Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Haileybury
Program Length: 4 Semester

Program Codes
M001 (HL) – Haileybury School of Mines

Every industrial process on Earth relies on an instrumentation technician to keep things on track. And with Northern’s two-year Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technician diploma, your job prospects will include them all.

You’ll master the complex equations used to tune controllers to a particular process. And you’ll learn to install, maintain, test and calibrate the critical equipment that measures and controls temperature, level, pressure and flow.

Along the way, you’ll hone your math, science and problem-solving skills. You’ll cover the fundamentals of electricity and electronics. You’ll learn troubleshooting techniques and how to interpret drawings.

From furnaces and boilers to pulp mills and power plants – you’ll master the safety protocols that keep everything running smoothly.

In all process industries, quantities such as temperature, pressure, level and flow need to be measured and controlled. Control and measurement are done by various means including electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment and computers. The instrumentation  technician installs, maintains, tests and calibrates the equipment used to control and measure. The technician works with the process designers and the work includes troubleshooting control loops, adjusting controllers and systems and programming and troubleshooting computers.

 

Dual-Diploma Opportunity

Earn your Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician AND Electrical Engineering Technician diplomas in just 3 years

By beginning with the two-year Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician program at our Haileybury Campus, its heavy coverage of electrical content allows you to graduate with that diploma and then complete your Electrical Engineering Technician diploma at our Timmins campus with just one more year of study.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at admissions@northern.on.ca or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Kellie Broderick
Program Assistant
Tel: 705-672-3376 ext. 8854
Email: broderickk@northern.on.ca

Student Success & The Northern Experience

Instrumentation Technician installs, maintains, tests and calibrates the equipment used in process industries, such as power generation plants, mineral processing plants, car manufacturing factories, water and wastewater treatment facilities, pulp and paper mills and much more.

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“Instrumentation is a golden ticket. The field is so broad that anyone can find their niche. More mechanically inclined? More software oriented? Want to be a travelling salesman or a company rep? There’s an area for all of that! But it all begins with being an Instrument Tech.”

Alison P.
Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technician Graduate

Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

This course is an introductory course in the study of chemistry. This study of analytical chemistry makes use of solution concepts to understand the chemistry on which analytical procedures are based, and how changes in various parameters can affect the equilibrium of the chemical system. Students will be exposed to the various forms of spectroscopy, chromatography, and other analytical methods.

42 Hours

In this course, students will learn essential skills for success in college and the workplace. This course focuses on developing and strengthening oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking ability. During this course, students will engage in a variety of forms of communication with a focus on upholding the principles of academic integrity. Students will develop the skills necessary to create discipline-specific documents, practice business etiquette and professionalism, and apply critical thinking strategies to practical scenarios. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to plan and draft concise, coherent and well-organized writing assignments that are tailored to specific audiences and purposes. 

42 Hours

This course is an introduction to electricity. Its purpose is to develop a foundation for future courses. A clear understanding of basic concepts and their applications to problem solving will be stressed. Lecture topics include electrical quantities, Ohm’s Law, series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, alternating current and voltage.

70 Hours

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

42 Hours

This introductory course teaches basic principles, terminology and techniques used in process control. Safety, calibration procedures for instrumentation equipment, and control loop diagrams are core subjects. Theory on measuring and test equipment, transducers and recorders is strongly reinforced in hands-on lab assignments throughout the semester.

56 Hours

This two-module course teaches the essentials of pressure and flow measurement in the process industries. Module One topics include: pressure calculations, manometers, pressure elements, gauges, pneumatic and electrical pressure transmitters and differential pressure transmitters. Module Two topics include: using differential pressure transmitters for flow measurement, mechanical, electrical and mass flow meters, weirs and flumes for open channel measurements and weighing and belt scales for solids measurements.

