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Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control Technicians apply, install, repair, calibrate and tune those measurement and control 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 and Process Control 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 four levels. Successful completion of the first level will be required before continuing to the second level, and so on. Each level is a prerequisite for the next level.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications to this program are accepted throughout the year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Physics 11 and/or Chemistry 11
  • BCIT Physics Trades Pre-entry Test
  • Applicants should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination.

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • 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
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Applicants who have acquired knowledge and skills outside of programs recognized by BCIT (including ETCC graduates), may be exempt from particular courses in the program. Prior learning recognition will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by faculty members in the program area.

There is a non-refundable fee charged in advance for assessment. The fee is usually between half and full tuition, depending on the complexity of the assessment process. Not all courses have PLAR credit available, and there is a limit on how many total PLAR credits you can receive.

For further information, please see Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

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

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

Courses

The Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control Technician program contains a blend of classroom lectures and practical laboratory sessions using the latest technology. Troubleshooting exercises guide you through real-world examples and teach you how to solve problems. Students learn through hands-on work experience. Fifty percent of their learning time will be spent training in BCIT’s real-world processing plants that are central to this program.

Class hours

Depending on the intakes available, class hours will be 0700–1345 or 1015–1700, Monday to Friday

Program matrix

Term 1: (15 weeks) Credits
  INST 1000 DC Electricity 6.0
  INST 1001 Symbols, Technical Writing & Computer Aided Design 4.0
  INST 1103 Instrumentation Fundamentals 6.0
  INST 2000 AC Electricity and Transistors 7.0
  INST 2001 Power Supplies & Operational Amplifiers 7.0
 
Term 2: (15 weeks) Credits
  INST 2112 Pressure Instruments and Measurement 8.0
  INST 2116 Flow Instruments and Measurements 6.0
  INST 2121 Level, Density Instruments and Measurements 6.0
  INST 2123 Control Valves and Positioners 8.0
  INST 2125 Hydraulic Systems 2.0
 
Term 3: (15 weeks) Credits
  INST 2107 Temperature Instruments and Measurement 6.0
  INST 3112 Programmable Logic Controllers and Human Machine Interface (HMI) 8.0
  INST 3117 Analog and Microprocessor-Based Controllers 8.0
  INST 3121 Process Control and Control Systems 8.0
 
Term 4: (15 weeks) Credits
  INST 3106 Analytical Instruments and Control 6.0
  INST 3110 Field Effect Transistors (FETs) & Thyristors, Digital Logic 6.0
  INST 3124 Distributed Control Systems 6.0
  INST 3128 Boiler Control and Foundation Fieldbus 6.0
  INST 3130 Viscosity, Consistency, Pulp Blend & Batch Control 6.0
 
Total Credits: 120.0

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

Two years, full-time.

Grading

The minimum passing grade for each course is 70%. To advance to the next level, students must successfully pass all courses in the previous level.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). 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

Graduates will receive 120 credits of technical training upon successful completion of the program. We are waiting for confirmation from ITABC regarding credits for the apprenticeship program. Graduates will ladder into the appropriate level of the Interprovincial Red Seal apprenticeship program based on the ITABC credits.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control Technician program will be well positioned to gain employment as technicians in the instrumentation and control field across diverse industries such as oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining, food processing, and ship building, among others.

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • Jim Armstrong, AScT, Chief Instructor
  • Imelda Aguilar, Instructor
  • Ian Jappy, Instructor
  • Michael Chen, Instructor
  • Charles Maxwell, Instructor
  • John Powszedny, Instructor
  • Ed Quittkat, Instructor
  • Ron Vandergaag, Instructor
  • Moe Al-Obeidi, Technician
  • Kelsey Wells, Administrative Assistant
  • Brian Buckley, BSc, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Wes Babcock, Autopro Automation Consultants Ltd.
  • Bruce Boe, Western System Controls Ltd.
  • Trevor Breeze, Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd. Harmac Pacific
  • Bob Davidson, Teck Metals Ltd.
  • Levi Jackson, Younger Extraction Plant (Alta Gas)
  • Leo Paradis, Catalyst Paper, Crofton Division
  • Dom Sacco, Corix Control Solutions LP
  • Don Stirling, (retired) Epscan Industries Ltd.
  • Shane Stirling, Epscan Industries Ltd.
  • Doug Thibodeau, Catalyst Paper, Port Alberni Division
  • Stephan Vike, Metro Vancouver, Seymour Capilano Drinking Filtration Plant

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Testimonial

"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.

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Hands-on Lab Time!

Sheldon found a trade where there is always something new to learn. BCIT has "the best instrumentation training facility," says Sheldon. "All of the hands-on lab time really helps your understanding of the instruments, processes and the control systems."

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