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Automation and Instrumentation Option Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 534adipma

Control Your Destiny, Instrument Your Future!

Note: The January 2020 intake is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 and January 2021 intakes are currently open for applications.

The program

Students undertake a comprehensive study of control strategies, measurement techniques, communications
student in a lab
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.

Careers

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 graduates 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.

Program Entry

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.
Find out more

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@bcit.ca or call 604-412-7578.

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • November 1st* for the Winter (January) intake
  • *or next business day

Note: As of 2020, this program will open for applications on October 1st.

All students must complete the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program before continuing to one of the two-year technologist diploma options (Automation, Telecom or Power) or the four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree program.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

Midway through the second term of first year, students select their first and second choice for the next year(s) of the program:

Entry to each of the diploma options and to the BEng degree is competitive by GPA. Where space issues arise, students may get their alternate choice.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

To apply for transfer credit, submit a Course Credit/Exemption form [PDF] and official transcript to BCIT Student Records within 14 days of term start. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit.

If you would like to transfer a larger number of credits prior to admission, you can apply for advanced placement in this program.

Apply to program

Note: The January 2020 intake is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 and January 2021 intakes are currently open for applications.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology diploma program options share a common first year. The second year focuses on specialized options. Option selection is a competitive process, undertaken after successful completion of the first year.

Before you apply online, you'll need to:

  • Ensure you meet the requirements
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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.

Advanced Placement

Conditions

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Note: International students are not eligible for direct entry and must apply to Level 1.

Re-admission

If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Submit the Technology Re-admission Form [PDF] with your application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.

BCIT accepts complete applications until:

  • March 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • October 1st* for the Winter (January) intake
  • *or next business day

Submit the following four items with your online application:

  • Proof of meeting all general entrance requirements

  • Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] showing that you have completed (or are registered in) all level 1 courses (applicants to level 2 or 3) and all level 2 courses (applicants to level 3 only) or equivalents*

  • Official transcripts and course outlines for all previous education
  • Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

  • Resume, outlining previous education and work experience

*Note regarding equivalent courses: Details provided for equivalent courses must outline course descriptions, learning outcomes, and topics covered. Generally, to qualify for credit, the equivalent course(s) must:

  • have been completed within five (5) years,
  • cover 80% or more of the same topics at a level that is comparable or higher,
  • have been completed with a grade of 65% or higher.

You may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) exams to assess your competence, as determined by the ECET department. Applicants with a suitable post-secondary background will be identified and contacted by the program area. Faculty will determine which courses need to be taken or tested in. Students who are offered the opportunity to write PLAR exams will be responsible for the cost of the exams.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

The application process

Submit Online Application:
Self-declare your entrance requirements and the level you are applying for.
Attach your supporting documents including transcripts, resume, course-by-course self-assessment form, and ICES report (if required).
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First Assessment:
Your application will be assessed by Admissions for any required documents, prerequisites, and English language proficiency.
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Second Assessment:
The ECET department will assess your application for transfer credit and/or PLAR exams and will notify you of the outcome by email.*
This occurs after the application deadline; you will be contacted around the time of your start date.
Note: Transfer credit requires equivalent learning outcomes. If eligible, you may be required to write PLAR exams.
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Option 1:
If you choose to start from level 1, you must re-apply.
Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis.

or Option 2:
If eligible, you may write PLAR exams and, if successful, join a waitlist for seat availability. Notification
of exam dates and results will occur via communication with the Program Administrator.
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or Option 3:
If you are awarded transfer credits, you may choose to join a waitlist for seat availability.

  Options 2 and 3: If a seat is available, you will be contacted by the Program Administrator when the term begins (possibly a few days before).

*You have 10 days to accept or appeal (in writing) the 'Second Assessment' that you receive by email.

Direct entry FAQ

When should I apply?
It is recommended that you apply when you have met, or are registered in, all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course(s), please indicate this on the self-assessment form and submit proof of registration with your application.

What if I don’t receive credit for all courses in the preceding term?
The program may suggest BCIT part-time studies courses that need to be completed prior to term start. In some circumstances, the program may identify courses that can be taken concurrently. Most students are required to make up one or more courses.

Can I appeal the assessment of equivalency?
You may appeal in writing. Be prepared to supply addition information or clarification to your original submission. You have 10 days to accept or appeal (in writing) the ‘Second Assessment’ that you receive by email.

What will happen if I cannot complete all required courses before the term starts?
All courses must be completed prior to term start unless the program has identified a course that can be taken concurrently or that can be deferred until a later term.

When will I be accepted?
Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. The Admissions department must wait until the current students obtain their final grades in either December, May, or August to determine how many seats will become available for direct entry applicants.

When will I get my timetable?
Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into my.bcit.ca and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature.

When can I buy my books?
It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

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.

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,520; Level 2: $540; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $450
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Ownership of a personal computer is required and not included in the above costs.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program delivery

The Automation and Instrumentation option has two intakes per year in September and January.

