decades than there has been in 450 years. Why not be at the forefront of those advancements by studying Electro-Mechanical Engineering in the area of Automation and Robotics — especially programmable logic controllers? This field is concerned with machine design and building, manufacturing, application support, components testing, systems integration, maintenance, technical sales and services. Essentially, it builds and maintains the robots that are used in assembly lines. That means programmable logic controllers are used in industries such as: communications, consumer good, aircraft and automotive.
In order to build a long-lasting career in the field of Automation and Robotics, you must first attend a college program. At Centennial College, the focus of its undertaking is on automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries. To apply for the Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician – Automation and Robotics program, you must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or being 19 years of age or older. You must also have completed compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. Upon successful entry, you will be placed in the appropriate English and math level based on skills assessment results.
Two years in length, the emphasis is on the basic technology used in building and operating automated industrial systems: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and robotics. The program will give you a thorough understanding of theory, along with practical, hands-on laboratory experience. Specific courses within this programmable logic controllers-focused program include: Robotic Applications (the learner will acquire new programming skills and apply them to industrial robot applications in the laboratory); Hydraulic Systems (involves the study of hydraulic motor applications in open and closed loop circuits); Digital Electronics (introduction to digital circuits in this lab and theory course); and more.
Automation and Robotics allows you to either graduate as a technician after two years, or continue for additional study and co-op work experience in Centennial’s three-year Automation and Robotics Technology program. In addition to in-depth courses, Centennial College also has a strong on-campus Automation and Robotics Student Society, which organizes events such as career nights and industrial visits.
There are many jobs in Electro-Mechanical Engineering – Automation and Robotics, especially in, programmable logic controllers. For example, popular options include maintenance, where you’ll fix assembly lines or technical sales and service, which will see you selling them. If your heart is with hands-on aspects of the field, you can design, program and install robotic systems and the associated interfacing with other factory control systems including programmable logic controllers, human-machine interfaces and supervisory control and data acquisition software.
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