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Industrial Instrumentation & Controls Technicians apply, install, repair, calibrate and tune those measurement and control

student in a lab
instruments that are applied to industrial manufacturing processes. Students will learn computerized control, programmable logic controllers, and microprocessor instrumentation. These job skills are essential for continued future employment in instrumentation.

The Program

The Industrial Instrumentation & Controls Technician program stresses practical, hands-on experience to complement theory. This program will appeal to learners who enjoy mechanical work, as it utilizes the student's electronic knowledge in industrial instrumentation applications.

The program is divided into two levels. Successful completion of the first level will be required before continuing to the second level.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Availability Notification

Complete the Short Notice Availability, Location and Shift Preference form [PDF] and submit with your application to help us get you into classes faster.

Recommended for success

Applicants should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination.

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  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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Scheduled intakes

March and September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Fluke 789 Process Meter: $950

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0700–1400, Monday to Friday

Note: Class hours for the March 25, 2013 intake are: 1000–1700.

Program matrix

Level 1 (20 weeks) Credits
  TELX 2103 Instrumentation Fundamentals 6.0
  TELX 2107 Temperature Instruments and Measurement 6.0
  TELX 2112 Pressure Instruments and Measurement 8.0
  TELX 2116 Flow Instruments and Measurements 6.0
  TELX 2121 Level, Density Instruments and Measurements 6.0
  TELX 2123 Control Valves and Positioners 8.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  TELX 3106 Analytical Instruments and Control 6.0
  TELX 3111 Programmable Logic Controllers 6.0
  TELX 3117 Analog and Microprocessor-Based Controllers 8.0
  TELX 3121 Process Control and Control Systems 8.0
  TELX 3124 Distributed Control Systems 6.0
  TELX 3128 Boiler Control and Foundation Fieldbus 6.0
 
Total Credits: 80.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

40 weeks, full-time

Grading

A minimum passing grade for each course of 70% is required. In order to advance to the next level, students must have successfully passed all courses in the previous level. Each course must be successfully completed before a student graduates from the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation or Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) program. This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

This program will open new career opportunities for electronics core graduates, as well as address the requirements of the industrial instrumentation industry for skilled and qualified control technicians. Graduates will meet the needs of instrument service and sales companies, the heating and ventilating field, and environmental and pollution control work. They will be ready to enter employment in a variety of manufacturing processes such as food processing, manufacturing, oil refining, mining, and pulp and paper industries. Graduates may also qualify for advanced standing as indentured candidates with the Industrial Instrumentation Apprenticeship program.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • Imelda Aguilar, Instructor
  • Jim Armstrong, AScT, Chief Instructor
  • Brian Buckley, Instructor
  • Candace Clarke, Instructor
  • Tin Goh, Technician
  • Alfredo Marcos, Technician
  • Tony Klymchuk, Instructor
  • Jill Simmons, Administrative Assistant
  • Ron Vandergaag, Instructor
  • Terry Knudson, MBA, BEd, DipT, C.Q., Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Wes Babcock, Autopro Automation Consultants Ltd.
  • Bruce Boe, Western System Controls Ltd.
  • Trevor Breeze, Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd. Harmac Pacific
  • Casey Cassidy, Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership
  • Bob Davidson, Teck Metals Ltd.
  • Leo Paradis, Catalyst Paper, Crofton Division
  • Dom Sacco, Corix Control Solutions LP
  • Don Stirling, (retired) Epscan Industries Ltd.
  • Shane Stirling, Epscan Industries Ltd.
  • Stephan Vike, Metro Vancouver, Seymour Capilano Drinking Filtration Plant

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