Instrumentation Engineering Technology


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Instrumentation Engineering Technology is a crucial field that has played a significant role in the automation of industries and businesses around the world. Instrumentation engineering technologists are helping to develop new systems and technologies that enable businesses to improve productivity and safety, conserve energy and reduce pollution.

As a student in our two-year diploma program, you’ll gain access to our state-of-the-art instrumentation facility, recreating what you would find in industry to help you learn in the classroom. You will also learn how to use a variety of tools and technologies including sensors, controllers and software to create sophisticated systems that can monitor and control multiple variables in real-time.

A career in instrumentation engineering technology offers many career opportunities ranging from industrial automation and advanced manufacturing to natural resources extraction and environmental monitoring. As industries continue to invest in automation, the demand for skilled professionals is only going to grow.

Upcoming Intakes

Select your preferred intake to see relevant program information. Program details, including tuition and course information, may vary by intake.

Selection Start Date Delivery Mode Time Campus Length Domestic Status International Status
Sep. 03, 2024 (Fall) In-person Weekdays - Daytime Main 2 Years (Full-time) Open Limited
  Jan. 08, 2025 (Winter) In-person Weekdays - Daytime Main 2 Years (Full-time) Open Open

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Delivery Mode

  • In-person - All your class activity will be delivered in person, on campus.
  • Online - All your class activity will be delivered online.
  • Hybrid - Your classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning. You must be able to come to campus and participate remotely online.
  • Your choice - Your program offers a variety of class delivery options (in person, online, or a mixture of both) and you can select which type of classes to take. If you wish, you can complete your entire program either in-person or online.
  • HyFlex - All your classes are delivered for simultaneous participation in person and online. You can choose daily to attend your classes in person or join remotely online.


  • Your choice - You can select class times and days that fit your schedule. There are a variety of class options for you to choose from including daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends.
  • No set time - No set class days or times, content is access on-demand. You can complete your studies on your own schedule within the scheduled class dates; may have set due dates and deadlines.
  • Evenings & Weekends - Classes are scheduled after 5 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
  • Weekdays - Daytime - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, before 5 p.m.
  • Weekdays - Evening - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, after 5 p.m.
  • Weekends - Classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.


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  • Full-Time - This is the standard length to complete the program, with a full course load per term.
  • Part-Time - Students follow a structured schedule of classes so they can progress in their studies part-time while balancing everyday life.

Domestic Status

The program availability status for domestic applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

International Status

The program availability status for international applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

Credit programs that accept international applicants also meet the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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

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Career Outcomes

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

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Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

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.

Scholarships & Awards



Moominah Ali

Graduation Year: 2023

I love my career as an Instrument Technician because every day is different. One day, I might be in the field working on valves, transmitters, or analyzers, and the next day, I'm delving into DCS components and logic troubleshooting. This exposure helps me determine my future specialization.

I highly recommend NAIT’s Instrumentation Engineering Technology program because it's in high demand. NAIT's strong reputation and impressive graduate employment rate speak for themselves. The approachable instructors offer guidance in both coursework and professional development, and the hands-on learning is invaluable for future success.

The program prepared me for my career through hands-on laboratories that simulate industry conditions and technologies. With experienced instructors providing real-world insights, I gained the knowledge and skills needed for success.


Kadeem Miller

Graduation Year: 2023

NAIT’s IET program is truly exceptional and I wholeheartedly recommend the program to anyone considering a career in instrumentation engineering technology. This program uniquely combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. In the classroom, you absorb essential concepts and witness them in action in our labs, making learning practical and relevant. The program's comprehensive coverage of various instrumentation fields ensures there's something for everyone, with many employment opportunities in today's job market.

My favourite aspect of the program has to be the incredible instructors and the small class sizes. The instructors at NAIT are not just educators but mentors genuinely invested in your success. Their unwavering support and commitment to your growth make the Spartan Building feel like a place where you can thrive. Whenever I've encountered challenges or needed clarification on a concept, reaching out to the instructors has always been met with a warm and helpful response.

As someone who entered NAIT unsure of my future path, I can attest to the transformative power of this institution. NAIT has equipped me with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue a rewarding career in instrumentation engineering technology. It's a decision I'll always be grateful for, and I encourage prospective students to explore the wealth of opportunities that await them at NAIT

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