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Automation and Robotics Technician

Automation and Robotics Technician



Two semesters

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
September 2024

Trades & Technology Centre, 5579 Tyson Road, Chilliwack, BC



  • Learn cross-industry system control applications using 6 axis robotic arms, PLCs, motors, HMIs, pneumatics, and more
  • Learn in an advanced lab, featuring equipment from industry-leading manufacturers such as Kuka, ABB, Siemens, and others.
  • Program eligible for financial aid
  • Small class sizes: student/instructor ratio is 18:1


The UFV Automation and Robotics Technician diploma is designed to build on the knowledge you gained in the Electronics Technician Certificate program at UFV or elsewhere. When you graduate from UFV's Automation and Robotics Technician program, you will have the skills and confidence to build, maintain, calibrate and integrate automation and control systems. You can apply your training 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

View course descriptions in the academic calendar

Note: Graduates of this program will be eligible to write the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia’s Professional Practice and Ethics Examination. For fees and schedule related to this examination, please view information on the ASTTBC website.

Fall Semester
ELTR 201 Hydraulics & Pneumatics* 3 credits
ELTR 202 Microprocessors/Microcontrollers * 3 credits
ELTR 211 Programmable Logic Controllers* 3 credits
ELTR 220 Statistics for Electronics* 3 credits
ELTR 230 Electric Machines* 3 credits
  Total:  15 credits

*These courses have labs in addition to the class

Winter Semester
ELTR 214 Control Systems & Sensors* 5 credits
ELTR 216 Automation & Robotics Project 3 credits
ELTR 217 Robotics* 3 credits
ELTR 252 Microcontrollers (l)  3 credits 
ELTR 261  Programmable Logic Controllers  3 credits 
   Total:  17 credits 

*These courses have labs in addition to the class 


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 Certificate 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



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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Email: trades@ufv.ca
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