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Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom
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Program Highlights

Through courses combining theory with hands-on learning in a modern lab, 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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,092
Year 2: $5,092
Year 1 (International): $16,769
Year 2 (International): $16,769

Year 1: $5,739
Year 2: $5,739
Year 1 (International): $18,546
Year 2 (International): $18,546

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


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

What is instrumentation?

Instrumentation engineering technologists focus on monitoring and control of equipment and facilities to ensure production and quality of the final product. The instrumentation engineering technologist is responsible for the design, programming and maintenance of automated systems and machines.

Hear more from our alumni Jasmeen Virk, Application Specialist at Spartan Controls, and Joshua Anhalt, President of Greenpath Energy Ltd.

Instrumentation career options

Graduates of this program have opportunities for employment in a variety of sectors. They will find work in the growing renewable energy industry, power generation, water treatment, building environmental control sector and more.

Hear more from current student Jeff Gross and President of Greenpath Energy Ltd, Joshua Anhalt.

Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Work in the growing renewable energy industry, power generation, water treatment, oil and gas sector and more. Instrumentation engineering technologists focus on control and monitoring of equipment and facilities to ensure production and quality of the final product. Watch to find out more!

Nationally accredited education

Our Instrumentation Engineering Technology program has been evaluated and accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada — a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession. This process represents excellence in education and the high standards of the industry awaiting our graduates.

Program Details

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™ 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

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.

  • Graduates of the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program have a 94% employment rate.

Student Success

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 twenty five hours per week on assignments, studying and projects.

A career in Instrumentation Engineering Technology typically includes both office and field work. 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? Verbal (good English language skills); Written (clear, concise)
  • 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, by the end of the program. This requires that students 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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


The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) 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 International Society of Automation (ISA).

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Camosun College
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Victoria

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

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


Program Outline

View additional Instrumentation Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First Year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,107 $462 $288 $235 $5,092
2 $4,107 $462 $288 $235 $5,092

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $15,560 $462 $288 $460 $16,769
2 $15,560 $462 $288 $460 $16,769

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,517 $682 $288 $252 $5,739
2 $4,517 $682 $288 $252 $5,739

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,116 $682 $288 $460 $18,546
2 $17,116 $682 $288 $460 $18,546

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • 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.


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Inspiring Stories

An expansive program that blends hands-on learning and theory makes students more versatile when finding work in the industry, says Deighton.

Craig joined SAIT knowing previous graduates secured good jobs after finishing the program. The hands-on labs in a state-of-the-art facility helped him land a job of his own six weeks before graduation, but it was the instructors who left a lasting impression.

Deighton Poulin
Instrumentation Engineering Technology | 2016

“It’s a broad overview so you can find what you like best,” he says, adding he feels ready to enter the workforce. “I’m pretty well prepared.”

Craig Mackenzie
Instrumentation Engineering Technology | 2017

"They were so willing to give their time to every student."

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