Instrumentation and Control Technician

As an instrumentation and control technician (formerly known as an industrial instrument mechanic) you’ll build, calibrate, commission, program and maintain industrial control systems. Positions are needed in virtually all industrial enterprises, where you’ll be responsible for installing instruments to monitor various process parameters like temperature, pressure and flow—used by a programmed controller to command final control elements, such as valves and motors, to meet process specifications.

Instrumentation and Control Technician Foundation Program

Our Foundation program includes level 1 apprenticeship training plus additional technical and hands-on experience that will provide the necessary skills to work as an apprentice in this trade.

What you'll learn

  • How to program Programmable Logic Controllers (industrial computers) using Ladder Logic and Instruction List programming languages.
  • How to develop and build industrial control circuits.
  • How to disassemble, repair and rebuild valves, regulators, actuators and other components; and calibrate various instruments.
Instrumentation room
Student working with instrumentation
Instrument panel

What makes TRU’s program unique

  • New facilities in TRU’s Industrial Training and Technology Centre including an electrical and electronics lab, calibration and valve lab, programming lab, and process control lab fitted with a full-class set of sophisticated Pignat process-control trainers.
  • Access to a unique collection of real and functional processes, including a multi-fuel power plant with DeltaV DCS, a pilot water treatment facility with SCADA and a waste water treatment facility.
  • Because facilities and equipment are new and state-of-the-art, students learn and train on equipment actually used in the field.

What you'll graduate with

  • Instrumentation and Control Technician Foundation Certificate of Completion
  • The in-school technical training for apprenticeship level 1
  • 325 hours of work-based training towards apprenticeship

Program 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
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Next program intakes

February 1, 2021 - June 25, 2021

Program length

Approximately 21 weeks


Instumentation and Control Technician

Apprenticeship provides Instrumentation and Control Technician certification through work-based training and in-school technical training. Employers sponsor students for the work-based training and TRU offers the in-school technical training for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your apprenticeship.

Each level consists of 10 weeks of on-campus training. Once you’ve completed all four levels and the required work-based hours, you’ll receive an Instrumentation and Control Technician Certificate of Apprenticeship and qualify to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam for your Certificate of Qualification.

Program cost

The in-school technical training costs are based on the number of weeks you need, with each apprenticeship level requiring 10 weeks. Contact us for more rates.

  • 10 weeks: $1,276.56

Program requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer registered by the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

I-MECH - Level 1 Mar 22, 2021 May 28, 2021  Kamloops
I-MECH - Level 2 May 31, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 Kamloops
I-MECH - Level 3 Jan 04, 2021 Mar 12, 2021 Kamloops 
I-MECH - Level 4 Sep 28, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Kamloops
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Costs for Instrumentation and Control Technician programs

Fees are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

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