Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology - Industrial Automation


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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.

    Device Requirements

    This program requires a mobile device (laptop or tablet).

    See full device requirements.

    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
    Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (both recommended, only one required)

    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 ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

    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.

    Educational Pathways

    Transfer to Programs within Ontario

    We've worked with Ontario colleges to provide the following transfer opportunities:

    McMaster University
    Bachelor of Technology Partnership: Combined Degree/Diploma - enter into third year of this four-year program

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    Transfer to Programs outside of Ontario

    Institute of Technology Slingo - Ireland
    Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics


    Canadian Armed Forces

    This program is recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces for the Weapons Engineering Technician training requirement. ICET graduates are eligible for 750 hours (52%) of training avoidance.

    Weapons Engineering Technicians are responsible for the corrective and planned maintenance activities of the weapons systems on board a ship.

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