Learn to install, repair and maintain measuring and control devices used in industrial and commercial processing. You’ll work with various pneumatic, electronic and microcomputer devices to measure and control pressure, flow, temperature and more.

During your career, you’ll refer to manuals to figure out test and maintenance procedures. You’ll also use pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices to inspect and test the operation of instruments and systems.

You’ll consult with and advise process operators. You’ll repair, maintain and replace defective parts and conduct risk assessments in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications.

Additionally, you’ll work with engineers to install and maintain instruments and equipment. You’ll also consult with them to interpret and use appropriate CSA, ISA and API installation standards and practices.

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 succeed in this trade, you should: 

  • enjoy math, science and mechanics
  • be interested in new technologies
  • be comfortable working independently
  • be creative and innovative
  • enjoy finding solutions to complex challenges
  • take pride in high-quality work
  • communicate well with other people
  • be committed to maintaining health and safety procedures in the workplace.

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, you'll be awarded an advanced diploma in addition to 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. 

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 22301, 22310, 22311, 22312, 22313, 72011.

Apprenticeship training

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.

Year 1 | Period 1

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.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 2 | Period 2

You will learn about measurement instruments, control instruments, electrical and digital fundamentals and process equipment and energy systems.

Training length: 8 weeks

Year 3 | Period 3

You will learn electronic instrument loops, measurements, physical properties, process analyzers and process control.

Training length: 10 weeks

Year 4 | Period 4

You will learn advanced process control, communication systems, control systems, process analyzers, maintenance and workplace coaching skills.

Training length: 10 weeks

Apprenticeship education performance

You must pass each section of the course and the AIT exam to succeed in apprenticeship education. 

The passing grade for each period is no less than 50% in each course, with no less than a 65% average overall. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

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Training pathways

You can earn your journeyperson designation in the following way.

The traditional training pathway begins with finding a job with an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Once you are an apprentice, you will alternate between on-the-job training and educational periods. 
You must apply for an apprenticeship through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training before attending your first education period at SAIT. 

SAIT’s two-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology diploma program equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) exams for Instrumentation and Control Technician periods one through four as well as the Journeyperson apprenticeship exam. 

Admission requirements

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.

Minimum requirements

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

Recommended requirements

Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 30, Chemistry 30 and Science 30
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
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Once you have begun working as an apprentice, you can attend SAIT to complete your technical training.

You'll register for technical training at SAIT on MyTradeSecrets or you can register by phone.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Thompson Rivers University

Program name
Bachelor of Technology
Available credits:
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Technology at Thompson Rivers University, provided you meet all other admission criteria and space remains available in the program.

Thompson Rivers University

Program name
Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership
Available credits:
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship program, you will be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership at Thompson Rivers University, provided you meet all other admission criteria and space remains available in the program.

Available intakes


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

The estimated total cost of 2024/25 tuition and fees in each period of technical training.
Period Number of weeks Tuition fees Additional fees Total
1 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
2 8 $1,152 $329 $1,481
3 10 $1,440 $347 $1,787
4 10 $1,440 $347 $1,787
Total cost:

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Books or modules, along with other items for classes, are approximately $600 per period.

We recommend you don't 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 (PPE) will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

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Funding options for apprentices

Apprentices get to learn while they earn, but there are still costs to consider. Many resources are available at SAIT and federally to help support apprentices.

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.


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