Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automation and Robotics (Co-op)

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Program Code: 4116

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus

Email: automation@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2356

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automation and Robotics PTY (Co-op) program equips you to take on a key role in the changing world of technology, with in-depth knowledge and workplace experience.

Because automation is used in virtually every industry today, the demand is high for trained graduates of this advanced diploma program. In this leading-edge program, you learn about all aspects of electromechanical technology, including mechanics, electricity, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), motion control, HMI design and more.

Courses in this college robotics program pay special attention to embedded systems using microcontrollers, quality control using vision inspection and SPC, and continuous feedback control using PID. You become familiar with the integration of automated equipment through its design, fabrication and installation.

With automation being used in virtually every industry today, the demand is high for trained graduates.

This engineering program gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete a full one-year work term as a paid employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
MATH-170 Technology Mathematics 2 Progress Campus
PHYS-100 Physics Progress Campus
ROBO-112 Electric Circuits Progress Campus
ROBO-115 Computer Aided Drafting Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MATH-180 Technology Mathematics 3 Progress Campus
ROBO-121 Hydraulic Systems 1 Progress Campus
ROBO-122 Pneumatic Components Progress Campus
ROBO-123 Statics Progress Campus
ROBO-234 Electronic Devices Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
AMEG-212 Applied Ethics in Technology and the Environment Progress Campus
MATH-231 Differential Calculus and Analytic Geometry Progress Campus
MT-120 Machine Shop Progress Campus
ROBO-124 Digital Electronics Progress Campus
ROBO-231 Hydraulic Systems 2 Progress Campus
ROBO-237 Robotic Devices Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Progress Campus
MATH-232 Integral Calculus Progress Campus
ROBO-240 Mechanics and Materials Progress Campus
ROBO-241 Hydraulic Systems 3 Progress Campus
ROBO-242 PLC/Pneumatic Interfacing Progress Campus
ROBO-247 Robotic Applications Progress Campus
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
ROBO-350 Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics Progress Campus
ROBO-351 Hydrostatic Systems and Design Progress Campus
ROBO-352 PLC/Pneumatic Systems 1 Progress Campus
ROBO-354 Electric Machinery & Microcontrollers Progress Campus
ROBO-356 Design & Development Project I Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP-222 Co-op Work Term 1 (4116)

COOP-331 Co-op Work Term 2 (4116)

COOP-332 Co-op Work Term 3 (4116)

Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
ROBO-361 Electro-hydraulic Systems Progress Campus
ROBO-362 PLC/Pneumatic Systems 2 Progress Campus
ROBO-363 Diagnostics and Maintenance Progress Campus
ROBO-364 Feedback Control Progress Campus
ROBO-366 Design & Development Project II Progress Campus
ROBO-367 Industrial Production Applications Progress Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automation and Robotics program includes hands-on experience in PLCs and robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and microcontrollers, motion control, automated vision systems, SPC and HMI design.
  • There is a strong on-campus Automation and Robotics Student Society that organizes events such as career nights and industrial visits.
  • Thanks to key-school status with the U.S.-based Fluid Power Education Foundation (FPEF), you can receive scholarships and job search support.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in continuing studies with:

  • McMaster University (Bachelor of Technology)
  • Cape Breton University, one-year articulated program (Bachelor of Engineering Technology)


The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automation and Robotics program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).


Career Outlook

  • Controls and automation technologist
  • Robotics programmer
  • PLC programmer
  • Robotic welding technician
  • Machine builder
  • Integrator
  • Installer
  • Fluid power technologist
  • Technical sales specialist
  • Field service technologist

Academic Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,043.00 $3,978.50
International $14,140.00 $2,326.00 $16,466.00