Applied & Technical Studies

Specialize in automation and robotics

Specialize in automation and robotics

From satellites to factory floors, automation and robotic technologies are omnipresent, helping to improve operational efficiency and increase safety, productivity, and profitability.

You can launch an exciting career in this cutting-edge field with 51's Automation and Robotics Technician diploma. The diploma is designed to build on the knowledge you gained in the Electronics Certificate at 51 or elsewhere and fully equips you to maintain, repair, calibrate, and support the automation equipment and control systems used in a wide variety of industries.

In addition to building up your troubleshooting and repair skills, the program also helps you develop the ability to support engineers with technical assistance in designing and improving systems and equipment.

In the lab, you learn the hand-ons techniques necessary to isolate and resolve system malfunctions. You get to practice your problem-solving skills on real-world agricultural and manufacturing control systems and equipment.

The program complies with national and international standards for accreditation with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board, which guarantees international recognition of your academic qualifications under the Dublin Accord.

After you complete your Automation and Robotics Technician diploma, you are fully equipped to enter the workplace, or continue your studies to bridge into an engineering program or complete industry-specific specialty courses.

Career Outlook for Automation & Robotics Technicians

Opportunities for automation and robotics technicians exist in virtually every sector, from agriculture to health care to manufacturing. Forestry, mining, natural gas, technology, and transportation — five of the BC Jobs Plan’s priority sectors — rely on the skills of technologists, technicians, and technical specialists to keep their equipment running at top performance.

In fact, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) reports that there are not enough skilled technicians in the field to satisfy demand. As a result, manufacturers have experienced workforce shortages that have affected their ability to expand operations or improve production.

Because automation and robotics technicians play an essential role in the emerging knowledge-based economy worldwide, they are assured diverse and exciting career opportunities with above-average income potential.