August Tech Bytes


What Does the Rise of Robotics Mean for Manufacturing?

Industrial robots are about to revolutionize manufacturing. As they become faster, smarter and cheaper, they’re being called upon to do more. They’re taking on more “human” capabilities and traits such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability.

Exploring the Next Revolution of 3D Printing in Industrial Manufacturing

No one could have predicted the revolution of 3D printing, from creating trinkets and souvenirs to industrial and equipment manufacturing. Now 3D printing has become an integral part of manufacturing to cater so many uses and applications. Click here for details


Aging Workforce Puts Strain On Skilled Manufacturing Workers

GE Aviation is scrambling to not only fill those jobs, but to find workers with the needed skills to take on jobs that are becoming ever more technologically advanced.  Click here for details

Education paying off in qualified manufacturing workforce

There’s no secret about the biggest obstacle to the regions attempt to grow an economy based on advanced manufacturing. Click here for details


Fall is the time of year many of us start to think about going back to school. And naturally, concerns regarding the logistics of continuing your education with a family and job may arise. With George Brown College’s online technical programs you don’t need to compromise your current job or lifestyle because the course work can be completed at your own pace from home. Our programs prepare you for success by providing the training and knowledge required for today’s competitive work place.

By taking the PLC Technician program M. R. Leblanc was able to advance his career goals on his own time. “While having many work commitments, including traveling, I was able to study from anywhere...This option allowed me to complete the program, keep my employer happy and still spend quality time with my children.”

Here are four reasons to consider the online technical programs from George Brown College.

  1. Our programs offer continuous enrolment so you can start this week, next month or at any time that’s convenient to you.
  2. Our programs are self-paced and designed to work in your schedule, not ours; we provide you with curriculum and the support but leave the scheduling of studying and exams up to you.
  3. Online easy-to-use testing - exams are written online using a computer-based testing package. A timed, 90 minute exam is taken after each module in the program.
  4. Unlimited tutorial and technical support - Our support center staff is available Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, EST and Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST to assist you with any questions or problems.

Call a Program Advisor today at 1-888-553-5333 to learn about the Automation, Electronics. Electromechanical, PLC, PLC II and Robotics programs.



Name: Mike Varney
Program: Automation, Robotics PLC Technician II

Mike Varney works in industrial maintenance and has completed the Robotics, Automation and PLC Technician II programs. “With my background in electronics and maintenance these programs are exactly what I need to move into a Controls position.”

“The aspect of the programs I liked most was the simulation labs as I can continue to use them throughout my career and keep my skills up to date. In addition I have been compensated for my broader skill set.”

“Wish this was out there 20 years ago!  Great job George Brown”