The Instrumentation and Control Technician apprenticeship process requires time spent in training both on the job and in-school. Instrumentation and control technicians install, repair, maintain, replace, calibrate and program all process monitoring and/or control instruments, including indicators, recording devices, control loops and computers.
About the program
An instrumentation and control technician 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 Instrumentation and Control Technician 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.
Who it’s for
Instrumentation and control technicians 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 instrumentation and control technicians 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.
What grads can do
Instrumentation and control technicians 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.
- Next up Entrance Requirements
Imelda Aguilar, RSE
Department Head of Industrial Instrumentation Programs
Greg Filek, RSE
John Powszedny, RSE
Jodie Vigar, BTech, P.Eng.
Sanja Boskovic, PhD Mechanical Engineering, PhD Educational Technology
AltaGas NW Processing LP
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
Fluor Canada Ltd.
Corix Control Solutions LP
Harmac Pacific, a division of Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd
Epscan Industries Ltd.
BCIT Apprenticeship Service Office
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