Our Graduates Share Their Experiences with the Online Technical Training Programs

Friday 1 Mar 2019

Here at GBCTechtraining, we are very proud of our graduates. Their stories inspire us, and we hope they will inspire you as well!

This post highlights some of our graduates' experiences and gives a bit of insight into how our online technical certificate programs have impacted their careers and lives.

Our graduates have created opportunities to get the jobs they want

Our students come from many different stages of their professional lives. Some are just starting out in their careers, while others are already well established. Regardless of stage, all our grads realized the opportunities available from taking our programs. Their increased knowledge and skills, combined with the confidence to take that next step in their career, has benefitted many greatly.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of them have to say!

Brian Archer Electromechanical Graduate

By completing the program, Brian has moved from production to a member of the pre-apprenticeship technical team. He "has applied a lot of what [he] learned to [his] job and is now responsible for the technical maintenance side of things rather than just being focused on the production side." Brian Archer Electromechanical Graduate

Claude Clivet

Claude uses his ‘new skills on a daily basis and has seen [his] responsibilities change.' But even more dramatically, he has much greater confidence in dealing with different situations at work, eliminating stress and errors on the job. 'I knew the effort [to take the programs] would pay back later on, and I wasn’t wrong. I see my awesome personal results every day at work.’ Claude Clivet PLC & PLC II Graduate

Peter Brink

"In my current job, we usually don’t have a lot to do with “in-depth” electronics but I figured that this program would not only help with my diagnostics skills but with my interest in it as a hobby.

The Electronics program certainly helps with my work and perhaps if I decide on a career change it will look good on my resume!

As a final note, if this program wasn’t available online, it would not have been possible for me to take it and achieve my goals. Thank you for the opportunity and your help." Peter Brink, Electronics Technician Graduate

Finding the time to learn while juggling the busy day to day of our lives

We know that for our students, time is one of their most valuable resources. Our programs allow our students to work at their own pace, leaving the scheduling of learning, studying and exams up to them.

Through this flexible computer-based training format, our students are able to seek and find the right work life balance to allow them to be successful in these programs. They are able to continue working and spend the time they need with their families while still being able to earn the professional credentials.

Here are some examples of students who used their time to take our programs while still keeping up their busy lives.

Anton Arkhipov EM Graduate

With a typical 2 month on/off rotation, Anton was able to work on the Electromechanical Technician program on board the ship and then take his online exams when he was on holiday. Given his unusual schedule Anton found the program gave him essential “flexibility and absolute freedom to study and take exams based on his own readiness”. Anton Arkhipov Electromechanical Technician Graduate

 M.R. LeBlanc

"The part I enjoyed most was the ability to do the coursework at my own pace. While having many work commitments, including travelling, I was able to study from anywhere with a windows based computer. This option allowed me to complete the program, keep my employer happy and still spend quality time with my children. (vs. mandatory course curriculum and physical attendance) “ M. R. LeBlanc PLC Technician Graduate

D. David PLC Graduate

"I have a family and I needed to find a school that was not going to tie me down and give me the flexibility to work on it when I have time." Dave David PLC Technician Graduate

Sharpening skills and practical know how

Knives need sharpening once in a while and so do your skills. Our programs help our students hone their skills. The programs integrate lab experiments with the theory through the use of software that simulates the behavior of real manufacturing tools and systems. It’s a great way to get experience and practice.

Students have the freedom to refer back to the program material using the simulation software to try all the "what-if" scenarios – for example with CircuitLogix, changing parts or component values, then re-running the simulation to see how changes affect the circuit's operation and performance.

Here are some comments from students about their learning experiences and sharpening their skills.

PLC Technician Graduate

"The PLC simulator is an excellent tool allowing me to actually write and run programs. PLCs are an integral part of my current job and I now feel more proficient with them.’ Monica Golding PLC Technician Graduate

Yousif Ahmed Balla

"The most amazing part of this program is the practical side; the LogixSim simulation software gave me the hands-on experience to build my skills and technique. The PLC lab projects were especially helpful and covered many areas that could be applied to my current job. The program has given me the confidence to get involved in other project in the automation field.” Yousif Ahmed Balla Automation Technician Graduate

Stuart DeJong

"The RSLogix Simulator was most useful and overall the program has given me a better understanding of the various types of sensors and controls used on different machinery. Additionally, the people on phone support were very helpful with my technical issues connecting to the exam server." Stuart DeJong, PLC Technician Graduate

To find out more about our programs, please give us a call, toll free at 1-888-553-5333 or contact us by email at

*Article originally posted in 2015, updated March 1, 2019*

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