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Process Automation

Automotive Technology | Biotechnology

Develop highly tuned analytical and design skills and gain specialized knowledge in sensors, instruments, actuators, industrial networks, process control and automation, SCADA, programming, statistical process control, Internet technologies, and the integration of plant floor data with business systems.  Take a multidisciplinary approach with subjects in chemical, mechanical, electrical, electronics, and computer engineering.

Careers: Graduates use hardware and software to improve the efficiency of plants and labs in industries such as  petrochemicals,  power  generation,  pharmaceuticals, and primary steel.  They may design control systems and assembly lines, develop and program robotics, or advise on safety policies and procedures for automated technologies.

In addition to the courses listed in the curriculum shown below, this four-year program requires 3 mandatory 4-month co-op work terms.

Process Automation Curriculum


Fall (Sept - Dec)

Winter (Jan - Apr)

Summer (May-Aug)

Year 1

Level IA

Level IB


Year 2

Level IIA

Level IIB

Co-op Work Term 1

Year 3

Level IIIA

Co-op – Work Term 2

Co-op – Work Term 3

Year 4

Level IIIB

Level IVA


Year 5

Level IVB

*Co-op work-term possibilities for the summers in years 1 and 4 should be discussed with the ECCS office.

The GEN TECH requirements have been revised, please refer to your Advisement Report on MOSAIC for your degree requirements.

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Level IA
WHMIS 1A00      Introduction to Health and Safety
ENG TECH 1CH3 Chemistry
ENG TECH 1CP3 C++ Programming
ENG TECH 1MC3 Mathematics I
ENG TECH 1PH3 Physics
GEN TECH 1CS3 Communication Skills I
Level IB
ENG TECH 1AC3 Analytical Chemistry
ENG TECH 1EL3 Electricity and Electronics I
ENG TECH 1MT3 Mathematics II
ENG TECH 1PR3 Object-Oriented Programming 
GEN TECH 1CZ3 Communication Skills II
Level IIA
PROC TECH 2CA3 CAD for Design
PROC TECH 2CE3 Chemical Engineering I
PROC TECH 2EE3 Electricity and Electronics II
PROC TECH 2IC3 Instrumentation & Control
ENG TECH 2MA3 Mathematics III
GEN TECH 2PW3 Professional Workplace Practices 
Level IIB
PROC TECH 2EC3 Chemical Engineering II
PROC TECH 2IO3 Industrial Organic Chemistry
PROC TECH 2PL3 PLCs and Automation I
ENG TECH 2MT3 Mathematics IV
GEN TECH 2EE3 Engineering Economics
GEN TECH 2MP3 Management Principles
Level IIIA
PROC TECH 3CT3 Control Theory I
PROC TECH 3PL3 PLCs and Automation II
PROC TECH 3SC3 System Control and Data Acquisition I
ENG TECH 3ES3 Engineering Statistics
GEN TECH 3FF3 Financial Systems
GEN TECH 3MT3 Project Management
Level IIIB
PROC TECH 3CE3 Chemical Engineering III
PROC TECH 3MC3 Motion Control and Robotics
PROC TECH 3SD3 System Control and Data Acquisition II
ENG TECH 3MN3 Modelling and Numerical Solutions
GEN TECH 3LS3 Quality Control and Assurance Methods
GEN TECH 3ET3 Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation
Level IVA
PROC TECH 4CT3 Control Theory II
PROC TECH 4IC3 Industrial Networks and Controllers
PROC TECH 4IT3 Internet Technologies and Databases
PROC TECH 4MT2 Materials Technology
PROC TECH 4TR1 Capstone Design Project I (continues through Level 4B)
GEN TECH 4TS3 Technology and Society
GEN TECH 4OM3 Operations Management
Level IVB
PROC TECH 4AS3 Advanced Systems Components and Integration
PROC TECH 4MS3 Manufacturing Systems
PROC TECH 4SS3 System Specification and Design
PROC TECH 4TR3 Capstone Design Project II (continues from Level 4A)
GEN TECH 4FT3 Strategic Management
GEN TECH 4TE3 Technology Ethics and Sustainability