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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.

Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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.

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

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

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.

Recommended for success

High school graduation, including:

Apprentices should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination. Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

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

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

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Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at 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 training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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, Monday through Friday

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

Program matrix

Level 1 (10 weeks) Credits
  AINI 1GAP Industrial Instrumentation Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade 20.0
Level 2 (10 weeks) Credits
  AINI 2GAP Industrial Instrumentation Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade 20.0
Level 3 (10 weeks) Credits
  AINI 3GAP Industrial Instrumentation Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade 20.0
Level 4 (10 weeks) Credits
  AINI 4GAP Industrial Instrumentation Apprentice Level 4 Final Grade 20.0
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

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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



Ian Jappy, RSE
Department Head

Jim Armstrong, AScT 
Department Head
Advanced Industrial Control Centre

Imelda Aguilar, RSE 

Charles Maxwell, RSE

John Powszedny, RSE

Travis Turner, RSE


Brian Buckley, BSc 
Associate Dean

Raymond Chow

Kelsey Sem
Administrative Assistant

Advisory committee

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

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 Apprentice Services 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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