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Industrial Communication and Data Acquisition ACIM 6040

Automated Controls Installation & Maintenance Course

Course details

A significant part of the work to be performed on automated control systems includes installing and testing the associated cabling for new electric/electronic devices. In this course, students will be made aware of the characteristics of wired, fibreoptic, and wireless media and the installation requirements as per Canadian Electrical Code Section 60, Electrical Communication Systems, and CEC Section 56, Fibreoptics. Differences between industrial and business copper network cable installations, terminations, shielding, and connectorization will be demonstrated. Students will test category-type cables using a wiremap tester and a cable performance analyzer. Emerging power over Ethernet (POE) technology and the related electrical code requirements will be covered. Student lab work will include doing setups to enable the logging of data to allow analyses to be done to display trends and identify opportunities for optimizations. To demonstrate knowledge each student will be formally assessed by their peers and an instructor who will comprise a job interview panel.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of ACIM 6040 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 48105


Sat Oct 14 - Sat Nov 25 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 48105
  • $1098.49
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 14 - Nov 25 Sat 07:30 - 15:00 Burnaby SE01 Rm. 117


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. No class on November 11, 2023 (Remembrance Day). Registration is processed on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a part-time course cancellation, students will be notified at least five business days prior to the course start date. Please ensure your contact information (e.g. personal email address) is current. Check this website frequently to see if someone de-registers if the course becomes full. Please send your inquiries to

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Test copper twisted-pair communication cables.
  • Test legacy serial cable connections and use Ethernet and USB adapters.
  • Query intelligent devices using MODBUS protocol.
  • Set up remote monitoring using a VPN connection to a server in the cloud.
  • Configure XBee wireless communication to do simple bit monitoring and control on a remote device.
  • Use a HART loop calibrator to configure the URV (upper range value) and LRV (lower range value) of a HART-capable instrument.
  • Add new controller tags to augment an existing EVENTA supervisory control and data acquisition system and establish logical control connections between the tags using the EVENTA integrated automation engine.
  • Introduce a new automated system component which is to be monitored and maintained under a computerized maintenance management system.
  • Field questions and give explanations to a job interview panel.

Effective as of Winter 2018

Related Programs

Industrial Communication and Data Acquisition (ACIM 6040) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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