Program Information

Students who enjoy hands-on automation and process control will appreciate the strong training and technical foundation provided in the Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology - Industrial Automation program.

Instrumentation, final control elements and process computer control systems in any manufacturing process environment are broken down into sequential logical steps, analyzed and control is implemented. In industry, measured variables are then monitored and controlled. Examples of these variables include pressure, flow, temperature, level, motion, force and chemical composition.

Topics of study include signal conditioning, transmitters, analyzers, controllers, control systems, and final control elements such as control valves, dampers, and electric motors. These are components of automated control loops. Typical process industries that utilize this technology include petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food processing, pulp and paper, automotive, and mining. Alongside the maintenance requirements of these industries there are other career options available including engineering, sales, and service providers/maintainers.

    Students enrolled in this program will train in Lambton College’s newly renovated Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies. The Centre offers state-of-practice technology laboratories and infrastructure to support learning and research in next-generation technologies in collaboration with industry. Numerous hands-on laboratories are designed to enable participants to install, configure, calibrate, troubleshoot, and maintain instruments (pneumatic, analog, digital) and control systems in a variety of industrial-replicated settings.

    Graduates of this program are eligible to receive credit for all three levels of Ontario's Instrumentation and Control Technician (447A) in-school apprenticeship training. 

    This program can be taken in an accelerated format.

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    Admission Requirements

    O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

    • Grade 12 English C or U
    • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
    • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U
      -or-
      Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (both recommended, only one required)
    Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics is recommended; Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade is 60%. If the program is highly competitive, students with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics will be given preference. Applicants will be expected to communicate electronically and to use computer applications as required in their programs on a course by course basis.

     

    Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at x 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

    Course List

    ICS-1302: Fundamentals of Instrumentation I

    This is an introductory course in process instrumentation and safety. Topics will include: instrumentation handling safety, work safety, electrical and mechanical shop practices, blueprint reading, overview of instruments, and wiring. The laboratory component will expose the student to the correct use and operation of equipment associated with sensors and measuring instrument.

    MTH-1904: Mathematics for Technology I

    This course reviews and develops concepts in algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and vectors with technical applications.

    ELE-1055: Electric Circuits I

    This is an introductory course in electricity consisting of fundamental electric principles together with an analysis of simple electric circuits. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. Laboratory exercises complement the material covered in class.

    CHM-1304: Introductory Applied Chemistry

    This course introduces the student to chemical aspects relevant to students in the ICET program. It includes a review of fundamental chemical principles including atomic structure and stoichiometry. Based on these foundations, applications of the ideal gas law and electrochemistry are investigated. This course is delivered as three lecture hours per week and an associated two hour biweekly lab. The laboratory portion applies theoretical concepts to a selection of physicochemical processes and allows students to develop skills of careful manipulation and observation.

    COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

    In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

    GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

    ICS-2303: Fundamentals of Instrumentation II

    This course consists of an introduction to some of the fundamentals of process variables such as temperature, pressure, and level measuring instruments. Topics include primary sensing devices, terminology and symbols, and test equipment usage including calibration procedures. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to become familiar with various types of test equipment, connection of instruments to sense process variation, apply calibration standards, and learn troubleshooting skills.

    MTH-2904: Mathematics for Technology II

    This course contains elements of algebra, and introduces the concept of functions including graphing. It also introduces differential and integral calculus with basic applications.

    ELE-2055: Electric Circuits II

    This course is designed to extend the student's knowledge and experience in the areas of DC network theorems and alternating current RC, and LCR networks. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. These concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

    PHY-2204: Physics

    An introductory course in physics covering mechanics and heat. This course consists of six units of theory and six laboratory assignments. The theory unit topics are measurements; motion; fluids; heat energy; force; and work, energy and power. The laboratory component provides the learners with hands-on experience in exercises, which complement the lecture material.

    COM-2043: Communications for Technology

    Technical writing differs from most student writing; therefore, it is necessary for students to learn the structure, nuances, and style of technical writing to be successful in completing labs, summaries, and reports. Through research writing and documentation, and through oral presentations, successful students will gain important transferrable skills that provide the basis for technical communication required in their other coursework and the workplace.

    GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

    Academic Break

    ICS-3305: Process Instrumentation I

    This course is a continuation for ICS1302 and ICS2303 instrumentation fundamentals. This course presents methods of calibration of various process variables measuring instruments and standards. Batch and continuous process control concepts, primary elements and process variables such as pressure, flow of fluids and control valves terminology and operation. Introduction to programmable logic controllers and input / output interface requirements with process variables are also introduced. Final control elements such as solenoids, electric motors, and valves and the controlling signaling also presented. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to become familiar with various types of test equipment, connection of instruments to sense process variation, apply calibration standards and learn troubleshooting skills.

