Instrumentation and Controls Technologist

Program Overview

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The Instrumentation and Controls Postgraduate Diploma Program builds a solid understanding of the best engineering practices in instrumentation, controls and networking technology. Instruments and process control systems are used in the industry to measure and control variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, level, motion, force and chemical composition.

Participants will understand requirements of applicable Canadian technical standards, norms and practices. They will acquire knowledge and skills in designing, configuring, tuning, operating and maintaining instrumentation and controls systems in a variety of industrial settings.

All courses in the program are taught by practicing industrial professionals, ensuring that the learning process is practical and comprehensive.

The program consists of 176 hrs of instruction and includes in-depth classroom lectures, demonstrations and case studies. The program also includes site visits to develop practical understanding of real-life scenarios, problems and solutions.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well suitd for positions in a variety of industries such as chemical, petroleum refining, food-processing, automotive manufacturing, steel production, pulp and paper sectors. They will be responsible for modern industrial equipment that requires advanced level of control and integrates electrical, mechanical and instrumentation technologies. Typical positions include: Instrument and Control System Designer, Control Systems Technologist, Instrument Technologist, Process Control Technologist etc.

Courses in this program:

Networking and Communication Systems
Canadian Electrical Code
Engineering Project Management
Canadian Industrial Practices and Workplace Culture

Program Outcomes

Core Knowledge Competency:

Graduates will gain proficiency in the area of management, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems.

Upon completion of this program participants will:

Understand engineering standards and specifications relating to instrumentation and controls;
Understand requirements related to reliability of instrumentation and control systems;
Identify design specifications concerned with instrumentation, distributed controls, programmable logic controllers and ancillary systems;
Recognize sizing, wiring, configuration design and operational characteristics of control systems;
Understand requirements concerned with effective maintenance of instrumentation and control systems;

Core Skills Competency:

Graduates will be able to ensure operational integrity and productivity of instrumentation and control systems, provide design inputs and oversee set up, operation and maintenance of these systems.

Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

Ensure consistent application of design standards, processes and guidelines related to operation and maintenance of instrumentation and control systems;
Support design, installation, operation, inspection, trouble-shooting and optimization of instrumentation and control systems;
Review engineering designs and make recommendations to enhance productivity, reliability, safety, and environmental performance of instrumentation and control systems;
Contribute to continuous improvement of company practices related to operation of systems;
Specify the scope and frequencies of maintenance activities and contribute to development of preventative maintenance programs;
Ensure that engineering changes are effectively integrated into existing systems;
Perform risk assessments of engineering changes and new technologies;
Exhibit personal and interpersonal professional behaviors, communicate effectively and contribute to team-work and project activities.