Automation and Robotics Technician

Automation and Robotics Technician



Two semesters

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
September 2017

Trades & Technology Centre

$5845.40 + textbooks (Details)


  • Learn cross-industry system control applications using 6 axis robotic arms, PLCs, motors, HMIs, pneumatics, etc.
  • Use of a well-equipped and advanced lab with industry leading manufacturers such as Kuka, ABB, Siemens, and more.
  • Program eligible for financial aid
  • Small class sizes: instructor/student ratio is 20:1


Graduates from UFV's Automation and Robotics program are skilled trained technicians with the skills and confidence to build, maintain, calibrate and integrate automation and control systems in a wide variety of sectors, including agriculture, industrial manufacturing, and the oil and gas industry.

Sample topics include:

  • Technical drafting and AutoCAD applications
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic control systems
  • Microprocessors/microcontrollers and data acquisition
  • Project management and occupational organization
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Wiring, motors, and actuators
  • Control systems, including hands-on introduction to agricultural and manufacturing control systems
  • Automation and robotics project


Note: In addition, students must pass the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia’s Professional Practice and Ethics Examination to complete the requirements for graduation. For fees and schedule, please contact ASTTBC.


Opportunities for automation and robotics technicians exist in virtually every sector, from agriculture to technology to manufacturing.

UFV's Automation and Robotics program is recognized by the International Electronics Technician Articulation Committee – giving graduates national and global mobility when looking for work or further education. Upon successful completion of UFV’s Electronics Technician Common Core program, students will be able to transfer to other post-secondary institutions offering specialty programs.

Program graduates may find a career with:

  • Manufacturers of electronic equipment
  • Telecommunication centres
  • Instrumentation service centres
  • Business equipment service centres
  • Cable companies
  • Commercial sound companies


Successful completion of the Electronics Technician Common Core certificate (or equivalent, by permission of the Automation and Robotics Technican Advisory Committee)


Successful completion of other relevant post-secondary education (such as pre-electrical engineering, electrical engineering or physics courses), as evidenced by education transcripts.


Training experience and documented workplace hours in a related discipline.

Successful completion of ESL Advanced Speaking/Listening, and Writing course sequence may be required for applications for whom English is not a first language.

If you think you have the equivalent of these courses or acceptable technical background, contact us at 604-847-5448 to schedule a meeting with the Advisory Committee to determine if your suitability for admission.


If you are currently or recently employed in the electronics industry, our upgrading program allows you to complete your certificate requirements or to become proficient in a specific process or technique.

As an upgrading student, you are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience, approved by the program instructor.

Upgrading students cannot be enrolled for more than 13 weeks or cannot displace anyone registered in an upcoming intake. 


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