70 Hours

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

56 Hours

Semester 2

In this course, students will develop professional communication skills required for success in the workplace. Students will continue to develop and strengthen their oral and written communication skills and critical thinking abilities. During this course, students will use various modes of communication to complete assignments designed to meet program and professional expectations. Students will utilize a variety of technologies for the purpose of creating a professional presence in a digital environment. Students will develop the necessary skills to create polished workplace documents such as letters, resumes, cover letters and reports tailored to specific audiences. Students will learn to conduct themselves with professionalism in both workplace interviews and job searches.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to create clear, concise and coherent workplace and employment documents that are error-free and designed for specific audiences and purposes.  

42 Hours

This course covers interpretation and application of simple wiring and elementary diagrams, standard electrical symbols, electrical control pilot devices, relays, contactors, motor starters, timing relays, float switch, flow switch, limit switch, proximity switch, temperature switch, two-wire control, three-wire control, hand-off automatic control, multiple push button stations, jogging control circuits, time-delay low voltage release relay.

56 Hours

This course is divided into two modules. In the first module, as well as capacitors and inductors are introduced as fundamental electronic building blocks. RC, RL and RLC circuits are studied and applications to instrumentation are examined. In the second module, electronic devices including diodes, transistors and transistor amplifiers, integrated circuits and operational amplifiers and op-amp circuits are introduced.

56 Hours

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

56 Hours

Two additional modules on PID controllers and control valves add to the instrumentation technician’s knowledge of control loops. Further study of process control terminology, controller indicators, adjustments and options and controller types is followed by an introduction to the proportional, integral and derivative algorithms used to tune controllers to a process. Valve bodies, valve actuators and valve positioners are studied as the primary choice of final control element encountered in industry. Other final control elements like variable speed pumps, motors and fans, as well as dampers and feeders are introduced. Auxiliary equipment like regulators and solenoid valves are covered as are relief or safety valves.

Prerequisite: IT1004 Basic Techniques, IT1015 Measuring Principles I

56 Hours

This course adds the third, fourth and fifth measurement modules: level, temperature and safety sensors. Main topics in Module Three include differential pressure transmitters used for level measurement, capacitance probes, ultrasonic, radar and radiation level transmitters. Main topics in Module Four include resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermocouples (TCs) and pyrometers. Module Five topics include an introduction to vibration monitoring, speed sensors, flame sensors, and noise and sound sensors.

Prerequisite: IT1015 Measuring Principles, IT1004 Basic Techniques

56 Hours

MA2104 is the second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program.  The emphasis of this course is on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants.  Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered.

The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study.

Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course.  Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite: MA1100 – Mathematics I (with 60%)

56 Hours

Semester 3

This course is an introductory course into the study of physics. It consists of 6 theory units and a corresponding laboratory component. The topics covered include: measurement, motion, forces, work and energy, fluids and heat. The lab component gives students the opportunity to connect with the acquired theory.

56 Hours

The aim of this course is to develop the technician’s understanding of analytical measurements and the industrial applications of those measurements. Radiant energy devices operating in the infrared, ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths are studied, as are electrochemical devices including pH and ORP analyzers.

Prerequisite: IT2024 Measuring Principles II

28 Hours

Review of first year material, Interpret loop drawings, troubleshooting techniques, terminology associated with computer and microprocessor control, operation and configuration of digital microprocessor based controllers, digital signal transmission protocols including H.A.R.T., Modbus, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, Profinet, and industrial Ethernet, Direct Digital Control, SCADA, and Distributed control.

98 Hours

This course covers binary number systems, binary, decimal, hexadecimal, Boolean algebra, logic gates including truth tables, combination logic, relay logic, programmable logic controllers including principle of operation and programming techniques, Modicon 984, Allen Bradley SLC 500.

56 Hours

This course cover the topics of motor nameplate data and wiring interpretation, three phase and single phase motor connections, DC motors, DC motor starting circuits, DC generators, three phase power, transformers.

56 Hours

This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations; the study of analytic geometry and the study of inequalities. The students will also be introduced to the rate of change and its relation to graphs and the tangent line.

