Monday, March 18, 2013

Automation Robotics Engineering In the Spotlight

Imagine attending one program focused on electrical mechancial engineering technology and automation robotics engineering, and being able to work in the manufacturing sectors of areas such as: automotive, food, pharmaceuticals, packaging, aircraft and communication. It's possible for students who attend Centennial College's Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician - Automation and Robotics, which offers highly portable knowledge and makes students in high demand.

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technicians field 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.

In order to prepare students for the field, Centennial College emphasizes automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries. As such, automation robotics engineering training involves in-depth study from fundamentals to advanced systems, instilling an understanding of theory, along with practical, hands-on laboratory experience. Hands-on experience is offered in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics. Meanwhile, specific courses within this electrical mechanical engineering technology-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); Statics (introduces students to problems depicting realistic situations encountered in engineering practice. Applied Statics is a branch of Applied Mechanics and involves the study of forces and the effect of forces acting on bodies in equilibrium without motion or moving with constant velocity); Electric Circuits (students are introduced to capacitors and their series and parallel circuit combinations in D.C.); and many others.

The two-year program, which has key-school status with the U.S.-based Fluid Power Education Foundation (FPEF), 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.

It is worth noting that 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 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, work alongside seasoned professionals and have a opportunity to network.

Applicants interested in learning about electrical mechanical engineering at Centennial College's Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician offering are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be19 years of age or older. Additionally, they must have 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.

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