Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology

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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. Concerned you may be unemployed in a pandemic? Learn a skill that will keep you employed.

“Instrumentation describes the control, maintenance, and design of any process. It is the practice of calibration, control, design, electric hookup, and programming.” Urban Dictionary

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.

Program Details

Code 0730
Start Date January, September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 3 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

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 a modern team-oriented organization with an 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. Upon graduation, students enrolled in the two-year technician program may 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.

Program Outline


Technical Communications is a foundational course designed to equip students with the essential skills necessary for effective communication in technical and professional settings. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, students will learn various communication strategies, including written, oral, and visual communication techniques tailored specifically for technical contexts. Leveraging Office 365 software applications, students will integrate tools such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams to enhance their communication skills and streamline collaborative projects. By the end of the course, students will have developed the proficiency to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely to diverse audiences using digital platforms.

This course covers the core principles and operations of algebra and trigonometry, including linear, quadratic, and trigonometric functions, graphs, and equations. Emphasis is placed on developing fluency and conceptual understanding through practice, preparing students for further studies in applied mathematics, fostering both fluency and conceptual depth through interactive learning experiences.

Electrical Fundamentals is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of electrical theory, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and design basic electrical circuits. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical applications, students will explore key topics including atomic structure, static electricity, sources of Electromotive Force (EMF), batteries, simple electrical circuits, conventional and electron flow, as well as the principles of voltage, current, resistance, work, power, and energy. Emphasis will be placed on developing a solid understanding of these concepts through hands-on experiments, problem-solving exercises, and real-world applications, laying the groundwork for Electrical Fundamentals 2. 

Code and Drawing is a foundational first-year college course that immerses students in the fundamental principles of electrical code and technical drawing techniques. Through an integrated curriculum, students will explore the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and other relevant regulations, gaining an understanding of their application in system design and installation within Canada. Additionally, students will develop proficiency in technical drawing, focusing on creating precise schematics, diagrams, and plans that adhere to code requirements. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting the CEC, applying it to design solutions, and effectively communicating electrical system layouts through detailed drawings. 

This course focuses on applying safety rules outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act while performing installation procedures for electrical devices, cables, and conduits. Students gain hands-on experience wiring residential, signal, and relay circuits, and learn to produce single-line wiring diagrams and lab reports. By the end of the course, students will have acquired the knowledge and practical experience necessary to safely and effectively install electrical systems, preparing them for real-world applications in industry.

Renewable Energy is a foundational course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy technologies, their applications, and their role in addressing global energy challenges. Students learn energy and power fundamentals and the units of measurement required to work with energy and power data. The course provides an overview of Renewable Energy Systems including solar, wind, hydro, tidal, bimass, solar thermal and heat pumps. Learners develop the mathematical skills to work with energy data through laboratory exercises. Students explore the history electricity generation and the impacts of such systems used in societies throughout the world.

Data Literacy and Network Communications is an introductory course designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of data concepts and network communications in the context of modern information systems. This course aims to develop students' ability to interpret, analyze, and communicate data effectively, while also exploring the fundamentals of network communications and their role in data transmission and exchange. Through theoretical knowledge and hands-on exercises, students will gain practical skills essential for navigating the data-rich environments of today's interconnected world.

Expanding on the principles of Electrical Fundamentals 1, this course is designed to deepen students' understanding of electrical theory and expand their skills in analyzing and designing electrical systems. Building upon the foundational knowledge acquired in the previous course, students delve into topics including power generation (conventional and renewable), magnetic induction, capacitance, and voltage/current in relation to time, and semiconductor theory. Through a combination of theoretical learning and hands-on experiments, students explore the behavior of semiconductor devices, gain proficiency in circuit analysis methods, and learn to design and troubleshoot electrical generation, distribution, and storage systems. Emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through challenging projects and real-world applications, preparing students for careers in the electrical field.

Code, Prints, and AutoCAD is a course focusing on electrical design, building upon foundational knowledge introduced in the previous course, code and drawing. Through a blend of theoretical learning and hands-on exercises, students deepen their understanding of electrical codes, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), and learn technical drawing skills using AutoCAD software. Students also learn to interpret construction drawings and specifications, enhancing their ability to create precise schematics and plans. By the end of the course, students are proficient in using AutoCAD to produce designs that comply with industry standards, preparing them for roles in various sectors.

Electromechanical Systems is an introductory course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, components, and applications of electromechanical systems in various disciplines. This course integrates fundamental concepts from electrical engineering and mechanical engineering to analyze, design, and control systems that involve the interaction of electrical and mechanical components.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to instrumentation systems. Students will learn common terminology, measurement units for pressure and temperature, and conversion between temperature scales. Topics include Thermocouples, Thermistors, and Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD), as well as deformation elements and accuracy assessment of pressure measuring equipment. Industrial pressure sensors, instrumentation symbols, and principles of measuring physical parameters such as pressure, temperature, flow, level, speed, and vibration will be covered. Additionally, students will explore concepts of measurement accuracy, error, data collection, presentation, and feedback control, with practical experience in computerized data collection labs.

Introduction to Electronics is a foundational course designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of electronics. Through a combination of theoretical learning and hands-on practical experiences, students will explore key concepts including basic logic gates, the standard resistor color code, semiconductor diodes, opto-couplers, and transistor switches and amplifiers. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to identify, explain, and apply these basic electronic fundamentals in both theoretical and practical environments. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of electronic components and their applications, laying the groundwork for further studies in electronics and related fields.

