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The Advanced Certificate in Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance (ACIM) will build upon the knowledge and skills evolved during an electrician apprenticeship or an engineer’s practical training and experience.

Program delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the coming semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The increasing complexity of industrial automated control systems demands installation and maintenance people who are computer literate and who can communicate with co-workers who will often be, like themselves, working across disciplines. ACIM program graduates will be charged with doing installations and given considerable responsibility in the set-up and maintenance of industry-recognized equipment.

The program will be offered part-time, with the following time split:

  • 50% lab and BCIT site activities
  • 40% classroom
  • 10% online, including troubleshooting simulator access, D2L quizzes and assignments, remote BCIT lab access, and research.

The program will incorporate a blend of traditional face-to-face instruction, problem-based learning, collaborative learning, and individual hands-on practical project assignments, as well as a strong laboratory component to foster experiential learning. Students in the program will be exposed to a very wide range of up-to-date equipment at BCIT.


“In full support of a strong electrical industry, ACIM is designed to give electrical students and practitioners specialized hands-on training experience they need to be leaders in the emerging field of automated controls. I am eager to see what BCIT’s advanced certificate program and our apprenticeship program can accomplish together.”

Endre “Andy” Cleven
Training Director (Emeritus)
Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC)

Entrance Requirements

The program allows students to take courses ACIM 5010, ACIM 5020, ACIM 5030, and 5040 for general interest without formal admission.

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Certificate in Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze electrical and electronic circuits at an intermediate level.
  2. Quantify typical energy transformations that occur in automated control systems.
  3. Program an automated machine tool to manufacture an object requiring multiple machining steps.
  4. Make drawings to integrate industrial control system electrical and electronic components.
  5. Specify the electrical codes, standards, practices, and requirements for the installation of electrical and electronic components of automated control systems while complying with manufacturers’ instructions.
  6. Use test instruments to diagnose automated control system problems.
  7. Set up communication equipment for remote and local monitoring and control of automated control systems while maintaining security perimeters.
  8. Provide support for commissioning and troubleshooting of automated control systems, including the calibration and programming of measurement and control devices.
  9. Use enterprise asset management system software to effectively and safely maintain a large-scale automated control system.
  10. Train system users in the operation of complex control systems; advise of hazards; stress safe operating procedures.
  11. Analyze automated control systems’ performance to make recommendations for optimization of process material and energy savings, and to increase production.
  12. Effectively and safely work with engineers, designers, and technical support people to install, calibrate, commission, modify, repair, and maintain automated control systems.

Graduating & Jobs

Based on BC employment data, there are many employers who have hired and will hire our graduates from different sectors, such as manufacturing, utility plants, railway, shipbuilding, government, pulp and paper mills, oil and gas transport, and mining.  The following companies have hired many electrician and electrical practitioners:

  • Metro Vancouver
  • Howe Sound Pulp and Paper
  • BC Hydro
  • Fortis BC
  • BC Maritime Employers Association
  • BC Ferries
  • Coast Mountain Electric
  • Crown Packaging
  • International Forest Products
  • Shell Canada
  • Teck Resources Ltd.
  • YVR
  • IBEW Electrical Union

All the employers listed above will readily accept graduates of the advanced electrical training, which will respond to the increased demand for Industrial electrical workers.  In addition, all employers will be interested in hiring graduates with these skill sets given the legal obligations regarding workers safety and environmental controls. Of course, the list above is not exhaustive. Dozens of other employers who engage in industrial automation maintenance and installation work would be in addition to the list.

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