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Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Industrial instrumentation mechanics install, repair, maintain, replace, calibrate and program all process monitoring and/or control instruments, including indicators, recording devices, control loops and computers. These instruments may be pneumatic, hydraulic, electronic, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, optical or chemical, and include signal transmission, telemetering and digital devices in industrial operations.

Graduates are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, by hydro power generating companies, by mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, by industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing establishments.

Industrial instrumentation mechanics must have knowledge of pneumatics, electropneumatics, hydraulics, electricity and electronics. A deep interest in the scientific and technical aspects of the job is required. Successful industrial instrumentation mechanics dedicate themselves to keeping current with changes in technology. Workers who pay attention to detail, have manual dexterity and like to understand and solve problems will have an advantage. Patience, self-control, and the ability to work on a team are also desirable qualities.

The Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic apprenticeship process requires time spent in training both on the job and in-school. An industrial instrumentation mechanic trainee must complete a four-year program, including 6,000 workplace hours and 1,200 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the interprovincial exam will result in the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, the B.C. Certificate of Qualifications, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

The Industrial Instrumentation facility at BCIT is a real operating industrial plant, complete with a pneumatic, electronic, programmable logic controller and a number of distributed control systems including conventional analog as well as digital field bus systems. Fifty per cent of this training time at BCIT is practical hands-on work, with real equipment being applied to operating systems in order to reinforce the theory delivered.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

*Math 12 recommended

Check for acceptable equivalent courses taught in BC high schools.

Note: Any apprentices planning to enter BCIT's Industrial Instrumentation Apprenticeship program after Level 1 who have not passed the BCIT Industrial Instrumentation "safety training" tests are required to pass the theory and practical "safety tests" prior to proceeding with further apprenticeship training at BCIT. Contact the industrial Instrumentation Department to arrange for testing.

Graduates of the Industrial Instrumentation Service Technician Program can receive credit for up to three levels of apprenticeship technical training upon successful completion of a slotting exam for each level.

Applicants should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disabilities Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist, 604-451-6963.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.


Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Fluke 789 Process Meter: $950

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.


Class hours

0700-1345 or 1345-2030, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

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

The total amount of in-school, technical training for an industrial instrumentation mechanic apprenticeship is 1,200 hours. There are four levels of technical training; each level is ten weeks in length (full-time).


Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.


BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • J. Armstrong, AScT, Chief Instructor
  • I. Jappy, Instructor
  • T. Klymchuk, Instructor
  • C. Maxwell, Instructor
  • J. Powszedny, Instructor
  • E. Quittkat, Instructor
  • M. Al-Obeidi, Technician
  • A. Marcos, Technician
  • K. Wells, Acting Administrative Assistant
  • B. Buckley, BSc, Associate Dean
  • T. Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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"I have always had a desire to teach"

"Hands-on practical control training on real industrial processes is something students can get only if they come to BCIT for their training" says Jim. It is this aspect which impresses employers most too.


The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia with Industrial Instrumentation Apprentices Corey Thompson (middle), New Gold Inc. and Aron Reid (right), Howe Sound Pulp & Paper on Feb 3, 2012 at the Centre for Energy Education and Research, BCIT, Burnaby, BC.

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