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Part-time Advanced Certificate 1320adcert


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations 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 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.

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.

Program Entry

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

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

Applicants are required to complete the Pre-Entry Assessment form [PDF] to review their work experience and how they meet the entrance requirements.

Applicants that do not meet all entrance requirements may receive a study plan indicating required pre-entry courses.

The completed assessment form can be emailed to

You can apply if you have had the assessment and have completed any necessary pre-entry courses. A completed Pre-Entry Assessment form from the program area must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students who have applied to this program, have met the English requirement, and have already taken our part-time studies courses, TELC 0186 - PLC Level 1, TELC 0182 - PLC Level 2 , and TELC 0183 - PLC Level 3, are eligible to write a challenge exam that may allow them to skip the first course, ACIM 5010 - Programmable Controllers, and possibly ACIM 5030 - Advanced PLC and HMI in Manufacturing, depending on their challenge exam score.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.


Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  ACIM 5010 Programmable Logic Controllers 3.0
  ACIM 5020 Elements of Drafting and Renewable Energy Systems 3.0
  ACIM 5030 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers and Human Machine Interfaces in Manufacturing 3.0
  ACIM 5040 Variable Frequency Drives and Servos 3.0
  ACIM 6010 Introduction to Robotics 3.0
  ACIM 6020 Safety Controls and Intrinsically Safe Systems 3.0
  ACIM 6030 Process and Distributed Control Systems 3.0
  ACIM 6040 Industrial Communication and Data Acquisition 3.0
Total Credits: 24.0

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

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.

Program length

The maximum time to complete this program is seven years.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Ted Simmons, Department Head
Electrical Trades Program
Tel: 604-453-4045

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"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)