Instrumentation and Control Technician
On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Apprentice training delivery
Blended learning delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus and online. It includes scheduled classes and labs, as well as unscheduled coursework. Lab work will continue to be on campus.
Standard delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus in classrooms and labs.
Block release delivery type - your course activity has a fixed start and completion date. You will leave work and attend school for that period.
Weekly apprenticeship training system (WATS) delivery type - your course activity is done in shorter segments over an extended period. You can continue to work full-time while attending school.
Learn more about apprenticeship delivery methods and types at tradesecrets.alberta.ca.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses registered in and successfully completed per semester.
Learn more about program length on SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Learn to install, maintain and repair the measuring and control devices used in industrial and commercial processing.
You'll work with a wide variety of pneumatic, electronic and microcomputer devices used to measure and control pressure, flow, temperature, level, motion, force, and chemical composition.
Throughout your career, you'll consult manufacturers' manuals to determine test and maintenance procedures as well as use pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices to inspect and test instrument and system operation and diagnose faults.
You'll practice loss management principles, consult with and advise process operators, repair, maintain and adjust system components or remove and replace defective parts, conduct risk assessments, calibrate and maintain components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications, work with engineers on basic designs, install and maintain instruments on new or existing plant equipment and processes and interpret and use appropriate CSA, ISA and API installation standards and practices.
Is this the right fit for me?
Instrumentation and control technicians are individuals who are self-motivated and independent. This line of work is most fulfilling for those who enjoy problem-solving, logical reasoning, and being detail-oriented.
To thrive in this career, it is important to have the following traits:
- have a strong aptitude for mathematics, science, mechanics, and logical reasoning
- pay close attention to detail
- be interested in keeping up with constantly evolving technology
- be comfortable working independently
- enjoy being creative and innovative
- thrive on problem solving and finding solutions to challenges
- take pride in producing high-quality and precise work
- possess excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with various individuals on a job site
- capable of using proper lifting techniques to lift objects weighing between 11 and 25 kilograms
- committed to ensuring health and safety in the workplace
Upon successfully completing the required working hours and apprenticeship education periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade — a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.
With the industry becoming increasingly automated, instrumentation and control technicians are needed virtually anywhere there are control and metering systems.
You will be employed in some of the following industries:
- Pulp and paper processing
- Hydropower generation
- Mining, petrochemical and natural gas
- Industrial and commercial manufacturing
- Industrial construction
- Industrial instrument servicing
After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some instrumentation and control technicians become engineering technicians or move into company sales offices.
Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.
Admission and completion
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.
Entrance requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Successful completion of the following courses:
- English 20-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 30 and Chemistry 30
A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:
- English 30-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 30 and Chemistry 30 and Science 30
- Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
When do classes start?
Registration for the 2023/24 academic year opens May 10, 2023.
|Period||Start date||End date|
|1||Aug. 28, 2023||Oct. 20, 2023|
|2||Oct. 23, 2023||Dec. 15, 2023|
|4||Jan. 2, 2024||March 8, 2024|
|3||March 11, 2024||May 17, 2024|
How to register
Registration for apprenticeship education is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.
Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
Suite 200 Willow Park Centre
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE
After you register
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The term of apprenticeship for instrumentation and control technicians is four years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of classroom instruction at SAIT in the first and second years, and a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of classroom instruction at SAIT in the third and fourth years.
You will start by learning standard workplace safety and shop practices. You will then learn electrical theory and safety, basic measurements and calibration, final control elements as well as related applied physics and calculations.
You will learn about measurement instruments, control instruments, electrical and digital fundamentals and process equipment and energy systems.
You will learn electronic instrument loops, measurements, physical properties, process analyzers and process control.
You will learn advanced process control, communication systems, control systems, process analyzers, maintenance and workplace coaching skills.
Apprenticeship education performance
To be successful in apprenticeship education, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.
Tuition and fees*
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023.
|Period||Number of weeks||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Total|
What your SAIT fees pay for
Student support fee: supports student services and resources to help you succeed throughout your academic career, including services such as Career Advancement Services, and Student Development and Counselling.
Student technology fee: supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom, and technology to enhance the student experience.
Campus recreation fee: supports the provision of recreation and fitness facilities, movement classes, wellness programs, student events, intermural activities, varsity sports programs, and a variety of student engagement initiatives offered throughout the academic year. Exemptions to recreation fees are made in some circumstances.
Upass: provides you with unlimited access to Calgary Transit. Ineligible students are not required to pay this fee. Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Lab and materials fees: ensures SAIT labs and living classrooms have the required equipment and materials to support the necessary training for students.
Laundry fee: covers the cost of laundering the required uniforms. Applicable only to certain programs and apprenticeships.
Saitsa fees: supports the student-led, non-profit organization representing students. Fees support the operation of a variety of student services, activities, and programming.
Health and dental fees: provides access to thousands of dollars in coverage for prescription medication, dental treatments, paramedical services, and multiple other benefits. Domestic students with existing health and dental coverage may opt out. Find more details at saitsa.com/benefits.
|SAIT fees||Cost per period|
|Lab and materials fee||$90|
|Student support fee||$52.75|
|Student technology fee||$52.75|
|Campus recreation fee||$51.50|
Saitsa fee per week: $9
Books and supplies*
- Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
- It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
- Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.