Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology - Industrial Automation - Accelerated

ICTX
City: Sarnia
Two-Year with Co-op Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Sep Closed

Overview

Mesh your hands-on skills and your love for technology and discover the limitless opportunities within the field of automation and instrumentation.

The Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology – Industrial Automation Accelerated (ICTX) program at Lambton College is designed for students with a previous degree or advanced diploma, to develop an in-depth understanding of Instrumentation, Electronics, and Automation. This program provides students with a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that combines both lecture and laboratory components, allowing them to build on their existing foundation in these fields and gain valuable knowledge and skills.

The coursework for the ICTX program covers a broad range of topics, including basic principles of mathematics, electrical and electronic circuits, microprocessor-based systems, computer programming, and instrumentation. Students will also gain knowledge in a variety of Automation topics, including industrial communication networks, robotics, and automated systems.

The program also provides students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects that will help to further their understanding of the topics covered in the coursework. Through these projects, students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world scenarios and gain a better understanding of the principles of Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology – Industrial Automation Accelerated.

Overall, the ICTX program provides students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive, hands-on education in the fields of Instrumentation, Electronics, and Automation. With the combination of lecture and laboratory components, students enrolled in this program will be well-prepared to enter the workforce and make a positive impact in their chosen field.

Instrumentation Examples in the Everyday

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must possess an Engineering Technology degree, Engineering degree, or Science degree in physics or chemistry.
  • Students who apply will be assessed individually and will be exempt from introductory courses based on their educational background.
  • Students are required to complete a series of technical writing workshops in order to progress into the second term of study.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel a program or course at any time; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways to third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College's sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS of 6.5

- or -

  • TOEFL iBT 79

- or -

  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.


Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

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Costs

  • Term 1 $8,583.22
  • Term 2 $7,797.12
  • Co-op Term $0.00
  • Co-op Term $0.00
  • Term 3 $7,797.12
  • Co-op Term $0.00
  • Term 4 $8,497.12
$32,674.58
Total Cost of Program

Tuition fees are estimates and are subject to change each academic year. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Additional Fees

  • Lab Coat
    $40.00
  • Calculator
    $40.00
  • Safety Shoes
    $150.00
  • Safety Glasses
    $20.00

Important Dates, Deadline & Late Fees

For additional information on registration dates, deadlines and late fees please refer to Registration Dates and Deadlines.

Student Fees

A student services fee is included in your tuition.

Health Insurance Coverage

Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all international students at Lambton College. This includes students who are full-time and part-time and who are on a co-op. This insurance is provided by guard.me - a third party insurance provider.

See Insurance Costs & Details

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Labs & Equipment

Courses

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.

ICS-3305
Process Instrumentation I

This is an intermediate level course in Instrumentation for those going into the field of Instrumentation & Control. Students will develop an understanding of Instrumentation terminology, symbology, and elements of Instrument systems. Methods of flow measurement and installation aspects of devices will be covered in detail. Final control elements such as solenoids, electric motors, and control valves will be covered in detail. 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 & 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 & 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.

SUS-1003
Introduction to Sustainable Development

This course introduces the concept of sustainable development to a broad audience. Students are presented with the factors that affect the environmental, economic and social sustainability of our communities. The course investigates the development of human populations and how their need for resources (e.g. energy, food, water) has compromised the natural ecosystems. Social and economic factors are explored in the context of social equality and sustainability in the local and global economy. The effects of individual lifestyle changes on the sustainability of communities are also examined.

JSS-1001
Job Search & Success

This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.

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.

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-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.

CPL-1049
Co-op Work Term

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-ops-placements

CPL-2049
Co-op Work Term

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/student-supports/co- ops-placements

ICS-6405
Process Analyzer Systems

This course is a study of industrial, 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 stream sample systems. These analyzers monitor feedstock and product composition and quality, give insight into process efficiency, and are often the first line of defence 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.

ELE-3155
Electrical Systems & 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.

ICS-6233
Process Instrumentation Project Management & 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

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/student-supports/co- ops-placements

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-6715
Control System Architecture & 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, 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, safety instrumented systems, and processes.

ELE-6154
Electrical Systems & 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-6204
Instrumentation & 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's automation and manufacturing challenges. Student will develop ideas into workable engineering projects, create a project statement of work that identify deliverables, needed resources, and milestones. In addition, they will provide complete design concepts with the appropriate documentation; flow diagram, instrument loops, technical drawings, installation procedures and operational manuals. Students will learn to work within the scope of the applicable codes and standards needed to implement a functional engineering system.

ICS-5703
Systems Automation

This course is an introduction to automation systems and robotics technology. Canada's robotics safety code will be examined and interpreted. Automation hardware components such as industrial robotic arms, tooling, controllers, teach pendants, industrial sensors, vision systems, conveyors and safety systems will be utilized. The programming of industrial robots to efficiently accomplish assignment objectives is an integral part of the course. Hands on lab exercises will permit students to illustrate their knowledge and competency in achieving a reliable solution to various automation objectives.

Contact

Centre for Global Engagement

LAMBTON COLLEGE SARNIA

1457 London Road

Sarnia ON, N7S 6K4

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

ICECT students in industrial lab posing for photo.

Our graduates are employed in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, energy generation, automobile assembly lines and food processing plants.

Accreditations & Certifications

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 on board a ship.

Pathways

Transfer to Programs within Ontario

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

McMaster University

Want to see more Ontario transfers? Visit ONTransfer.ca.

Transfer to Programs outside of Ontario

Atlantic Technological University - Ireland

Looking for Support After Graduation?

The International Graduate Services & Support Centre (GSSC) is a place dedicated to assisting International alumni as they seek employment and settle into Canadian life following graduation.

Co-op

About Co-op

Students in this program have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by applying classroom learning during co-op experiences.

Learn more about co-op terms and the roles and responsibilities of students and co-op advisors.

More Information

Pathway to Apprenticeship

Graduates of Lambton College's Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology - Industrial Automation program now have a pathway to pursue apprenticeship after graduation.

Lambton College is approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer a unique diploma-to-apprenticeship pathway that would exempt graduates of this program from all levels of the ICT-447A apprenticeship.

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Take on more opportunity with our diploma-to-apprenticeship option
Set yourself up for success!

Student Responsibilities

  • Course and program delivery schedules are proposed and subject to change for each intake.
  • Students are required to bring their own laptop with wireless capability.
  • Students are advised to bring an official copy of their most recent police clearance, driver's license, and vaccination record from their home country.

Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.

Women in Technology & Trades

Female students, alumni, staff, and faculty of the technology and trades programs at Lambton College meet once a month to:

  • Network and support each other
  • Share experiences
  • Build a sense of community

Each year, the group attends a final retreat at Camp Ak-O-Mak. Learn more by emailing the Technology & Trades department.

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