Overview

The Instrumentation Engineering Technology program is designed to give you comprehensive theoretical and hands-on training in the operation and maintenance of automated process control and measurement systems.

Instrumentation and control engineering systems are essential in producing a range of commodities, offering various career opportunities.

In this program, you will:

  • gain proficiency in managing automated process control systems that are pivotal in modern manufacturing and production
  • acquire skills to install, troubleshoot, calibrate and repair electrical/electronic measurement and control instruments
  • delve into pneumatic devices, control valves, electronic instruments, digital logic devices and computer-based process controls
  • learn to design robust control systems, including Fieldbus™ SCADA, PLC and distributed control systems
  • master interfacing industrial microcomputer control systems with actual processes for seamless operation
  • carry out pilot-scale or trial-run processes within modern laboratory facilities, including a fully equipped control room
  • become an adept technician in personal computer applications relevant to instrumentation and process control systems.

As a graduate, you can pursue a career in control engineering, engineering design, instrumentation sales and industrial process plants across sectors such as power production, oil and gas, fertilizer production, petrochemicals, food processing and more.

With an impressive employment rate for graduates, the program opens doors to a prosperous career in instrumentation and control engineering technology.

This program spans over two years, with each academic year comprising two 15-week semesters. It’s offered exclusively full-time. We recommend attending an information session to learn more about the curriculum, meet instructors and understand the career pathways available after graduation.

Embrace the opportunity to become a skilled professional in a field integral to the efficiency and success of the industrial sector.

Those working in instrumentation engineering tend to be objective, innovative and methodical.

You need:

  • aptitude in math, chemistry and physics
  • the ability to visualize 3D objects from 2D drawings
  • persistence
  • speaking and listening skills
  • people skills to work in teams
  • hands-on mechanical skills to troubleshoot equipment in the field.

You should enjoy doing precise work, analyzing test results, finding innovative solutions and taking a methodical approach to your work. 

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You’ll complete a capstone project to prepare you to work with all project elements, from managing and planning, to work breakdown structures and scheduling.

This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) at the Engineering Technologist level.

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

After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Instrumentation Engineering Technology diploma.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 91% graduate employment rate

salary icon $72,800 average starting salary

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

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

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 22301, 22312.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Instrumentation Engineering Technology diploma requires 60 credits (23 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

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Course Credits

You will learn the theory and operation of process analyzers. The focus of this course is on gas and liquid analyzers, as well as safety-related monitors and detectors. You will become familiar with the commissioning and calibration process of analyzers to meet various governmental and industry standards.

Pre-requisites:
  • APSC 202
3

This course will provide a foundation in basic chemistry and physics used to design and operate analytical instrumentation. You will study topics related to analytical instrumentation:

  • Apply light behaviour and electrochemistry concepts to gas and liquid analysis.
  • Study the importance of corrosion prevention as it relates to the application of instrumentation.
  • Identify and relate some common hydrocarbon chains to hydrocarbon refining and combustion.
  • Study why sample handling is the root cause in over 80% of “analyzer problems.”
  • Introduce water quality measurement and its importance within water treatment processes.
  • Explore gas detection devices as they are used for safety purposes."
Equivalents:
  • APSC 220
1.5

The fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics are explored and applied to problems encountered in industrial instrumentation applications. Topics include viscosity, buoyancy, pressure, Bernoulli’s equation, pumps, phase behaviour, steam tables and heat transfer. Theoretical concepts are reinforced through related lab activities.

Corequsites:
  • INST 202
  • INST 257
1.5

This course will prepare the student to configure an RTU (independent), use a host to configure the communications and registers of an RTU, poll an RTU and configure a host as a multi-slave to poll the configuration of an RTU. The course will also focus on how to configure a PLC (independent), use a host to configure the communications and registers of a PLC, poll a PLC and configure a host as a multi-slave to poll configurations of a PLC.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 265
Corequsites:
  • CMPN 337
3

This course will prepare the student for the hardware and software configuration of an Emerson DeltaV Distributed Control System. This course continues from CMPN 337 and compares Ethernet to serial networks. The lab designs consist of DeltaV configuration of graphics and modules. The labs design an operator interface to communicate through simulations of a process. The theory will focus less on data communications and concentrate on DCS applications and their architectures.

