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Instrumentation Engineering Technology

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  • 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"
  • 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

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of PASS in the course(s) or program
  • The mark required for a course credit may be higher than that of a passing grade submitted for credit and will depend on rigor and outcome similarity to our course.
  • The 7 year time limit may vary depending on technology changes and outcome retention in the decision of receiving such credit.

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Instrumentation Engineering Technology (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Instrumentation Engineering Technology (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Instrumentation Engineering Technology (IET) is a nationally accredited program that provides a comprehensive course of studies in industrial measurement and control.

With a provincial economy that is largely industrial-based, instrumentation has become an extremely important field. Industries are also becoming increasingly automated to improve productivity, conserve energy, and reduce pollution. This has created a strong demand for trained professionals in the instrumentation technology field across industries ranging from industrial automation and electronics to oil and gas.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program, you can expect to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in instrumentation technology. The program involves detailed studies of the principles and application of pneumatic, electronic, and microcomputer measurement and control systems.

Access to state-of-the-art laboratories and a hands-on approach to learning provide students with job-ready experience.

Skills you will acquire

Over the course of the program, you will learn how to:

  • Apply principles of process control to analyze and optimize the performance of industrial processes.
  • Install and maintain process instruments.
  • Install and maintain analytical instruments and sampling systems.
  • Configure and troubleshoot industrial  controllers.
  • Install, program and troubleshoot industrial controllers.
  • Design and specify measurement, safety and control systems for industrial applications.
  • Use computer hardware and software relevant to instrumentation.
  • Work in a safe and professional manner following regulatory and industry specific work practices.
  • Communicate effectively through written and verbal means.
  • Use tools appropriate to the instrumentation field in a safe and effective matter.
  • Participate as a member of an effective team

Practicum/Co-op/Work Experience

Students may be eligible to participate in a 4 or 8 month co-op placement once they complete all level 1 courses, and before they complete all the level 2 courses. Successful co-op students work in a program-related industry position and gain advanced job-readiness skills. Acceptance into our co-op program is based on successful completion of first term coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

  • Length: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Salary: Determined by participating employers
  • Dates: May to August, January to August, or May to December

For more information about our co-op program, please contact: Mark Erickson, Instructor/Co-op Coordinator at IET-Coop@nait.ca.

Become a trusted professional

Instrumentation Engineering Technology is an extremely versatile career choice. A variety of employment opportunities are open to IET graduates. Many have found employment locally and internationally in a variety of positions, including:

  • instrument design
  • technical sales representatives
  • field engineering technologists
  • maintenance personnel
  • testing and commissioning technologists

Instrumentation is often linked to the oil and gas industry, but jobs also exist in electrical and industrial automation fields.

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for the following professional designations:

  • Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
    Graduates may seek certification through ASET after 2 years of suitable work experience 
  • Professional Technologist (P.Tech) 
    Graduates may seek certification through ASET once further qualifications are met
  • Instrumentation Technician Journeyman
    This certification may be obtained after indentured field expereince and appropriate qualification exams are completed

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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Term 1

CHEM1133Industrial Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHE30. This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Chemistry 20 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers inorganic and organic chemistry concepts. Inorganic topics include: the periodic table, chemical nomenclature, balancing equations, the mole concept, chemical bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, stoichiometry, and corrosion. Organic topics include: an introduction to the structure, classes, properties and potential hazards of organic compounds. In addition, overviews of chemical processes selected from Alberta Industry are studied.

ELEC1130Electrical I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Math 30-1 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers electrical AC and DC Circuits. Topics covered: circuit element definitions, Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, Kirchhoff's Current Law, Resistive voltage and current dividers, independent sources, time domain behavior of inductance and capacitance, energy storage, sinusoidal signals, complex numbers, phasor and impedance concepts.

INST1110Process Measurements I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Physics 20 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course teaches troubleshooting and commissioning of mechanical instruments, pneumatic instruments, and pressure transmitters. Core topics include instrumentation terminology, standards, accuracy, pressure fundamentals, pressure standards, link & levers, pressure to force converters, baffle-nozzle, transmitters, pressure transducers, dp level calculations, and pressure transmitter configuration/calibration.

