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Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology

Available at: Kingston


Note: This program has been suspended for the Fall 2020 intake.

Concerned about robots and machines taking your job?  Learn to control and maintain those machines in the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician/Technology programs at St. Lawrence College.

Few colleges in Ontario offer an Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology program and the workforce with these skills is shrinking due to retirements. As a result demand for these skills is high and continues to grow stronger every year.


Hands On: The program is practical and hands-on. Core subject areas have approximately a 2:1 ratio of lab hours to theory hours. Students will be working with the equipment found in the industry. The program provides students with a sound knowledge of process measurement and control theory. They will be trained to work in the modern team-oriented organization with emphasis on productive interaction with peers.

Flexibility: The program accommodates high school graduates, mature students making a career change and post-graduate students wishing to acquire practical skills. Students enrolled in the two-year technician program may, upon graduation, transfer directly into the more rigorous and theoretical third year and earn a technology diploma.

Job Satisfaction: Control systems are the brains behind the devices that produce everyday goods and keep our environment and utilities safe. Jobs are found in municipal waste and water utilities, building environment controls as well as assembly and manufacturing. In control systems, different tasks and problem solving are performed daily. Our graduates have told us; “You never do the same thing twice”. The control systems field is continuously evolving.

Technologists will often work with equipment in a complete system, ensuring that the individual devices work as a unit. Technologists have a greater theoretical understanding of control systems, communications, programming and technical project planning, allowing them to become involved in engineering design, as well as device and system specification.

Apprenticeship Preparedness: Technician or Technology graduates who enter apprenticeship programs will have sufficient academic credentials to satisfy the in-school requirements of these programs. Therefore graduates of this program may choose to challenge the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities exam for Instrumentation and Control Technician certification.

Co-operative Education Opportunities: Both the technician and technologist programs now offer co-operative education opportunities – depending on availability of positions. These paid work­place educational opportunities will expand as we cultivate more co-op positions with other firms.

Co-op opportunities occur during a four month summer term after the second and fourth semesters and/or a full year term between the fifth and sixth semesters. The number of co-op positions available each year is not predefined. Students are able to apply for positions posted by various indus­trial firms and government agencies through­out the year. These opportunities give our students valuable on-the-job experience, financial help with their educational costs and enhanced employment possibilities.

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Program Name

Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books, electronic kits and supplies:
First year: Fall: $1,000; Winter: $400
Second year: Fall: $400; Winter: $200
Third year: Fall: $300; Winter: $100

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation, from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
IETT 110 Technical Communications
IETT 111 Instrumentation Foundations
IETT 410 Electronic DC Fundamentals
MATH 2 Basic Technical Mathematics
IETT 210 Digital Systems and Microcontrollers
IETT 200 Health and Safety

Semester 2
IETT 121 Pressure and Temperature Measurement
IETT 301 Micro Controller Projects
IETT 321 Programmable Logic Controllers 1
IETT 421 Electronic Devices
MATH 7 Technical Mathematics
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
IETT 122 Level and Flow Measurement
IETT 311 Pneumatic Systems and Control
IETT 430 AC Fundamentals
IETT 622 AutoCAD for Control Systems
IETT 631 Computer Interfacing and Communications
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4
IETT 123 Practical Process Control
IETT 322 Programmable Logic Controllers 2
IETT 431 Power Distribution and Motors
IETT 523 Process Systems
WRIT 42 Technical Writing
GENE General Education Course

Semester 5
IETT 131 Advanced Process Control
IETT 422 Analog Integrated Circuits
IETT 532 Robotic and Automation Systems
MATH 20 Basic Calculus
IETT 423 Placement Prep
IETT 400 Capstone 1

Semester 6
IETT 441 Power Systems
IETT 531 Distributed Control Systems
IETT 941 Workplace Experience
WRIT 302 Technical Report Writing
IETT 500 Capstone 2

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level (or MCR3U);  MCT4C Recommended
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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Program Contact

Julie Cruickshank

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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