Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Program Description

Instrumentation Engineering Technology provides students with sound theoretical and practical training in the operation and maintenance of automated process control and measurement systems used in the production of various commodities. Instrumentation technologists use electronic test equipment to install, troubleshoot, calibrate, maintain and repair electrical/electronic measurement and control instruments. Students will learn about pneumatic devices, control valves, electronic instruments, digital logic devices, computer based process controls and control system design. Students also become well versed in personal computer applications in instrumentation, process control systems design, Fieldbus,TM SCADA, PLC, distributed control system design and interfacing of industrial microcomputer control systems with real processes. Modern laboratory facilities include pilot-scale versions of processes found in various industries and a fully equipped control room.

The Instrumentation Engineering Technology program is currently only offered full-time; distance and continuing education options are not available. Each academic year consists of two 15-week semesters and students generally take two years to complete the program.

Your Career

Instrumentation Engineering Technology is an expanding field with new innovations and technology. 

Jobs in instrumentation engineering technology apply knowledge and principles of pneumatic, electronic and computer systems to measure and control pressure, flow, temperature level, chemical composition and other variables in industrial processes. Technologists work with pneumatic devices, control valves, electronic instruments and digital logic devices. Personal computer applications in instrumentation process control systems design, FieldbusTM, SCADA, PLC, distributed control system design and interfacing of industrial microcomputer control systems are important activities in a career in instrumentation. Instrumentation engineering technologists use electronic equipment to install, troubleshoot, calibrate, maintain and repair electrical/electronic measurement and control instruments.

Opportunities for employment exist in engineering design, instrumentation sales and industrial process plants in a variety of sectors, including power production, oil and gas refining, processing, transportation, fertilizer production, pulp and paper, wood processing, petrochemical processing, food processing, mining and manufacturing.

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.