The Automation Technician Certificate was developed to meet industry's growing demand for workers with a broad set of skills and knowledge in industrial automation, including digital electronics, process control, SCADA systems, and programming of Programmable Logic Controllers and robotics. The program examines applications and examples of automated manufacturing systems including both the theory and function of digital and industrial electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, robotics systems, programming languages and alarm management. This online program is delivered to students using a combination of theory and laboratory simulations using LogixSim, a simulation software suite that includes electronics, PLC and robotics simulation.

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Program name
Automation Technician
Distance Education
32 weeks (approximately)
Starting month
Open enrolment
George Brown College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Continuous Open Enrollment
Jan. 2021 Continuous Open Enrollment
May 2021 Continuous Open Enrollment
International students
This online distance program is only available to study while remaining in your home country and does not qualify for study/work permit eligibility in Canada.

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The Automation Technician program provides an introduction to industrial automation including digital electronics, process control, SCADA systems and programming of PLCs and robotics. The program examines applications and examples of automated manufacturing systems including both the theory and function of digital and industrial electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, robotics systems, programming languages and alarm management.

The program includes 18 modules of interactive curriculum using text, 2D and 3D animations, photos, audio clips and interactive lab simulations. Interactive exercises, practice exams and online support prepare you for computer-based final exams. The flexible computer-based modules are designed to fit into your schedule, not ours, so you can work at your own pace to complete the program. The average completion time of the 18 training modules is 32 weeks, but there are no time limits.

One of the main features of the Automation Technician program is the integration of theory with laboratory projects. Students who enrol in the program receive a licensed copy of LogixSim, which includes both 2D and 3D simulation software and features CircuitLogixPro, RoboLogix, PLCLogix 5000, and 3DLab simulation products.

LogixSim is a suite of software products that provides “real world” laboratory simulation of electricity, electronics, robotics, and programmable logic controllers. It combines four simulators in one, and allows for the design, testing, and debugging of control devices and automated equipment as well as circuit schematics and systems. From the simplest control circuits to the most complex, LogixSim has the versatility to suit almost any requirement for real-world simulation.

Required Courses

The modules should be taken in the following order:


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ELNC9116Introduction to Automation
ELNC9053Industrial Control Devices
ELNC9117Motors & Control Circuits
ELNC9035Digital Electronics
ELCL9060Analog & Digital Transducers
ELNC9055Industrial Process Control
ELNC9118Distributed Control Systems
ELNC9119SCADA Systems
ELNC9071Overview of PLCs
ELNC9095Ladder Logic Programming
ELNC9097Data Handling
ELNC9098Math Instructions
ELNC9101Introduction to Robotics
ELNC9108Manipulators & End Effectors
ELNC9112Vision, Touch, & Sound
ELNC9113Robot Programming

Detailed course outlines

Career Options

The program prepares you for career opportunities in the field of industrial automation and control. Automation Technicians design, install and maintain equipment and work on a wide range of systems from simple fuses, motor drives, PLCs, solid state devices and robotics.

Future Study Options

Upon completion of the Automation Technician Certificate program students may continue their studies and pursue a Certificate in Electromechanics (, PLCs ( or Robotics (



Additional Cost

This program also offers a pay-as-you-learn registration option that allows students to register into individual modules as they work through the program.

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition and material for the program starting the Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for the program starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

**Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

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Special Requirements

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

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