industrial automation at a plant

Industrial Automation micro-credential

Explore the fundamentals of modern automation.

In partnership with the Government of Ontario, Georgian College is proud to introduce the RapidSkills program — supporting auto and advanced manufacturing workers in a changing economy.

For a limited time, the RapidSkills program tuition and training costs are free for eligible participants and employers.

About the Industrial Automation micro-credential

The RapidSkills program consists of four micro-credentials, which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certificates based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers, designed to upskill workers in a part-time format.

In this three-module, 96-hour micro-credential, participants explore the fundamentals of modern automation, progressively learning more advanced control techniques and technology.  They gain an understanding of how devices such as sensors, cylinders and valves are integrated and controlled by a PLC. Participants with prior experience may write an assessment to prove competencies and receive an exemption from one or all sections.

Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each micro-credential module and for the completion of the entire RapidSkills program.

After moving to Ontario, I needed working knowledge of industrial automation and manufacturing to find employment. While taking this course, I was able to prove key concepts to my current employer which resulted in them hiring me. Alex Lambrecht, Maintenance Electrician

Industrial Automation micro-credential modules

Industrial automation MOD1

Industrial Automation module 1:
Fundamentals

Participants learn the fundamentals of pneumatic and electro pneumatic controls, including industrial sensors, control valves, and pneumatic cylinders. Participants begin with the make up and operating characteristics of control circuit components, followed by the design and troubleshooting of control circuits. Lab exercises provide hands-on experience with design, production and troubleshooting.

Industrial Automation MOD2

Industrial Automation module 2:
PLC Programming

Participants expand their knowledge of industrial inputs and outputs, learning functional design, hardware configuration, programming, and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) application. Labs incorporate design and programming of PLC control circuits, using industrial applications as examples. Participants use PLC programming software to create their programs and test their control designs.

Industrial Automation MOD3

Industrial Automation module 3:
Advanced Controls and Integration

Progressing from Automation 2, participants increase their knowledge of PLCs by learning new hardware and programming tools. Participants learn how a PLC interconnects with other PLCs to control large automation lines; how it interacts with industrial robots; and how complex input and output analog devices are used in controls design.

How the RapidSkills program works

Registration for the RapidSkills program — including individual micro-credentials — is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers. Registration is also open to individuals referred to the program by an Employment Ontario service provider or by their current employer. Interested individuals may also self-identify by contacting us.

The RapidSkills program will cover the cost of tuition and other training costs for eligible employers and participants.

Program candidates

Program candidates are individuals who:

  • have been laid off due to labour market disruption
  • are at high risk of being laid off due to market disruption
  • are underutilized workers (includes individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, waiting for employment or discouraged workers)

Intake avenues

  • Employer referral
    • Your employer can refer you to participate in the program.
  • Employment Ontario referral
    • If you are unemployed, Employment Ontario must refer you to participate in the program.
  • Self-identification
    • You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff. We will help facilitate the process in partnership with your employer or Employment Ontario.

Intake process

  1. Eligibility requirements
    • All individuals will go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, including testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas.
  2. Orientation
    • Once accepted into the program, participants will go through a brief orientation.

Featured faculty

Adam Bowman

Faculty for the Industrial Automation and Robotics micro-credentials

With over 20 years experience working with robotics and automation, occupying various roles such as a new-build integrator in advanced manufacturing, and now as a college professor and corporate trainer, Adam Bowman brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience. He enjoys working with students and industrial partners to help meet their learning needs and provide companies the opportunity to keep pace with the ever-changing technology landscape.

I want to be an employer partner

If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate, you may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training free of charge while continuing to work.

If you’re an employer and want to hire a participant, you may register with RapidSkills staff to become an employer of choice. This will provide you with access to employees who graduate from the program with the most up-to-date, in-demand, sectoral-focused skills. RapidSkills and Employment Ontario staff will work collaboratively to ensure each participant completes the program in full and that employers have access to any additional programming.

I want to be a participant

Individuals may self-identify for the program and obtain a referral through either Employment Ontario or their current employer, per the criteria above. Participants will be referred to RapidSkills staff, go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, receive testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas, and participate in a program orientation.

If a participant believes they have acquired competencies gained in a micro-credential module through education and/or work, they may request skill testing to challenge for completion of that module (and receipt of the applicable digital badge). Once a participant has completed each module and/or received all digital badges associated with the micro-credential, they will be granted the full micro-credential.

Upon completion of a micro-credential, a participant may be eligible for credit transfers into select Georgian College programs.

Participants may be required to participate in industrial certification and/or employability skills training. This will provide certifications including, but not limited to, Working at Heights, Forklift Training and Electrical Safety.

Contact us

Our team is always available for questions related to corporate training including group rates, custom programming and how to best utilize Georgian resources.

Contact information

[email protected]
705.728.1968, ext. 1423

One Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON  L4M 3X9

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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