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Apprenticeship

Instrumentation and Control Technician

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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

At NAIT, instrumentation and control technician apprentices get hands-on training in well-equipped industrial instrumentation and process labs. You will work on diverse equipment, including pneumatic, electronic and microcomputer-based instruments used to measure and control industrial plant processes. This training develops the problem-solving skills and competencies needed to work safely and efficiently in increasingly automated industries.

NAIT has been delivering the Instrumentation and Control Technician (formerly Instrument Technician) apprentice program since 1969.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Instrumentation and Control Technician program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.

As a student in NAIT's Instrumentation and Control Technician program, you will have access to our state-of-the-art Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Technology, which features modern classrooms and study spaces, and a number of technical labs and simulated systems.

Classroom & Study Hours

Students can expect to spend, on average

  • 30 hours per week in classrooms and labs
  • 30 hours per week studying outside of class time

What's in an apprenticeship education?

Apprenticeship training for Communication Technicians is post-secondary education designed to provide Alberta with a steady supply of highly skilled employees.

Apprenticeship involves a combination of on-the-job training as an employee of a participating employer, and technical training at NAIT. The term of apprenticeship for a Communication Technician is 4 years. The four 12-month periods include:

  • A minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training for each year under the supervision of a certified journeyperson or qualified Communications Technician tradesperson
  • 6 weeks during each of the first 3 years and 8 weeks in the fourth year of technical training, which includes learning the theory, hands-on skills and technologies of the trade

Each period of technical training concludes with an apprenticeship board examination that requires a passing grade of 70% to continue to the next year. 

Learn more about the apprenticeship periods of this program

 

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Enter the workforce with confidence

With industry becoming increasingly automated, instrumentation and control technicians are needed virtually anywhere there are control and metering systems, such as in:

  • pulp and paper processing
  • hydro power generation
  • mining, petrochemical and natural gas
  • industrial and commercial manufacturing
  • industrial construction
  • industrial instrument servicing

Experienced instrumentation and control technicians may advance to supervisory positions, be employed as engineering technicians or move into company sales offices.

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit:

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Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)

General program information

 

General apprenticeship information

(For more on job duties, enrolment/registration, training locations, policies and procedures in Alberta.)

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training

  • Phone: 1.800.248.4823
  • Fax: 780.422.3734

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Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

The instrumentation and control technician apprenticeship term is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including

  • a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in period 1 and 2
  • a minimum of 1,425 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training in periods 3 and 4

Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety, shop practices, theory and laboratory, electrical theory and safety, basic measurements and calibration, final control elements and related applied physics and mathematics.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in measurement instruments, control instruments, electrical and digital fundamentals, process equipment and energy systems.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in electronic instrument loops, measurement, physical properties, process analyzers and process control.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 10 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in advanced process control, communication, control systems, process analyzers, maintenance and workplace coaching skills.

Tuition cap: $980.00 

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books and supplies: $520.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $134.88
  • Athletic fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books and supplies: $475.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $134.88
  • Athletic fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books and supplies: $500.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $151.88
  • Athletic fee: $47.00

Period 4

  • Tuition: $980.00
  • Books and supplies: $500.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $151.88
  • Athletic fee: $47.00

Additional information

Get information on refund policies and parking on the Apprenticeship Fees and Expenses page.

Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Note for International Students and Newcomers:

The Alberta Apprenticeship is a training program that is limited to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Temporary visa holders (such as those participating in the Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWPP)) do NOT meet the eligibility requirements and are not able to register through the online apprenticeship registration system. 

Please contact Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training if you have any questions.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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