INST1120Industrial Practices
  • Open Studies: Available

Use appropriate tools to install, service and commission transmitters, and valves. Topics include: safety practices, pipe bending, pipe fittings, mounting brackets, fasteners, valve bodies & actuators, valve positioners & accessories, bench set, control valve setup/calibration, fluid power symbols & operation and instrument air supply systems.

MATH1155Technical Mathematics and Calculus I
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Math 30-1 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is for Instrumentation Engineering Technology students. In this course we will identify the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling students to solve problems and manipulate equations involving algebra, transcendental functions, and derivatives. Prerequisite: Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or equivalent.

PHYS1160Physics for Instrumentation
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Physics 20 and Math 30-1 or equivalent(s) are recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Basic physical principles, laws and mathematical relationships relating to basic mechanics, optics and fluids. Topics include unit conversions, translational and rotational motion, Hooke's Law, conservation of energy and momentum, electromagnetic radiation, waves, refraction and reflection, density, gas laws, ideal and real gas laws, compressibility, partial pressures, dynamic and kinematic viscosity, conservation of energy, Bernoulli's equation, conservation of mass, rate of flow in pipes, Reynolds number, conduction, convection and radiation of thermal energy, thermal conductivity, and thermal resistance.

Term 2

CNTR1270Basic Process Control
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: INST1110. Co-requisite: MATH1255. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course identifies the operation of industrial controllers and the characteristics of industrial processes. Topics include: feedback control loop block diagram, PID, offset, reset-windup, process transfer functions, frequency response, Bode plots, and configuration of a SLDC.

CPSC1240Introduction to Programming
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will cover the basics of digital electronics and programming to solve problems. Topics include: logic symbols, Boolean algebra, number systems, codes, addressing, registers, I/O instructions, IF statements, case statements, loop instructions, functions, arrays, and data types/structures.

ELEC1230Electrical II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ELEC1130. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Basics of semiconductors, how electrical power is distributed, and the control of motors. Topics include: semiconductor devices, single & three phase power, transformers, DC motors, AC motors, power generation, Delta & Wye configurations, contactors, motor starters, VSD, and UPS.c

INST1210Process Measurements II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: INST1110. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Troubleshoot and commission instruments used for level, temperature and differential pressure flow meters. Topics include: loop wiring, transmitter types, I/P, barriers, floats, displacers, ultrasonic level, capacitance level, radar level, RTD's, thermocouples, pyrometers, flame sensors, dp flow primary elements, and dp flow calculations.

INST1260Introduction to Unit Operations
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: PHYS1160. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines basic operation of selected industrial units and equipment. Topics include: fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer applied to: boilers, heat exchangers, turbines, pumps, compressors, evaporators, condensers, distillation, absorption, adsorption units and separators.

MATH1255Calculus II and Statistics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MATH1155. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This is a course for Instrumentation Engineering Technology students, developing the concepts of calculus, enabling the student to solve problems and manipulate equations involving differentiation and integration of common algebraic and transcendental functions. Simple differential equations and Laplace and Fourier transforms are also discussed. Students will also acquire knowledge of introductory statistics.

Term 3

CMTC2341Data Communications
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CPSC1240. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Assess the movement of digital information in industry. Topics include: transmission media, serial communication, networking devices, the Open System Interconnection (OSI) layered network architecture, the TCP/IP protocol suite and network security.

CNTR2370Intermediate Process Control
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CNTR1270. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Analyze and implement control strategies to improve loop stability, protect equipment & personnel, and minimize disturbances. Topics include: stability, tuning, non-linearity, non-symmetry, excessive dead time, cascade, and selective control.

