Industrial Automation Technician Diploma

Learn to work on all types of electronic systems including motor controls and programmable logic controllers, data acquisition, process control systems and robotics. You’ll work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, with a combined total of 1,400 hours of practical training, including a capstone project. As a graduate you’ll qualify to work in a variety of industries including renewable energy, oil and gas, manufacturing and more.


Watch a virtual program information session with instructors Cory Batch and Brad Harsell and recruiter Renae Roles.

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September 2021
Length: 1 year
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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The great thing about this industry is the variety – anything you can think about can be automated. The possibilities are endless. It’s really exciting to work in a field like that.

Jonathan Levasseur, Industrial Automation Technician graduate

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Program Requirements

  • ELC-201 Process Measurement
  • ELC-205 Process Control Devices
  • ELC-206 Process Control Systems
  • ELC-215 Programmable Logic Controllers I
  • ELC-216 Programmable Logic Controllers II
  • ELC-220 AutoCAD for Technicians
  • ELC-230 Industrial Power Electronics
  • ELC-235 Electrical Power Circuits and Machines
  • ELC-240 Industrial Control of Chemical Processes
  • ELC-250 Fluid Power Controls
  • ELC-260 Data Acquisition and Control Systems
  • ELC-270 Control System Project

Completion Requirements

To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum of B- in each course.


Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Electronics Core Technician program or the "core" electronics course requirements at any college or institute that is a member of the International Electronics Technician Articulation Committee.
  2. Submit the following:
    a) post-Secondary educational transcripts or related training documentation and, if applicable
    b) documentation of workplace hours in related discipline, and
    c) interview with instructor, after review of above documents.

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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To Be Successful

  • Teamwork, an aptitude for mathematics and good communication and analytic skills are basic to success.
  • Enthusiasm, coupled with adaptability, flexibility and good computer skills are also a necessity.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Brad C Harsell

Brad C Harsell


Certified Engineering Technologist, Applied Science Technologist

Subjects: Electronics
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9732 | Location DWG - 217

Program Highlights

As an industrial automation technician you will design, install, and maintain electronics equipment used in modern industrial processes. You will work on a wide range of systems, from the simplest fuses and motors to sophisticated electronic computer interface boards, motor drives, programmable logic controllers, solid-state devices and robotics.
You will take three courses in instrumentation and process control, two courses in programmable logic controllers, two courses in electrical power and power electronics and one course in each of AutoCAD, industrial control of chemical processes, fluid power and data acquisition. Each course uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including industrial robots. An intensive hands-on lab program is supplemented with industry-relevant field trips.
You will be introduced to the types of specialty equipment typically used in the industrial automation industry. These include instrumentation and process control systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) of all types, variable frequency drives or inverter drives, human machine interfaces (HMIs), fluid systems including hydraulic and pneumatic positioners and drives, robotics and controls and microprocessor-operated equipment of many different types. Computers are used to interface with all of these systems and equipment.
You will accumulate 700 hours of hands-on lab time in the first year core program and 700 hours during the second year of the program, for a total of 1,400 hours of practical training upon completion. In some provinces, this time credit can be applied toward your apprenticeship.
If you hold a Red Seal in an electrical trade, you may be eligible to enter this program through an alternative route. This involves an assessment of your prior learning from your apprenticeship and recommendations for any studies needed. Contact the instructor for further information.
NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician program has been accredited by the Canadian Forces and graduates can gain advanced standing as a naval electronics technician. For more information, visit Paid Education.

Career Opportunities

As an Industrial Automation Technician graduate, you will discover career opportunities in high demand fields such as engineering design, maintenance, industrial control, supervisory control and data acquisition, industrial networking and technical sales. Or, transition into an instrumentation or electrical apprenticeship with advanced standing. 

Graduates typically obtain well-paying careers in industries including renewable energy, transportation, forest products, pulp and paper, chemical processing, oil/gas/petroleum, mining and metal processing, steam generation and utilities, water and waste water treatment, food and beverage manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, textiles, materials handling and electronics/semiconductors manufacturing. Due to the increasing use of electronics in all of these fields, opportunities will continue to grow.

Supply List

You are required to obtain the following basic supplies and tools:

  • three-ring binder
  • pen, pencil, highlighter
  • lined paper and graph paper
  • ruler
  • scientific calculator 
  • a tablet or laptop capable of displaying PDF files and accessing online audio/video

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,085
NISU Fees $153
Lab Fees $95
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $163
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,771

Students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

International Fees

Tuition $14,468
NISU Fees $153
Student Services Fees $918
Lab Fees $95
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $163
Health and Dental $275
Total $18,072

Additional Costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.