Pre-requisites:
  • CMPN 337
3

This course will prepare the student for the hands-on hardware and software configuration of an ABB 800xA Control System. This course is a hands-on course that will introduce some of the communication techniques used in industry. Concepts from new technology and existing technology will be discussed. The student can analyze and demonstrate using ABB/800xA DCS architecture, module types and application software.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 257
  • INST 262
  • INST 265
Equivalents:
  • CMPN 320
3

This course introduces the control loop, modelling and simple feedback control. Topics include Laplace transform techniques, modelling of simple processes, feedback loop architecture, characteristics of the loop and its functional blocks, feedback controllers, their modes and applications. The steady-state and dynamic responses of first-order elements and their effects on a feedback control loop are emphasized.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 257
  • INST 262
  • MATH 288
Equivalents:
  • CNTR 320
3

The course is a continuation of CNTR 322. The control of common process variables and multiple control loops such as cascade, override and multivariable control loops are studied. More advanced control strategies using ratio and feedforward control techniques are introduced. Control schemes are applied to control compressors, boilers and distillation columns.

Pre-requisites:
  • CNTR 322
Equivalents:
  • CNTR 325
3

This course is designed to develop technical writing and presentation skills to ensure workplace readiness. Students will learn how to evaluate communication situations, analyze documents, assess research sources and develop organizational skills to apply in their work. They will learn about and practice designing, formatting and writing various professional documents. Students will also develop confidence (through practice) in developing and delivering effective and engaging presentations.

3

This applied computer course provides students with critical electronic communications, data and file management skills, and a strong focus on using typical productivity applications to format, calculate, analyze, visualize, and present or report data and information.

Corequsites:
  • COMP 264
1.5

An introductory course in electrical principles, concepts and relationships, power and energy, circuit analysis, capacitance, magnetism and inductance. The labs supplement the theory using lab connections and computer simulations to illustrate operational and analytical concepts.

3

This course picks up from the basics learned in ELEC 256. It moves onto exploring practical concepts around working at hazardous locations, working with electrical enclosures, the basic elements of electrical installations and identifying issues around intrinsic safety. Core concepts that will also be explored are such things as basic alternating single and three-phase currents, electric motor fundamentals and foundations of basic digital principles. The labs supplement the theory using lab connections and computer simulations to illustrate operational and analytical concepts.

Pre-requisites:
  • ELEC 256
  • INST 202
Equivalents:
  • THRM 253
3

This course explores the measurement of three (pressure, level, temperature) of the ‘big four’ processes. Topics in this course include the language (terminology) of process measurement, the science of measurement (Metrology), how pressure, level, and temperature of a process are measured, along with the generation (transmitters) of pneumatic, electric and digital signals. Learners will acquire experience with these measurement devices through hands-on laboratory exercises.

Corequsites:
  • APSC 215
  • INST 257
Equivalents:
  • INST 231
3

This course is a guided tour of instrumentation, an opportunity to create instrumentation drawings using software, a look at instrumentation documentation and an introduction to industrial processes and equipment operations. Course participants will discover the opportunities for instrumentation graduates through industry speakers and tours.

