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January 12, 2018 3:10 PM

Robotics and Automation program highlighted in Maclean's 2018 college guide

Conestoga’s Mechanical Engineering Technology - Robotics and Automation advanced diploma program has been highlighted in the Maclean’s 2018 College and University Program Guide.

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Conestoga’s Mechanical Engineering Technology - Robotics and Automation advanced diploma program has been highlighted in the Maclean’s 2018 College and University Program Guide. The program boasts a 95 to 100 per cent graduate employment rate.

According to program coordinator John Tielemans, the typical employment rate for graduates six months after completion of the program is 95 to 100 per cent, with many students receiving employment offers before graduation.

He credits the high placement rates with the program’s successful co-op history and said regional employers typically turn to Conestoga graduates first: “I often have companies calling me asking if we have anyone wo can help them with their automation … I tell them we do - if you can get at them fast enough.”

The article profiles Ben Adams, a 2017 graduate of the program who is one of four Conestoga graduates working at Waterloo-based Ramp Manufacturing.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology - Robotics and Automation advanced diploma program combines theoretical knowledge with applied skills in the control of robotic and automated equipment using electronics, programmable automation controllers, computers, hydraulics and pneumatics. The program focuses on the development of skills in computer-aided design, mechanical technology, electric motors, servo-mechanisms, robotics, industrial automation and safety standards.

Students complete a third-year capstone project where the skills learned at school and on work terms are integrated into the proposal, design and construction of a fully functioning manufacturing work cell. Industry partners often get involved in these projects.

View the full Macleans article online.

Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and information technology programs. Visit the School of Engineering and Information Technology for more information about degree, diploma and certificate programs.

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