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Learn about the Automation course.

Part of the Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 Program.

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Online Live

Automation systems are a major piece of the Industry 4.0 paradigm and can be readily found across all levels of the manufacturing landscape. From simple process parameter monitoring to enterprise level planning systems, people co-working with automation is a key driver of manufacturing performance and efficiency. Participants will work through different levels of automation systems, discovering applications and opportunities to improve efficiency, communication, and decision making.

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Live Online Teaching

Real-time interactive conference-style education brought to you anywhere.

Earn a McMaster Certificate

Walk away with a McMaster Certificate and practical skills to think and problem-solve like a leader.

Skilled Industry Experts

Hear from academic instructors and experienced industry experts across disciplines.

Accelerated Learning

Achieve more than you expected in each burst 60 - 90 minute topic sessions over 3 days.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of co-working with automation and how it is critical to your organization and successful integration of automation.

  • Case studies on implementing different control systems, and you will learn how best to design and setup effective communication between automated systems and people throughout your organization.

Course Structure


Hours of Training


Consecutive Days


Course Content Breakdown

Module 2

  • Identifying processes and procedures for automation.

Module 3

  • Fixed vs Programmable vs Flexible.

Module 4

  • Automation technology, reviewing different types, the required infrastructure, technical requirements, and investment.

Module 5

  • Monitoring, control, and supervision.

Module 6

  • SCADA, Manufacturing Execution, and ERP Systems.

Module 7

  • Co-working with automation, effective human-machine-interfacing.

Upcoming Course Dates

View the dates for our upcoming program courses.

Under Development

Admission Details

Participants must hold or be completing a degree or diploma from a recognized university or college; hold a relevant certificate in sustainability from a recognized university; or have equivalent professional experience.

Please contact the Program Lead if you have specific questions about the background knowledge required to maximize your benefits from the program.

Tuition & Fees

Please note costs noted below are in CAD dollars, and do not include the 13% HST - Harmonized Sales Tax charged for Canadian Applicants.

NGEN AMP UP Participants & Association Members

Subsidized Cost

Course Certificate

$750 CAD

McMaster Alumni

& NGEN Members

Discount Cost

Course Certificate

$1500 CAD

Regular Cost

Regular cost for this course

Course Certificate

$2000 CAD

Learn more about our subsidy programs, and pre-qualifying requirements.


Course Brochure

Would you like a PDF copy of the Automation Course Brochure?

Click to download the PDF.

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Please note this course is under development, check back for updates once finalized.

Program Lead

Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

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Andy Simoneau

McMaster University

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

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Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 Program

Learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 Program and the four courses offered.

  • Industry 4.0 and Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Big Data, AI, and Cyber-Security

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Hybrid Engineering

  • Automation

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