Corequsites:
  • APSC 215
Equivalents:
  • ENGD 212
  • PROP 257
3

This course is a continuation of INST 202, emphasizing selecting instruments for industrial process measurements of pressure, level, temperature, and flow. Topics include installation, calibration, and maintenance of head-type flow measurement instruments, linear type including magnetic, turbine, vortex, ultrasonic, positive displacement and mass flow meters, sizing, selecting and testing instruments, final control elements, and introduction to controllers.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 202
  • INST 257
Equivalents:
  • INST 331
3

Visual Basic programming explores computer programming concerning instrumentation applications. Programming techniques explored include flow charts, pseudo-code, if…else statements, select…case statements, functions and Subroutines, the debugger and creating a macro in Microsoft Excel. Advanced techniques explored include looping methods, arrays, data transfer and data acquisition. The second half of the term involves writing an application to interact with a P-only controller.

Pre-requisites:
  • COMP 261
Equivalents:
  • CMPP 322
1.5

This course gives the student both fundamental and hands-on experience in various applications used within Instrument Engineering Technology and applications used for managing projects.

Pre-requisites:
  • COMP 261
  • INST 257
  • INST 262
Equivalents:
  • PROJ 320
1.5

This course aims to introduce new and emerging technologies to the Instrumentation student. As stated, the course is directed at New and Emerging technologies. Therefore, the content will be continually evolving and changing. The course includes Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), Wireless Communication and Directive 17 measurement standards and regulations.

Pre-requisites:
  • CMPN 317
  • CMPN 337
  • CNTR 322
  • INST 335
3

This course enables students to apply basic algebra and introductory calculus knowledge to resolve applied scientific and technological problems. Applications include linear motion, areas under curves and volumes of revolution.

Equivalents:
  • MATH 235
  • MATH 1011
3

This course enables students to apply advanced algebra, integral and differential calculus methodologies to scientific and technological applications. Topics include trigonometric and transcendental calculus, methods of integration, specifically integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, and by use of tables. Applications include linear motion, areas under curves, volumes of revolution, centroids, moments of inertia, and program-relevant applications.

Pre-requisites:
  • MATH 238
Equivalents:
  • MATH 285
3

This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in the safe selection and use of many hand and power tools in performing their industry duties. For experienced students, it provides a review of tool use and purpose; for inexperienced students, it gives the basics of using tools. Safe working procedures are stressed as various tools and procedures are explained and performed.

Pre-requisites:
  • INST 202
  • INST 257
1.5

This course will prepare the student to work with project elements, manage and plan a project, work breakdown structure and schedule a project. The course will also focus on meetings, regulatory requirements, request a quote (RFQ), quality assurance and estimating.

Pre-requisites:
  • CMPN 317
  • CMPN 337
  • CNTR 322
  • INST 335
Equivalents:
  • PROJ 325
3

This is an introductory data analysis course for engineering technology program students. Students apply techniques to organize, display, analyze and report data. Outcomes include methods of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will be exposed to software-based methods in laboratory sessions using industry-grade data. Some advanced topics of analysis are selectable toward the end of the course.

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Progression

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.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in Math 30-1 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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 for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Camosun College and University of Victoria

Program name
Bridge to Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
Available credits:
60

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the Electrical and Computer Engineering bridge program offered by Camosun College, provided all admission requirements are met.

Successful completion of this bridging program will qualify you to enter the third year of the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (January intake) at the University of Victoria. This degree is eligible for Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) designation.

Camosun College and University of Victoria

Program name
Bridge to Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering
Available credits:
60

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the Electrical and Computer Engineering bridge program offered by Camosun College, provided all admission requirements are met.

Successful completion of this bridging program will qualify you to enter the third year of the Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering (January intake) at the University of Victoria. This degree is eligible for Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) designation.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

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

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,790 $1,608 $7,398
2 2 $5,790 $1,608 $7,398
Total cost:
$14,796

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $19,770 $1,608 $21,378
2 2 $19,770 $1,608 $21,378
Total cost:
$42,756

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

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.

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 is required this term.

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.

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Financial aid

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Application process

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Communication during admission

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. We recommend you add the macphail.students@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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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Phone
403.284.8451
Email
macphail.students@sait.ca

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Phone
403.284.8852
Email
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