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Instrumentation and Control Technician

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Instrumentation and control technicians install, maintain and repair the measuring and control devices used in industrial and commercial processing.

Instrumentation and control technicians work with a wide variety of pneumatic, electronic and microcomputer devices used to measure and control pressure, flow, temperature, level, motion, force, and chemical composition.

In general, they:

  • consult manufacturers' manuals to determine test and maintenance procedures,
  • use pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices to inspect and test instrument and system operation, and diagnose faults,
  • practice loss management principles,
  • consult with and advise process operators,
  • train apprentices,
  • repair, maintain and adjust system components or remove and replace defective parts,
  • conduct risk assessments,
  • calibrate and maintain components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications,
  • work with engineers on basic designs,
  • install and maintain instruments on new or existing plant equipment and processes, and
  • interpret and use appropriate CSA, ISA and API installation standards and practices.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for instrumentation and control technicians is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in the first and second years, and a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of technical training in the third and fourth years.
  • The entrance requirements for this trade require completion of an Alberta high school diploma that includes English 20-2, Math 30-3, Physics 30 and Chemistry 30, or equivalent, or pass the entrance exam.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
Trade Qualifier
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

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Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.