automotive manufacturing

Robotics micro-credential

Explore industrial robotic motion, control and troubleshooting.

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 Robotics 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 learn about robotic motion, robot programming, and integration with a PLC, while focusing on industrial robotic safety measures. It’s comprised of three training modules: Safety and Fundamentas, Advanced Programming, and Integration and Applications. 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.

Robotics micro-credential modules

Robotics MOD1

Robotics module 1:
Safety and Fundamentals

Modern industrial robots are complex, integrated systems with electrical, electronic, mechanical and software aspects. Participants learn basic robotic programming, mechanical design of industrial robots, and tools used for applications such as gripping, welding and painting. Participants use simulation software and hands-on programming to learn, with safety emphasized throughout the course.

Robotics MOD2

Robotics module 2:
Advanced Programming

Participants cover advanced programming and hardware concepts associated with industrial robots; they also program multiple robots to work together and with other automation systems, increasing efficiency and throughput of industrial automation processes. Participants further their understanding of robot safety procedures and program organization by creating safety zones, subroutines and macros.

Robotics MOD3

Robotics module 3:
Integration and Applications

Participants learn about other types of industry robots, including cooperative robots and pick and place robots; labs teach students to design programs for and troubleshoot these robots. Participants learn how robots and PLCs integrate together and with manufacturing facilities; they also learn to justify the cost of automating a process.

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 partake 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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