Programmable Logic Controllers, Automation and Robotics, and More At Centennial College

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Programmable Logic Controllers, Automation and Robotics, and More At Centennial College Photo by Pamela Wendell

Do you possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or are19 years of age or older? Have you 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? Do you have an interest in electro mechanical engineering, automation and robotics, and programmable logic controllers? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may want to consider applying for the Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician - Automation and Robotics program at Centennial College in Toronto, Ont.

The field of Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technicians 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 prepare students for the field, Centennial College emphasizes automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries.

In addition, it emphasizes, Centennial prides itself on flexibility. Therefore, Automation and Robotics allows students 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. The main difference between the two is that the latter offers a co-op experience, which sees students participating in a work placement during which they apply what they have learned during their courses and have a chance to network. The two-year program offers a networking opportunity through its strong on-campus Automation and Robotics Student Society, which organizes events such as career nights and industrial visits.

Automation robotics engineering program offers a thorough understanding of theory, along with practical, hands-on laboratory experience. Basic technology used in building and operating automated industrial systems is covered, including: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and robotics. Specific courses within this programmable logic controllers-focused program include: Computer Aided Drafting (the dual purpose of this course is to allow 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); Technology, Society, Ethics and Environment (examines ethical issues governing social, technological and environmental policies, and the impact of their implementation); Electric Circuits (students are introduced to capacitors and their series and parallel circuit combinations in D.C.); and many others.

There are many jobs in automation robotics engineeringElectro-Mechanical Engineering - Automation and Robotics, especially in, programmable logic controllers. One option is maintenance, in which professionals fix assembly lines or technical sales and service, in which professionals them. In addition electro-mechanical engineers 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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Written by Emma, this article illustrates how Centennial College's Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician Automation and Robotics teaches students everything they need to know, including computer aided drafting and electric circuits.

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