School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Instrumentation Engineering Technology

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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.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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Industry-approved instrumentation and automation training

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: Asad Iqbal or Craig McKellar, Instructors/Co-op Coordinators at IET-Coop@nait.ca.

Instrumentation Engineering Automation Careers

What does an Instrumentation Engineering Technologist do?

Graduates from the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program can work for engineering firms, automation equipment and services providers, building automation and HVAC, power, gas, and water utilities, manufacturing and processing plants, energy producers and mining companies. They can easily transition from one industry to another, and find employment both locally and internationally in a variety of positions:

  • instrumentation & controls designer
  • automated systems specialist
  • control systems integrator 
  • PLC/HMI programmer
  • application engineering technologist
  • technical sales
  • testing and commissioning technologist
  • field service technologist
  • maintenance planner
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Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Instrumentation 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 experience and appropriate qualification exams are completed

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (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

Bachelor of Technology

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

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, 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 C 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)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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