Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Instrumentation and Control Technician

Instrumentation and control technicians (industrial instrument mechanics) install, repair, maintain and adjust instruments used to measure and control industrial processes such as pulp and paper manufacturing and petrochemical production. These types of instruments are typically used for controlling factors such as the flow of gases or liquidstemperature of materials or stages of a processpressure maintained during a process-level of a material used or created during a process.

Foundation

Computers and associated software will be highly emphasized in the program recognizing the advancement of computer controlled systems in both the electrical and instrumentation trade.

Trades persons in the instrumentation trade are employed by maintenance departments of factories, mines, mills, ship yards, petrochemical and many other industrial enterprises.

Course length: approximately 21 weeks
Education requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English 12
  • Mathematics 11 with good Algebra skills (equivalent to Applications of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11)
  • Strongly recommended Physics 11 with a C+ or better (67%)
  • Placement on the Entry Assessment Test for English at an 060 level 
  • Placement on the Entry Assessment Test for Math at an 060 level
General requirements
  • Students are required to supply their own approved safety glasses and boots

Apprenticeship

TRU offers the first level of apprenticeship for this program. Subsequent levels can be taken at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John or BCIT in Burnaby.