Prerequisite: MA2104

56 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Semester 4

Improving your knowledge and understanding of the history of the Indigenous peoples of what we now call Canada is an important step to enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, organizations, and communities to work together more respectfully. Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to learn, discuss and reflect about many topics that are relevant in the learning journey towards reconciliation.

42 Hours

This is an elementary course in SPC with applications relevant to the process industries. Topics include: introduction to quality concepts, measurement and variation concepts, special-cause and common-cause variation, measures of the tendency and spread, organization of data by different graphical techniques, normal probability distribution, variables control charts and attributes control charts and interpretation, gauge capability, operating characteristic curve, selection of the best of curve, and process capability analysis.

42 Hours

This course cover topics such as distributed control, furnace control, boiler operation and control, concentrator controls. Other topics include: roaster controls, acid plant controls, pulp mill controls, nuclear power plant controls, control panels, maintenance scheduling, weighing, pump control, and closed circuit television.

98 Hours

This course cover topics such as Single Phase AC motors, Wound Rotor Induction motors, Reduced Voltage Starters, three-phase multi-speed controllers, Motor Drives, and Motor Maintenance.

Prerequisite: IT3024 Industrial Electronics

56 Hours

This course cover topics such as architecture of a basic microprocessor system, data acquisition systems, data address, and control Bus, memory interfacing, multiplexing analog signals, networking, communications, advanced programmable logic controllers.

56 Hours

This is a basic introductory course in Calculus. Students learn the language of calculus and apply the rules to simple engineering problems. The course includes the derivative of algebraic functions with applications to trajectory motion and minimum and maximum problems. An introduction to integration, with algebraic functions, is also taught with some basic applications to area, volumes of revolution, displacement-velocity-acceleration and other applied engineering problems.

Prerequisite: Mathematics III (MA3105 or MA3033) with 60%

56 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

  1. Comply with current health and safety legislation and regulations, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  2. Select, install, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used in the measurement and control of process parameters.
  3. Select and install components to conform to instrumentation and process control system specifications and related safety requirements.
  4. Operate and configure electronic and computer-based controllers to optimize the performance of process control systems.
  5. Repair and maintain wireless and wired control system components applying basic electrical, electronic and digital principles to the operating systems and firmware.
  6. Assist with the installation of a control system as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  7. Work in compliance with relevant industry standards, codes, policies and procedures.
  8. Prepare documentation, technical reports and drawings for instrumentation and process control systems that conform to industry standards.
  9. Develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance work performance as an instrumentation and control engineering technician.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be employed in electrical power generation (including nuclear), mineral processing, petrochemical, pulp and paper, car manufacturing plants, pharmaceuticals, or natural gas compressor stations, or water and wastewater treatment facilities (amongst many others).

  • Instrumentation and control engineer
  • Employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms and in government agencies in a variety of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.

Admissions Information & Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
  • Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent

 

Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate with 50% in each equivalents for Mathematics (technical)

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System – minimum overall score of 6.5 must be achieved, with no individual band score under 6.0.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet Based Test (iBT) overall minimum score of 88+
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 60+.

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit northerncollege.ca/international/tuition to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentDomesticYear1CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeM001Tuition$3,002.92 Ancillary Fees$930.50 Total$3,933.42
StudentDomesticYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeM001Tuition$3,002.92 Ancillary Fees$842.50 Total$3,845.42
StudentInternationalYear1CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeM001Tuition$14,382.00 Ancillary Fees$1,453.58 Total$15,835.58
StudentInternationalYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeM001Tuition$14,382.00 Ancillary Fees$1,340.58 Total$15,722.58
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“I started out by taking Instrumentation in Haileybury. I continued my education in Timmins and got my Electrical Engineering Technology diploma. Now I’m working for Hydro Ottawa and just about to complete the Substation Electrician apprenticeship.”

Dominique R.
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician & Electrical Engineering Technologist Graduate

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