Program matrix

September intake:

Level 1 (15 weeks)
Credits
  COMM 1143 Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0304 Learning Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 6.0
  ELEX 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 6.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.0
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 5.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 3342 Industrial Process Fundamentals 4.0
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
  ELEX 3210 Sensors for Measurement and Control 5.0
  ELEX 3215 Process Control Devices and Techniques 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4206 Industrial Data Communications 6.0
  ELEX 4210 Analysers for Process Automation 5.0
  ELEX 4215 Strategies for Industrial Process Control 6.0
  ELEX 4221 Distributed Control Systems 4.0
  ELEX 4226 Instrumentation Engineering & Projects 4.0
  ELEX 4230 Programmable Logic Controllers for Process Control 2.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3201 Current Practices in A&I 4.0
  ELEX 3203 Canadian Electrical Code 2.0
  ELEX 3204 Electrical Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives 2.0
 

January intake:

Level 1 (19 weeks)
Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  COMM 1143 Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0304 Learning Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 6.0
  ELEX 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 6.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.0
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 5.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.0
 
Level 3 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  CHSC 3342 Industrial Process Fundamentals 4.0
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
  ELEX 3210 Sensors for Measurement and Control 5.0
  ELEX 3215 Process Control Devices and Techniques 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3201 Current Practices in A&I 4.0
  ELEX 3203 Canadian Electrical Code 2.0
  ELEX 3204 Electrical Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives 2.0
 
Level 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4206 Industrial Data Communications 6.0
  ELEX 4210 Analysers for Process Automation 5.0
  ELEX 4215 Strategies for Industrial Process Control 6.0
  ELEX 4221 Distributed Control Systems 4.0
  ELEX 4226 Instrumentation Engineering & Projects 4.0
  ELEX 4230 Programmable Logic Controllers for Process Control 2.0
 
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional) Credits
  ELEX 2992 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 20.0
  or
  ELEX 2993 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 15.0
  ELEX 3992 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 20.0
  or
  ELEX 3993 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 15.0
  ELEX 4992 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 20.0
  or
  ELEX 4993 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 15.0
  ELEX 5992 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 20.0
  or
  ELEX 5993 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 15.0
 
Total Credits: 136.0

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

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.

student in a lab

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.

Program length

Two years, full-time, beginning in September and January each year.

This program provides the option of course-by-course registration, allowing students to complete the program over a longer period of time. BCIT strongly recommends that students plan to complete the academic portion of the program (exclusive of co-op) within three years.

Accreditation

Students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program may pursue the following degrees at BCIT:

ECET diploma graduates can also explore external bridging programs, which allow graduates to enter the third-year of engineering programs at the University of Victoria or Lakehead University. Alternatively, transfer credit to UBC and SFU degree programs is available on an individual basis.

Co-operative education

Co-operative education is an optional part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology programs. Students who successfully complete a minimum of two co-op terms receive a co-operative education designation on their diploma.

During a co-op term, you will have a full-time paid position with an employer in the electronics industry for a period of 15 to 20 weeks. You must complete Level 2 of the program before taking a co-op term, and co-op terms may be taken consecutively.

The industrial experience you will gain in the co-op component of the program will give you an added advantage in securing a position after graduation. You are encouraged, but not required, to participate in co-operative education.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op).

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.

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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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

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

instructor

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.

Faculty

Instructors

Rosamund Russell, BASc, PEng
Program Head, Automation and Instrumentation

Rich Beketa, DiplT, AScT

Gurminder Grewal, MEng

Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng

Mahda Jahromi, PhD, PEng (on leave)

Diane Kennedy, PhD, PEng

Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng

Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng
Program Head, First Year

David Leversage, BEng, PEng (on leave)

Glenn Pellegrin
, BASc, MET, PEng

Dorothy Rogers, BEng, PEng (on leave)

Hassan Saberi, MSc, EIT

Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng

Remya Sreenath, BTech, PEng

Robert Trost, MEng, PEng

Reza Vahidnia, PhD

Assistant Instructors

Chris Goetz, DipIT

Todd Jelstad, DiplT

Steven A. McClain, BTech, SMIEEE

Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT

Ron Stewart, BSc, BEd

William Zhang, BSEE


Technical Staff

William Han
Technician

Staff

Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng
Associate Dean

Rosmin Gilani
Administrative Assistant

Gundi Minato
Program Administrator

Advisory committee

Rocky Blondin
Principal and Owner, Blondin Enterprises Inc.

Steve Egglestone
Project Manager, ESC Automation

Catherine Fritter
Business Unit Leader, Moffatt & Nichol

Sokun Hem
Contract Project Technologist, Orbis Engineering

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

Shannon Ronne
Manager, Application Engineering, Spartan Controls

Greg Ryan
Department Head, Instrumentation & Controls
Solaris Management Consultants

Gregory Shrimpton
Process Automation Technologist, Township of Langley

Paul Wessel
Outside Sales, Corix Control Solutions

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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.
Find out more

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@bcit.ca or call 604-412-7578.

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