Four important reasons to get a career in robotics

Picture of Centennial College student in the robotics lab

A career with a future is important, and Automation and Robotics can give you a career that’ll stand the test of time. Automation and Robotics at Centennial College is a set of engineering technology programs focused on making machines do the work of people. Centennial’s programs teach you about all aspects of the technology, including how they’re built and how they’re programmed, by letting you get hands-on with cutting-edge robotic tech in our laboratories at Progress campus. But, aside from that, here’s why a career in the industry is a great idea:

Every industry is becoming more automated

Automation and robotics is the wave of the future, which means sooner or later, it’s going to work its way into every industry, extending well beyond manufacturing, into fields such as healthcare. Getting a career in it puts you ahead of the curve, and will make you more valuable as time goes on.

For example, Marketwatch wrote a list of some of the jobs that are now becoming automated. There are obvious ones, like the Roomba vacuums that can clean your house, military and bomb-diffusing robots, and electronic banking tellers. There are also some unusual ones, including cruise ships with robotic bartenders, pharmacies that receive prescriptions by computer and use robots to package and dispense doses (apparently they’re really reliable), farming robots can survey land, drive tractors, and harvest crops, and programs could even serve as news writers for shorter, stat-focused business and sports reports.

Another common one is robotic stockroom workers, as they go on to note that Amazon has extensively adopted them in America. Speaking of stockroom jobs….

Canada is a new market for automation and robotics

While the skills you learn at Centennial can be applied around the world, if you want to get a career locally, it’s a great time to join a newly-emerging Canadian market that’ll be looking for people. This story from CBC talks about how Canadian grocery retailer Sobey’s solved its problems by adopting robotic technology, having four different robotic distribution centres. Specifically, they use robots to take items off the shelf and pack them onto pallets to ship.

The story goes on to talk about how Canadian retailers were slow to pick automation up, but it’s an expanding field. It specifically mentions retailer Hudson’s Bay, where orders that used to take two and a half hours to pack are now shipped out in 15 minutes. Finally, they talk about what it will do to the job market, which is where you come in.

Automation and robotics fundamentally changes the job market.

The big fear around automation is that it will cost us jobs, when it really means that the jobs that exist will be different. For example, robotics company Acieta talks about how increasing automation means that mundane, dangerous tasks get replaced with more fulfilling ones, like management, or simply engineering and programming the robots. Remember, people need to design, operate, run and manage the technology that’ll be used. That Marketwatch story even notes that robotics could create 15 million new jobs. Once again, gaining a career in automation and robotics would future-proof your job, helping you become a part of the new human workforce.

Automation and Robotics at Centennial College comes in lots of different forms

There are a total of six different Automation and Robotics programs at Centennial College, which means they come in whatever format you need. Our Technician and Technology programs come as full-time diploma programs that run for two and three years. If you’re a qualified college or university graduate, you can take fast-track versions of both programs that can take as little as a single year. The Technology version of the program also has a Co-Op version, which lets you gain hands-on experience in the field on top of your lab experience at Centennial. No matter what your needs, we have the program for you.

By Anthony Geremia


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