Instrumentation and Control Technician

Attention electricians

Are you a red seal qualified graduate electrician looking to further your career? Are you interested in instrumentation? Great idea! Electrician, combined with an instrumentation and control technician red seal, is in high demand. We have good news. TRU is now recognizing your previous learning and experience and has put together an accelerated program that reduces the time to get your instrumentation accreditation from 40 weeks to 30 weeks. That’s equivalent to saving a whole year.

What you need to do
  • Register with SkilledTradesBC as an instrumentation apprentice.
  • Apply to the instrumentation and control technician apprenticeship program at TRU.
  • Request a previous learning assessment. As an accomplished electrician, you will be granted advanced standing status in the program.

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
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER
General requirements
  • Students are required to supply their own approved safety glasses and boots
How to apply
for this foundation program
SkilledTradesBC profile
for this trade
Job search
for this trade


Next program intakes

Sep 3, 2024 to Feb 7, 2025

Sep 2, 2025 to Feb 6, 2026

Program length

21 weeks


Instrumentation 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 requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer registered by SkilledTradesBC
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

(updated weekly)
Instrumentation and Control Technician - Level 4January 6, 2025March 14, 2025KamloopsAvailable
Instrumentation and Control Technician - Level 1March 24, 2025May 30, 2025KamloopsAvailable
Instrumentation and Control Technician - Level 3June 9, 2025August 15, 2025KamloopsAvailable
Instrumentation and Control Technician - Level 2October 6, 2025December 12, 2025KamloopsAvailable
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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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