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Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Automation and Instrumentation Option)

Diploma Full-time/Cooperative Education School of Energy


Start your career with the specialty diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Automation and Instrumentation option.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The program

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Students undertake a comprehensive study of control strategies, measurement techniques, communications
systems, and electronic and computer systems used in the automatic control of commercial and industrial equipment/machines. A strong component of the program involves the student developing relevant, practical skills by working with modern industrial equipment in well-equipped labs. Students will graduate with a solid foundation in automatic measurement and control systems.

Graduates of this option may obtain a dual diploma in another ECET option by completing all the additional required courses for that option.  Entry to this second option is competitive and priority is given to students completing their first option.


Graduates are employed in the design, analysis, application, construction and installation of measurement and control systems. You might work in engineering consulting firms, manufacturing companies, energy management firms, food-and-beverage processing plants, technical sales and service, the natural resources, or the mining industry. You might work in an environment preparing engineering designs, commissioning or providing technical service, technical sales involving the application of measurement and control equipment or researching technical problems, or in a fast-paced environment where you are involved in many of the above facets, either alone or as part of a team.

Employers for the graduate of this program include commercial companies, government agencies and educational institutes. Please see the graduating and jobs link for a list of employers.

Meet Pulkit Jain, a process-driven technologist and BCIT graduate who enjoys combining his passion for engineering and design to help his clients solve real world problems:

Entrance Requirements

Spend-A-Day with us

Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You’ll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, read Common First Year [PDF] and then visit Admission & Registration.

If you want to discuss the program content in more detail, contact the Program Head Rosamund Russell Tel: 604-412-7578, or via Email:

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study.


Program Details

How will I learn?

In all of our technology diploma programs you will spend an average of 30 hours per week in lectures and labs, split approximately 50/50. This balanced approach gives you time to apply the theory in a practical lab environment. In addition, you should expect an additional 30 hours per week preparing for labs, completing assignments and studying. If you need to work while going to school, the majority of our courses are offered in both the September and January terms so that you can tailor your school workload to your other commitments.

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We have 21 well equipped labs to support the practical aspect of your education. In almost every lab each student has their own individual work station.

In this program, your focus will be to learn to design and maintain systems that measure and control – systems that are widely used in areas as diverse as industrial manufacturing, material handling processes, domestic heating and cooling operations and even the Space Shuttle.

Graduating & Jobs

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you “hit the ground running” in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT helped them fully prepare for employment.

Job opportunities

Automation and Instrumentation offers challenging and fulfilling careers for engineering technologists in design, research and development, technical support and technical sales.

Graduates of this program work in industries such as consulting engineering; automation equipment sales and support; resource industries such as petrochemical, pulp and paper, wood processing and mining; building automation; food processing; and materials handing and manufacturing. They are involved in the design, application and support of electronic and computer-based automation systems. These specialists use multi-disciplinary skills to interface and network computers and electronic equipment to pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and process systems. Companies that have hired graduates of our program are:

Professional associations

Students are encouraged to join the International Society of Automation (ISA) to further their connection to the instrumentation community.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The Automation and Instrumentation program is supported by a team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors who work hard for students’ success.

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Mentoring students to explore, discover and innovate

David’s fascinating career includes eight years of service to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In September 2007, David travelled to Russia to present a research paper on a mathematical model used to predict the time it will take a hacker to compromise a process control network.


Rosamund Russell, BASc, PEng
Program Head, Automation and Instrumentation
Tel: 604-412-7578

Gurminder Grewal, MEng
Tel: 604-412-7579

Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7586

Mahda Jahromi, PhD, PEng (on leave)

Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng
Tel: 604-453-4046

Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng
Program Head, First Year
Tel: 604-432-8785

David Leversage, BEng, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7593

William (Bill) Maki
Tel: 604-412-7590

Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng
Tel: 604-456-8013

Remya Sreenath, BTech, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7576

Robert Trost, MEng, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8662

Reza Vahidnia, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8263

Jodie Vigar, BTech, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7667

Assistant instructors

Chris Goetz, DipIT
Tel: 604-456-1173

William Han, BEng
Tel: 604-432-8251

Todd Jelstad, DiplT
Tel: 604-412-7583

Steven A. McClain, BTech, SMIEEE
Tel: 604-412-7591

Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT
Tel: 604-412-7584

Kia Nemati
Hassan Saberi, MSc, EIT
Tel: 604-412-8388

Ron Stewart, DipIT, MEng
Tel: 604-432-8933

William Zhang, BSEE
Tel: 604-412-7581

Technical staff

Behrouz Sattari, MEng
Tel: 604-412-7588


Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8976

Rosmin Gilani
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8369

Gundi Minato
Program Administrator
Tel: 604-451-6892

Advisory committee

Steve Egglestone
Project Manager, ESC Automation

Alden Hagerty
Manager, Control Systems Lifecycles Services
Spartan Controls

Craig Markovic
Director, Field Applications and Product Development
Bedrock Automation Platforms Inc.

Koji Otomo
Digital Control Software Specialist
Metro Vancouver

Greg Ryan
Department Head, Instrumentation & Controls
Solaris Management Consultants

Gregory Shrimpton
Process Automation Technologist, Township of Langley

Paul Wessel
Outside Sales, Centrix Control Solutions

Contact Us

Spend-A-Day with us

Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You’ll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, read Common First Year [PDF] and then visit Admission & Registration.

If you want to discuss the program content in more detail, contact the Program Head, Rosamund Russell or call 604-412-7578.

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