    STA-1903: Statistics for Technology

    This course contains descriptive statistics, basic probability, and regression analysis. The course also includes binomial distribution, normal distribution, Student's t-distribution and F-distribution. The statistical ideas of sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are introduced. This course also includes elements statistical process control, and system reliability.

    ELE-3505: Electronic Devices and Circuits I

    This course, intended for Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology students, investigates the characteristics, basic circuits, and biasing techniques of semiconductor diodes, transistors, thyristors, and linear integrated circuits. Operational amplifiers are examined and various applications of Op-Amps to instrumentation and control are explored. The student's knowledge and understanding of electric circuits will grow through the use of lectures and labs.

    ICS-3204: Introduction to AutoCAD for Instrumentation and Control

    This is an introductory course on the use of AutoCAD 2019 Computer Assisted Design and Drafting software. Students learn to access AutoCAD commands for preferences, drawings modifying, dimensioning, applying text and plotting, to produce 2-D drawings. The use of Computer Assisted Design as a drafting and design tool that is used extensively in many industries locally and throughout the world. An individual who learns understands and can apply this program, has little difficulty transferring those skills to other CAD programs. AutoCAD is introduced as a valuable tool that could be used by any technologist, with a focus on electrical, process control and instrumentation.

    CHM-2812: Introduction to Industrial Chemical Processes

    This course, specifically designed to support students involved in Process Technology and related technology programs, examines the development of industrial complexes, refining and petrochemical and petroleum products, plastics and rubbers (polymers), and the manufacture of ammonia, steel and aluminum. Basic principles of industrial chemistry process units and energy production, with particular focus on nuclear power, are reviewed and applied to typical processes drawn from a variety of industry sectors. This course also includes a brief overview of the general factors which lead to the development of a petrochemical complex, with particular emphasis on the history and subsequent development of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial complex.

    JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

    This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

    GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

    ICS-4305: Process Instrumentation II

    This course is a continuation of ICS-3305. Topics will include: principles of measurement of additional process variables such as weight, density, and humidity; control valve technologies; panel instruments; sizing and application of control valves; instrument air systems; hazardous area classifications; electrical wiring practices and interpretation of loop wiring diagrams; overview of digital communications network structures and protocols; and an introduction to fiber optics technology. A series of laboratory experiments will illustrate the measurement principles, calibration and installation techniques for a variety of sensors and control valves.

    ELC-3744: Digital Logic

    This course is designed to give technology students a thorough understanding of digital techniques and logic circuits, as applied to Industrial Control Circuits and to Processor Based Control Systems. Theory is presented in a two-hour weekly lecture schedule supported and supplemented by a two-hour weekly laboratory, which is designed to reinforce the lecture materials. The foundation of the course begins with a study of digital logic gates and functions and expands to include combinational and sequential logic, culminating with a study of the architecture and functioning of microprocessor based systems such as computers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial control systems.

    ICS-5305: Process Control Systems

    This course consists of an introduction to process control and control systems. Topics include process characteristics, Proportional-Integral-Derivative(PID) modes of control, On/Off control, PID tuning, batch/continuous control, multivariable control and non-linear control. Applications are presented in each case. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to operate many types of single loop and multi-loop control systems, with the primary emphasis on controller tuning.

    ELE-3155: Electrical Systems and Control

    This course is designed to extend the student's knowledge and experience into the areas of single-phase and balanced three-phase alternating current systems. The terminal properties of AC and DC motors, generators and transformers are thoroughly investigated, and the student is introduced to the control strategies and devices most commonly used with these machines. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. These concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

    MTH-3903: Mathematics for Technology III

    This course is a continuation of differential and integral calculus, including trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. The course also contains partial differentiation, methods of integration, and advanced applications of derivatives and integrals.

    CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term I - Four Months

    Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

    CPL-2049: Co-op Work Term II - Four Months

    Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

    ICS-6405: Process Analyzer Systems

    This course is a study of industrial on-line, continuous operation, process stream analyzers that measure process conditions directly. The course focuses on; analyzer theory of operation; application, installation, programming and calibration of on-line analyzers. Analyzers studied include gas chromatographs, pH, electrolytic conductivity, IR, oxygen, gas detectors as well as process sample systems. These analyzers monitor feedstock and product composition/ and quality, give insight into process efficiency and are often the first line of defense for worker health and safety and environmental protection. This course will also give insight into their use for closed loop process control.

