January Tech Bytes

Industry News

Manufacturers to Install 1.3 Million Robots During Next Three Years

Welding RobotThe International Robotics Federation estimates that approximately 1.3 million new industrial robots will be installed around the world between 2015 and 2018. Click here for full story



2016 will be a pivotal year for social robots

Sota, Pepper & Jibo1,000 Peppers are selling each month from a big-dollar venture between SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn; Jibo just raised another $16 million as it prepares to deliver 7,500+ units in Mar/Apr of 2016; and Buddy, Rokid, Sota and many others are poised to deliver similar forms of social robots. 






Did you love watching lectures from your professors?

Earlier this fall, Molly Worthen, a history professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, wrote a persuasive defense of the lecture as an instructional form. Click here for details

Our Programs

So you're serious about success, ready to move your career forward and continue your education. We know you will have questions about our online technical certificate programs.

Check out the following commonly asked questions;

Q. "I work full time and have limited time to spend on homework; never mind the time to drive back and forth to school. Will it take me years to complete the program?"

A. The average completion time for our programs is between 28-34 weeks of part-time study and are designed to fit into your schedule, not ours, so you can work at your own pace, at home or work, to complete the programs.

Q. "When can I start the program?"

A. Our programs are open enrollment with no predetermined time limits. That means you can start at your convenience and finish at your own pace.

Q. "How do I get hands-on training?"

A. The cornerstone of these programs is the simulation software, which is fully integrated within the learning material and bridges the gap between theoretical and practical usage. The simulation software includes LogixSim for automation simulation, CircuitLogix, 3DLab for electronics and electromechanical simulation, RoboLogix for robotics simulation and LogixPro and PLCLogix for PLC simulation.

Q. "It has been a while since I last attended school. Who will help me with any problems I run into while working on the program?"

A. You will receive personalized support from our Support Center staff; assisting you with any technical or tutorial questions. The Student Support Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5 pm (EST) and can be contacted by calling 1-888-553-5333 or by email at support@gbctechtraining.com.

Click on the video below for an overview of what a student will encounter while moving through the program from installation to tutorial support to taking online exams.


Success Story

Name: Mergani Dal

Program: Electromechanical & PLC Technician

Mergani DalDave David Working as a Building Automation Technician, Mergani Dal’s employer provided tuition reimbursement for him to complete the PLC and Electromechanical Technician Certificate programs. The company recognized the value that these training programs offered in upgrading his skills.

Megani felt “the material covered assisted with troubleshooting, installation and even in design. I am constantly applying what I have learned in the programs on the job. While my responsibilities have remained the same, I can say that I am much more confident in the work I do.”