Industrial automation control systems have surged in use with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, as manufacturers begin integrating advanced automation technologies to improve equipment and labour efficiencies. One of the current challenges the industrial automation industry faces is a shortage of skilled and experienced automation technicians to fill in-demand positions. As well, many misconceptions about careers in the industry have led to a lack of interest from college recruits when in reality, there are huge opportunities for career growth. There is a wide range of career prospects for these technicians in automation, process control, PLCs, robotics, and motor control.
Automation Technicians are responsible for programming, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining a large variety of automation equipment in industrial manufacturing, such as automation systems, mechanical and electrical systems, PLCs, SCADA, and robotic systems.
Automation Technician Salaries
According to Neuvoo, the average salary for an automation technician is $28 an hour in Canada. The annual salary ranges from $31k to $80k (CAD), with $54,600 being the average.
Salary will vary according to factors such as location, individual skill set and experience, and company. Entry level technicians can expect a starting salary around $31k, and as they become more experienced, can expect to make closer to $80k.
Experienced Automation Technicians may have opportunities to manage teams of automation technicians, and may have advanced responsibilities such as researching, recommending, developing, testing and implementing industrial automation systems and technologies, modifying drafting designs of workstations to optimize manufacturing efficiencies, and working with other departments (e.g. business) to plan equipment upgrades and purchases.
Acquiring In-Demand Skills
There are many opportunities to gain the required automation training through a university or college degree, diploma, or a certificate. George Brown College offers an Automation Technician certificate program, which provides students with theoretical knowledge and hand-on-training in the areas of electro-mechanical systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and robotics.
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