The opportunities afforded by the continuous advancements of technology is nothing short of remarkable. Unfortunately, in many industries, the inclusion of technology in areas it is not traditionally used is more often than not seen as an encroachment on employment rather than a boon.

Driverless trains, computer algorithms and laser detectors have been hailed as the future of transportation.  Automation is moving into a whole new generation, with cars, ocean tankers and trains becoming increasingly automated.  Transportation automation has many benefits, including saving costs associated with labor and increasing safety by removing human generated error.  It is also worth noting that “any new metro train/subway systems constructed and implemented today integrates at least some level of automation, with many modern transportation hubs incorporating new fully driverless te

Electric cars are officially about to break into the mainstream.  “In 2015, 462,000 people around the world bought electric cars, according to the report — up 59% from the year before.” (  This year Tesla unveiled its highly anticipated Model 3, which 325,000 pre-orders were placed.  Chevy is releasing the “Bolt” which will be available by the end of this year.  The Bolt will cost $30,000 and will travel an estimated 200 miles per battery charge.  Until recently most electri

Online education has gained an incredible momentum lately. This is due to many advantages it offers, especially for busy students. With education funding being tight and our increasingly fast paced lives, universities and colleges are quickly moving more and more towards online learning, leaving behind the old traditional models of learning in classrooms.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used in almost all industrial processes and are an integral part of a nations industry and manufacturing infrastructure.  Power grids, water treatment plants and traffic lights are just a few of the parts of infrastructure that are controlled by PLCs.  To monitor these systems a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) interface is used.

The adoption of robotics in industry continues to grow at a very rapid pace.  “Between 2005 and 2008, the average annual number of robots sold was about 115,000 units. Between 2010 and 2014, the number rose to about 171,000 units…an increase of about 48%.” (  Robots were first introduced in the 1970’s in a manufacturing capacity, initially in assembly lines for automobiles.

Fifty years ago – perhaps even as few as twenty – the idea that one day post-secondary courses would be taught in a virtual classroom rather than one surrounded by bricks and mortar would seem preposterous. The fact that online courses are being offered by pretty much every major educational institution is proof positive that what might be considered strange or impossible one day can become common place just a few years later. 

Probably the most common question that we get from potential PLC students is “what’s the difference between our PLC and PLC Technician II Certificate programs?”

The answer is a bit technical but we’ll try to keep it short and simple.

Programmable Logic Controllers , also known as PLCs, are robust industrial electronic systems used for controlling a wide variety of mechanical systems and applications.

So how common are PLCs why are they so important?