Instrumentation Engineering Technician - Process Automation


Ontario College Diploma

Area Of Interest

Engineering Technology


2 years

Program Code



Thunder Bay


Start Dates & Ontario Colleges Program Codes: 
Fall Start (September): 0337
Winter Start (January): 0338

Keeping Industry Moving Forward

Ever wonder what it takes to keep complex industrial processes running? Today there are process measurement and control system techniques that ensure precise product consistency and reliability.

Confederation College’s Instrumentation Engineering Technician – Process Automation and Control two-year program will provide you with a solid footing in both theory and practice in a modern, cutting-edge laboratory designed to emulate common control systems found in industry. Through coursework, you’ll learn the basics of electrical, digital, electronics, computer systems, industrial drawings & specifications, physics, computer software and communications for technology. Our lab features functioning processes employing pneumatic as well as modern microprocessor-based electronic control equipment such as PLC’s, Distributed Control Systems, and field networks.

Top Highlights

  • Learn how to install, calibrate, maintain and repair complex measurement and control systems used in a variety of process control applications
  • Two optional co-ops give you experience in your field of study
  • Option to apply for the 3rd year Electrical Engineering Technology program after graduation
  • Continue on to a university degree through articulation agreements

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. comply with current health and safety legislation and regulations, as well as organizational practices and procedures.
  2. select, install, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used in the measurement and control of process parameters.
  3. select and install components to conform to instrumentation and process control system specifications and related safety requirements.
  4. operate and configure electronic and computer-based controllers to optimize the performance of process control systems.
  5. repair and maintain wireless and wired control system components applying basic electrical, electronic and digital principles to the operating systems and firmware.
  6. assist with the installation of a control system as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  7. work in compliance with relevant industry standards, codes, policies and procedures.
  8. prepare documentation, technical reports and drawings for instrumentation and process control systems that conform to industry standards.
  9. develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance work performance as an instrumentation and control engineering technician.


Experiential Learning Opportunities

At Confederation College, the Instrumentation Engineering Technician - Process Automation program is meticulously designed to prepare students for the dynamic field of process automation and instrumentation engineering. Emphasizing practical experience, our program includes an Optional Co-op component, which serves as a cornerstone of our experiential learning approach.

  • Optional Co-op: This valuable component offers students the opportunity to engage in paid work placements, providing a bridge to the professional world. Occurring outside of the academic term, these co-op placements allow students to apply classroom and lab-learned theories and skills in real-world settings. The hands-on experience gained through these placements not only enhances technical knowledge and skills but also fosters professional development, networking, and a deeper understanding of industry expectations and trends.

Participating in a co-op within the Instrumentation Engineering Technician — Process Automation program offers the dual advantage of earning while learning and gaining practical experience that is highly regarded by employers. This direct immersion into the field ensures that our graduates are not just knowledgeable but also adaptable, experienced, and ready to contribute to the advancement of process automation and instrumentation engineering.

Through this experiential learning opportunity, Confederation College aims to equip students with the skills, confidence, and real-world experience needed to excel in their careers and meet the evolving needs of the industry.

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Employment Opportunities

Instrumentation engineering technicians commission, install, calibrate, maintain and repair complex measurement and control systems used in a variety of process control applications. Opportunities exist in the pulp and paper, mining, chemical, petroleum, steel and manufacturing industries; fresh water and waste water management; grain trade; nuclear and thermal generation; biomedical equipment manufacturers; and sales and technical service of instrumentation equipment.

CLICK ... to explore Careers in this field

For graduates of the Instrumentation Engineering Technician — Process Automation program, relevant job roles to search could include:

  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Process Automation Engineer
  • Control Systems Technician
  • Automation Technician
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer
  • PLC Programmer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Automation Specialist

These roles align with the skills and knowledge gained in the program, focusing on instrumentation, process automation, and control systems. 

Tim ten Have

Program Coordinator
(807) 475-6590

Contact our Recruitment Team