Master Automation Robotics Engineering Technician Duties in Two Years

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Master Automation Robotics Engineering Technician Duties in Two Years Photo by Jason White

Did you know that if you have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, or are 19 years of age or older; possess English 12C or U credit or skills assessment or equivalent, and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U credit or skills assessment or equivalent; and have an interest in electrical mechanical engineering, you can apply to attend Centennial College's Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician program.

In this automation robotics engineering offering, students spend two years focusing on automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries. Due to this specific emphasis, automation robotics engineering training at Centennial College includes in-depth study that goes from fundamentals to advanced systems, instills an understanding of theory, and offers practical, hands-on laboratory experience. The hands-on experience, which plays a huge role in the automation robotics engineering offering includes: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics. Meanwhile, specific courses within this electrical mechanical engineering technology-focused program include: Electronics Devices (introduces students to the Electronic Semiconductor Diodes and Transistors and their basic circuits); Computer Aided Drafting (allows students to become familiarized with the basic technical drawing elements of mechanical engineering graphics as well as the concepts and features of the AutoCAD computer-assisted-drafting program); Robotic Applications (topics include robot safety, programming the ABB robots, and robot interface with the outside world by input signals and output devices. Further studies include automation sensors, work cell support systems, robot and system integration, and automation case study of the CIM systems), and more.

In addition to the in-depth study offered within the automation robotics engineering, students also benefit from the fact that the program has key-school status with the U.S.-based Fluid Power Education Foundation (FPEF) and offers a useful networking opportunity through its strong on-campus Automation and Robotics Student Society. The society organizes events such as career nights and industrial visits.

Students of this automation robotics engineering-focused program may graduate as technicians after two years or continue onto the co-op work experience in Centennial’s three-year Automation and Robotics Technology program. The main difference between the two offerings is that the latter offers a co-op experience, which gives students the opportunity to partake in a work placement where they apply what they have learned during their courses, work alongside seasoned professionals and network.

Once they complete their electrical mechancial engineering technology and automation robotics engineering training, students find careers in the manufacturing sectors of areas such as automotive, food, pharmaceuticals, packaging, aircraft and communication. The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technicians field, no matter the sector, is focused on machine design and building, manufacturing, application support, components testing, systems integration, maintenance, technical sales and services. Essentially, it is responsible for building and maintaining the robots that are used in assembly lines.

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Emma, the author of this piece, writes about the automation robotics engineering program Centennial College that prepares students for long-lasting careers through a balance of theory and hands-on application.

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