Welcome to the Automation Technician Program

Flexible Learning

Our self-paced Distance Education Automation Technician program is designed for adult learners seeking independent study in the rapidly growing field of manufacturing technology. Created for those who cannot attend college on a part- or full-time basis due to other commitments such as work and family, this program has no post-secondary academic prerequisites and is open to anyone who wishes to obtain their Automation Technician certificate.

Easy-to-use computer-based material

Featuring an interactive curriculum of text; video; 2D and 3D animations; audio clips, photos, and interactive lab simulations, the Automation Technician training program is divided into 18 modules. The modules include practical examples and instruction in using a wide range of required applications as well as covering both the theory and function of hydraulic and pneumatic systems; robotic systems; digital and industrial electronics; programming languages; and alarm management. The program also includes pre-tests, practice exams, interactive exercises, and online support. Final exams are written through our interactive online system.

Chopper circuit with voltage-controlled switch & current-to-voltage converter
Unipolar stepper motor drive simualtion

Flexible Registration Options

Register for the modules one at a time through our pay-as-you-learn registration option, which allows our students the freedom and flexibility to complete the program on their own schedule. The average completion time for the program is about 32 weeks of part-time study but students are welcome – and encouraged – to complete each module on their own timeline.

About George Brown College

GBC, Centre for Continuous Learning, is the third largest provider of distance education courses in North America. With over 70,000 full- and part-time students, GBC has 3 main campuses in Toronto, Canada and has established a virtual campus to provide on-line support to over 15,000 distance education students in 40 countries. GBC’s virtual campus provides online learners with many of the same support services offered through in-class, on-campus study including technical and tutorial support, testing and assessment, and employment postings.

The GBC School of Distance Education (SDE), framed by its own mission and values, was formed in 2014 in response to the significant increase in enrolment in distance education courses and programs within the Centre for Continuous Learning and in recognition of the unique challenges associated with supporting thousands of online students in different international time zones and in supporting the unique needs associated with asynchronous learning.

Find Out More

For more information about this program and how it can help you achieve your career goals, call our Program Coordinator, Angelo Vouloukos, or a Program Advisor toll-free at 1-888-553-5333 or email us at info@gbctechtraining.com.

The Automation Technician program was developed in response to today's requirements that technicians have a comprehensive "inter-professional" knowledge of electricity, electronics, electro-mechanics, robotics, and automation (PLCs).
- Colin Simpson, Dean, Continuous Learning, George Brown College

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