INST2310Process Measurements III
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CNTR1270, INST1210. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Troubleshoot and commission instruments used for flow, density and storage vessel measurement. Assess technical and regulatory requirements and uncertainty for industrial measurement. Topics include: turbines, vortex meters, magnetic flow meters, ultrasonic flow meters, PD meters, mass flow meters, flow computers, Millar & AGA #3, flow proving, densitometers, hydrostatic tank gauging, radar tank gauging, strapping tables, random error, systematic error, confidence intervals, student T's, and measurement systems.

INST2340Industrial Programming
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CPSC1240. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Configure and commission industrial computers to control a process using the 1131 standard. Topics include: PLC's & RTU's, I/O wiring, ladder logic, function block, structured text, and sequential function chart.

INST2360Instrumentation Engineering I
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: INST1260. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines the operation of selected industrial processes and use of engineering tools and technical documents in instrumentation. Students will learn to identify the key operation parameters of the major industrial processes, apply project management techniques, create engineering drawings, and apply research skills and technical writing fundamentals to produce technical documents. Topics include: oil refining and upgrading, natural gas processing, power generation, pulp & paper operations, computer aided drafting, team building, project life cycle, project scheduling, technical writing and professional communications.

INST2380Introduction to Analyzers
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM1133. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Describe general analyzer terminology and calibration methods. Describe and assess health and safety legislation, workplace safety, safe work practices and protective equipment. Assess, calibrate, and validate industrial analyzers used to measure: hazardous gases, fire signature, water quality, and physical properties. Discuss mass spectrometry techniques and applications.

Term 4

CNTR2470Advanced Process Control
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CNTR2370. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Design and implement advanced control strategies to deal with excessive process disturbances and complex industrial processes. Configure a DCS and test an SIS system. Topics include: feed forward, ratio, fuzzy logic, compressor control, boiler control, SAMA, burner management, distillation control, decoupling, modeling, interlocks, SIS & SIL, HAZOP, and LOPA.

INST2440System Integration
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: INST2340, CMTC2341. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Configuration and operation of Control systems. Topics include: HART, Foundation Fieldbus, DeviceNet, MODBUS, Ethernet, SCADA, DCS, HMI scripting, tag databases, historical databases, and OPC.

INST2450Technical Communications
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: INST2460. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Research, preparation & presentation of a formal technical report related to instrumentation.

INST2460Instrumentation Engineering II
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELEC1230, INST1120, INST2310, INST2360. Co-requisites: INST2480, MATE2453, INST2440, CNTR2470. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Design, select instruments and valves for an industrial project. Use project management techniques, in a team, to create an instrumentation engineering package. Topics include: project costing, code of ethics, contracts, computer aided drafting, specification of instruments, schedules, and drawings.

INST2480Advanced Analyzers
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: INST2380. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Assess, calibrate, and validate industrial analyzer systems used for air quality, moisture, stack emissions, vibration, and composition of a process stream. Topics include: analyzer performance and uncertainty, sample handling system components and design, fluorescence, chemiluminescence, Beer's law, UV & IR detectors, humidity, chromatography, oxygen wet & dry measurements, proximity probes, and accelerometers.

MATE2453Instrumentation Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Physics 20 and Chemistry 20 or equivalent(s) are recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

An introduction to materials, mechanical properties, destructive & non-destructive testing, and corrosion mechanism for evaluating materials to be used in instrumentation applications. Topics include: metallurgy, strength of materials, hardness, cold-working, heat treating, welding affects, and hydrogen embrittlement.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $2,200
Level 1 Term 2: $2,200
Level 2 Term 1: $800
Level 2 Term 2: $800

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

OR

  • Successful completion of the following program courses via Open Studies with a minimum GPA of 2.0:
  1. CHEM1133 Industrial Chemistry
  2. INST1110 Process Measurements I
  3. ELEC1130 Electrical I
  4. MATH1155 Technical Mathematics and Calculus
  5. PHYS1160 Physics for Instrumentation

OR

  • Successful completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits within an accredited or recognized engineering degree or diploma with an Admission GPA of 2.0 based on the most recently completed post-secondary credits.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

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