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Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Train to be an instrumentation technologist, studying control system design and computer-based processes for work in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas refining and petrochemical processing.

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™ 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. Each academic year consists of two 15-week semesters and students generally take two years to complete the program.

Is this the right fit for me?

The Instrumentation Engineering Technology program (IIET) requires an interest and aptitude for math, science and computers. The foundation that you have developed in these areas through previous education and experience will be further enhanced through courses that include lecture and laboratory components.

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is thirty hours per week. The average student is expected to spend about an additional 25 hours per week on assignments, studying and projects.

A career in Instrumentation Engineering Technology typically includes both office and fieldwork. Depending on someone’s particular career path, the proportion of office and field exposure can vary significantly.

In the IIET program, students are exposed to lab work that simulates field activities. This includes using machinery and hand tools to assemble, calibrate and troubleshoot industrial instrumentation components, following safety requirements including the use of personal protective equipment like safety glasses and footwear.

Some of the subject areas that are a focus of the program include:

  • Industrial process analysis
  • Process instruments
  • Analytical instruments
  • Control and safety systems

In the industry, instrumentation practitioners will often work in teams of various sizes. In the IIET program, many courses require working in teams for projects or lab assignments.

We invite you to reflect on the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy working in a team environment?
  • Am I a good communicator? (I have strong English language skills and can write clearly and concisely.)
  • Am I a self-starter who likes to think critically through problems and challenges?
  • Am I adaptable?

The IIET program is designed to provide teaching, or the delivery of information to students, at the beginning of the program, but evolves to more of a coaching role, where students learn more independently. This requires students to take more initiative and responsibility for their learning, with instructors available as a resource, as they progress through the program.

Students will have to secure their own job after graduation. Assistance is available on resumé writing and interviewing for a position. Networking opportunities with industry are available through the program. Students are encouraged to be active in their student club, to develop the soft skills that are important to a successful career and to access additional opportunities to network with industry.


Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) nationally accredits the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at the Engineering Technologist level.

Students are eligible for membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET) and the International Society of Automation (ISA).


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Instrumentation Engineering Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in a variety of sectors, including power production, processing, transportation, fertilizer production, pulp and paper, wood processing, food processing, mining and manufacturing. Potential positions include: 

  • instrumentation technologist 
  • engineering design 
  • instrumentation sales
  • industrial processing 

Related careers include: 

  • oil and gas refining 
  • petrochemical processing 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,301  
Year 2: $6,301

Year 1 (International): $18,963
Year 2 (International): $20,161

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open on Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  April 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Hands On: Process Control Cabinet

Working in SAIT’s one-of-a-kind Distributed Control System (DCS) lab in the Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Excellence, the students used the same industrial computers and cabinets that drive real-life processing plants. 

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or 75% in Math 30-2
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Physics 20
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 20

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Instrumentation Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

  • Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Reserved seats

Four seats are reserved for applicants who have completed and obtained a minimum of 70% in each of the following Career and Technology Studies courses:

  1. PRS1010 - Overview of Alberta Geology
  2. PRS1020 - Non-renewable Resources
  3. PRS1060 - Consumer Products and Services
  4. PRS2030 - Non-Conventional Hydrocarbon Exploration
  5. PRS2060 - Refining Hydrocarbons

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
APSC-215 Applied Physics for Instrumentation 1.5
COMP-261 Microsoft Office: An Introduction 1.5
ELEC-256 Electrical Fundamentals 3.0
INST-202 Process Instruments I 3.0
INST-257 World of Instrumentation 3.0
MATH-238 Mathematics for Engineering & Technology I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELEC-258 Electrical Applications 3.0
INST-262 Process Instruments II 3.0
MATH-288 Mathematics for Engineering & Technology II 3.0
MNTN-231 Instrument Installation and Maintenance 1.5
INST-265 Programming for Instrumentation 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CMPN-317 Remote Automation Systems 3.0
INST-335 Instrumentation Software 1.5
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
CNTR-322 Process Control Systems I 3.0
CMPN-337 Distributed Control Systems I 3.0
APSC-202 Applied Chemistry for Instrumentation 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
ANLS-330 Process Analyzers 3.0
INST-345 Advanced Technologies 3.0
PROJ-370 Instrumentation Project 3.0
CMPN-330 Distributed Control Systems II 3.0
CNTR-359 Process Control Systems II 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,968 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,301
2 $4,968 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,301

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,630 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $18,963
2 $18,828 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,161

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

Required equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

PPE is required in various labs. You'll need CSA-approved (green triangle) protective footwear and CSA Z94.3 (class 1) safety glasses with side shields.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

MATH 123: Math Refresher

Give your math skills a boost, refresh some of the basics and get ready for calculus with a review of algebra, geometry, functions and graphs, trigonometry, exponents, systems of equations and more. MATH 123 is specifically designed to help students in the following programs prepare for MATH 238: Chemical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Design and Drafting, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Instrument Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology.

Register before Monday, Jan. 10,2022 by completing the form. The course is self-paced and will be accessible through Brightspace (D2L) from Jan. 17 – Mar. 31, 2022.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Email: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Have questions about this program?

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