    MTH-4903: Mathematics for Technology IV

    This course contains the analysis and applications of arithmetic, geometric, and power (Maclaurin and Taylor) series as well as the construction and application of trigonometric (Fourier) series. Methods of solving first and second order differential equations are introduced, including the use of Laplace transform.

    ICS-5354: Programmable Logic Control

    An integrated lecture/laboratory course where learners are introduced to the fundamentals of programmable logic control design. Applications of programmable logic controllers are stressed. This course will allow the learner to study control systems which use discrete components and continuous/analog systems operated in well defined sequential steps to bring about a desired result. Using the unique control features afforded by PLC's, and by judicious application of PLC fundamentals, the learner will also demonstrate an ability to bring process systems under control.

    ICS-5703: Systems Automation

    This course is an introduction to automation systems and robotics technology. Automation components, industrial sensors including electro-mechanical relays, electronics switches, transducers and many various types of automation interface hardware will be introduced. Automation vision type sensors, servo systems and controller systems needed for today automation are an integral part of the course. Students will produce a system automation project that illustrates their knowledge including the manipulation of process instrumentation, process control, robotic motion and the integration of process sensors and auxiliary control equipment to achieve reliable automation.

    ICS-6233: Process Instrumentation Project Management and Documentation

    The course deals with the instrumentation and process automation project design, sizing, calculations, documentation and selection of instruments, within the scope of applicable codes, standards and regulations. An instrumentation design and implementation is prepared for realistic equipment normally used in many processes. Course activities include design and documentation of complete instrument loops with additional focus on control valves, orifice plates, pressure relief valves and many other types of instrumentation for flow, pressure, level etc. Cost estimating, purchasing of equipment and project management are an intricate part of this course. Students will utilize CAD systems and other software as required. The course enriches student experience and integration of knowledge and skills learned from other courses in the instrumentation and control program curriculum.

    CPL-3049: Co-op Work Term III - Four Months

    Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

    ICS-6715: Control System Architecture and Data Communication

    This course is an introduction to industrial process control systems, hardware architecture, and industrial data communications. Techniques and tools utilized for troubleshooting process control loop problems, electronic components and data communication systems are examined. The need for Instrumented Safety Systems is investigated and various system architectures are examined and evaluated using traditional qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques. Laboratory exercise involve the programming of traditional operator interfaces, implementing, integrating, and troubleshooting industrial communication systems circuits, safety instrumented systems, and simulated industrial processes

    ELE-6154: Electrical Systems and Controls II

    This is an introductory course in the study of electric power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization as it applies in industrial, commercial and residential settings. Students will learn about single-phase and three-phase systems, emphasizing the study of voltage drops and fault current analysis leading to calculation of cable and conductor sizing and specification of coordinated protective device systems. This is a hybrid course which combines weekly two-hour lectures with two-hour labs. The lab sessions support and reinforce the lectures and are conducted in a dedicated lab which includes an integrated voltage, current and power monitoring system with a data acquisition and display system. The students will extend their knowledge through additional on-line learning assignments.

    ICS-6309: Advanced Process Control

    This course is a continuation of ICS5306. Students will study advanced aspects of process control including: use of distributed control systems; feedforward control; multi-loop control; process control applications for chemical process unit operations such as distillation, steam generation (boiler) etc. The laboratory component will require students to design and configure control systems using the distributed control systems located in the college's pilot plant facilities.

    ICS-6204: Instrumentation and Control Capstone Project

    A capstone course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that has been learned during their studies and co-op work experience. Capstone experiences are superior examples of engagement through the integration of learning, knowledge, and application. This course provide the opportunity, space and resources for the instrumentation and control engineering technology students to innovate and create engineering projects that address today automation and manufacturing challenges. Student will develop ideas into workable engineering projects, create project statement of work that identify deliverables, needed resources and milestones. In addition they will provide complete design and documentation of the design concept, flow diagram, instrument loops, technical drawings, installation procedures and operational manual while working within the scope of the applicable codes and standards needed to implement a functional engineering system.

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    Technology Requirements

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    Employment Opportunities

    Our graduates find employment in a wide variety of areas in the instrumentation and control field. Technologist opportunities for employment exist in the chemical, petroleum refining, food processing, automotive manufacturing, steel production, and pulp and paper industries. Typical positions include: process analyzer specialist, instrument designer, control systems technologist, instrument technologist, instrument technician, and process control.

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