What to expect from a career in Robotics, Automation and Electromechanical Engineering
Automation and robotics programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for work in a number of fields, from robotics and computer control methods to hydraulics and pneumatics. Emphasis on assembly languages means students are prepared for work in the computer and IT field as well as in the engineering industry.
If you’ve got a technical mind that you’d like to apply to robotics engineering training, here’s what you need to know.
Robotics and Automation Courses
Robotics and automation programs (usually offered as two- or three-year programs) are generally classified under electromechanical engineering technology, which means skills will focus on the manufacturing and industrial applications of robotics. Math, computer applications and electrical courses will provide a knowledge base for specialized courses such as mechatronics and programming.
Hands-on learning using the latest robotics technology will be a big part of most program curriculums. Students will practice the skills necessary to build, repair, troubleshoot and maintain electromechanical equipment. Many programs offer the opportunity to build small robots or robotic parts as an in-class project.
A career planning course and field placement may also be part of a robotics program to prepare students for work in real-world settings.
General Robotics and Automation Program Requirements
Robotics and automation programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English and grade 12 mathematics credit. Additional mathematics or physics courses may be required and are always an asset. Some institutions may include their own mathematics and English testing as part of the selection process.
Note: Some Ontario college robotics and automation programs will specialize in certain applications, such as welding robotics. Be sure to read each program description carefully before choosing.
Robotics and Automation Jobs and Salaries
Robotics graduates can choose to specialize in a number of areas, including (but not limited to):
- Pneumatic / hydraulic specialist
- Industrial robotics
- Robotics engineering
- Robotic programming
- PLC programmer
Other automation jobs in the industry include technical sales, consulting services, system installation services and in-plant maintenance.
Average salaries in the field could start as low as $30,000 a year and as high as $50,000, depending on the area of specialization. Electrical automation careers tend to be on the higher end of the pay scale, with average salaries of around $75,000 a year with experience.
Ontario Colleges Offering Robotics and Automation Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of robotics and automation programs at Ontario colleges.