Instrumentation technicians commission, install, calibrate, maintain and repair complex measurement and control systems used in a variety of process control applications.
As an Instrumentation and Control Technician your career will be technology-based with an applied edge.
This four-semester Ontario College Diploma program will prepare you for a hands-on, exciting and rewarding career in emerging engineering and scientific fields. The program provides valuable and in-demand skills required in today's process, manufacturing, and calibration facilities. These include, but are not limited to:
- Process Control, Safety, Electrical/Electronic Controls and Sensors
- SCADA/PLC, Automation/Robotics
- Industrial Communications and Data Acquisition
You will also learn required skills in communications, mathematics, science and health and safety to enhance your knowledge and skills for application in the workplace.
Candidates in good standing can attend a one week professional training program hosted by Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments, located in Peterborough. This free training allows you to learn the ins and outs of some of the world's best instruments in a professional setting, taught by a certified Siemens professional.
The engineering commons is where you will gain experience working with a variety of instruments and controls currently used in industry. This well-equipped facility consists of a lower level industry/factory floor area (5000 square feet) and an upper level control/electronic station area overlooking it (3000square feet).
Students in this program may have the opportunity to apply to paid summer co-ops. Examples of companies that have sponsored co-ops include: OPG, SGS, Andritz Hydro and Opcode Systems. The co-op runs during the summer between years one and two. This co-op allows you to build on your academic education, experience the work environment and make valuable contacts in one of the many diverse industries requiring instrumentation technician professionals.
Please note: In addition to tuition and fees, students who participate in a co-op pay a fee (approximately $506.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.
Graduates can obtain employment in industry sectors that use automated or controlled technology systems, found in the processing, instrumentation, manufacturing, petro-chemical, power generation, mining, oil and gas, alternative energy, nuclear energy, water treatment/water purification, or pulp, paper and wood processing industries.
- Instrumentation Technician is considered a voluntary trade in Canada, and many companies do not require trade certification.
- This means you can work in the field as an apprentice, or after obtaining a related two-year diploma
- After obtaining your diploma and working in the field for a few years, you can write the Trade Certification exam and obtain the Certificate of Qualification, if necessary.
Instrumentation Technician graduates use a variety of computing, electromechanical, and test equipment to install, troubleshoot, calibrate, maintain, and repair simple or complex measurement and control devices in a variety of fields. Depending on the industry you choose, a day’s work can range from calibrating small instruments at your desk, to programming a robot to perform a certain task, to braving the elements in the Alberta Oil Sands while repairing a large valve.
Typical Job Titles:
- Instrumentation Technician
- Process Technician, Process Analyst
- Control Technician
- Automation Technician
- Calibration and Test Technician
- Technical Sales
Opportunities for employment in this field are expected to increase due to retirements, and to recent growth in the manufacturing sector.
For more information on this career, visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Or, watch the video below about a job in the instrumentation control field.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), and Open (O) level including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 1 College (C) Math course (Grade 11 or 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
Recommended (but not required for admission)
- 1 College (C) Chemistry or Physics course (Grade 12)
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for entry to this program.
With just 8 additional courses you can complete a second diploma at Fleming in the Electrical Engineering Technician program and graduate with 2 diplomas in 3 years.