Workplace practices offers students foundational training for various technical professions, focusing on safety requirements and proper utilization of tools and equipment in a professional environment. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical applications, students gain comprehensive knowledge of industry-specific practices necessary for a safe and efficient workplace. Topics covered include identifying and implementing safety protocols, understanding hazard assessments, and correctly using personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, students will learn to identify, select, use, and maintain tools and equipment. This course equips students with skills essential for success in their field and fosters a culture of safety and professionalism in the workplace.

Wind Turbine Systems is a foundational course that introduces students to the principles, technologies, and applications of wind energy. Students will explore the design, operation, and maintenance of wind turbine systems, with a focus on understanding the conversion of wind energy into electricity. Through theoretical learning and practical exercises, students will examine topics such as wind turbine components, power generation, environmental impacts, and integration into electrical grids. Emphasis will be placed on developing a holistic understanding of wind energy systems and their role in sustainable energy production. Additionally, students will explore current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the wind energy industry. This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the field of wind energy for students pursuing studies in renewable energy, engineering, environmental science, and related disciplines.

This course is an in-depth study of level and flow measurement systems. It covers the theory and mathematics relating to the conversion of parameters to instrumentation signals and the selection of appropriate equipment for a given application. In laboratory projects, students install, connect, investigate, calibrate, and repair a variety of sensors and related equipment used in typical industrial applications.

Prerequisite(s): IETT121

This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of pneumatic systems. Topics include compressors, accumulators, driers, filters, pumps, relief valves, regulating valves, control valves and other related components. In addition, pneumatic process control valves, control valve sizing, and other process control pneumatic components are investigated. Students are introduced to electro-pneumatic devices and control systems.

Prerequisite(s): IETT121 + IETT321

This course introduces vectors and the complex number system, including conversions between polar and rectangular forms. Fundamental statistical concepts are introduced to inform technical evaluation. Students manipulate and solve exponential and logarithmic functions in order to apply in technical lab and theory. The course concludes with an introduction to differential and integral calculus.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2

In this course, students learn the fundamentals of digital circuits, number systems, and microcontrollers. Students configure, construct and troubleshoot a variety of circuits and develop associated microcontroller programs. Concepts and applications of computer programming languages are explored. Students employ theoretical and applied knowledge to combine microcontrollers, various sensors, and mechanical systems to achieve specific tasks.

This course introduces Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). Students explore fundamental elements of PLC hardware and interconnection, using simulations software and real hardware. Students gain experience in programming a PLC, including Ladder Logic. Students translate and implement control requirements into PLC programs. Knowledge and skills are developed through a mix of theory and lab components.

Prerequisite(s): IETT410 + IETT 210

This course provides students with an understanding of the automatic feedback control loop and the various modes of control that can be used to accomplish a regulated output. Students study control objectives, quality, stability, and tuning methods and procedures. Electronic and computer-based controllers are studied along with the necessary circuits and algorithms. Practical lab projects require students to connect electronic and computer based controllers to a variety of typical industrial systems, record system behaviour with computerized data collection equipment, tune process loops to achieve optimum control, and troubleshoot control systems.

Prerequisite(s): IETT122

This course is an advanced level study of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).  Students gain skills with advanced elements of PLC hardware and interconnection.  The student gains extensive experience in programming a PLC using various applicable programming languages.  The student enhances skills in converting control requirements into PLC programs and implementing the programs through PLCs and associated Human Machine Interfaces (HMI).

Prerequisite(s): IETT321

This course is designed to introduce the student to heavier power circuits and devices. Course topics include working safely with high voltage; power generation and motors; transformation and distribution; switching and protection; electrical code and wiring conventions; and circuit documentation and interpretation. The course will be presented from the perspective of providing the necessary background for effective machine and process control design, troubleshooting and maintenance.

Prerequisite(s): IETT430 + IETT321

In this course, students explore ways of communicating technical information to laypersons and to specialist readers using standard professional formats. Particular emphasis is placed on research methods and formats, and job search materials and skills. Assessments and discussions emphasize effective collaboration, audience analysis, appropriate formats and tone, clarity of communication, and the mechanics of correct syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Attention is also given to general reading, writing, editing, and to developing strategies for communicating and collaborating with industry professionals.

Prerequisite(s): IETT110

In this course, students explore how multiple process systems are combined within facilities to achieve a specific goal. Using a case study approach, typical industrial systems are explored such as electrical generation, distillation, and air conditioning. Further topics may include process separation and purification methods, heat exchangers, pump and valve types and characteristics, and process analyzer types. Students consolidate their learning in the context of a real-world facility, identifying and discussing various common industrial processes and their component make-up. Students supplement their learning through self-directed study of topics related to processes used in the case study.

This course introduces students to the history and fundamentals of data communication and computer interfacing. The OSI 7-layer model is introduced and various communications standards are investigated including serial communications standards, Ethernet, and Wifi. Unique aspects of industrial networks are explored. Networking topologies and interconnection equipment such as switches, routers, and bridges are investigated. The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things are investigated. Cybersecurity for networked control systems is also explored.

Prerequisite(s): IETT 210

In this course, students determine dynamic properties of control systems elements; determine transfer functions of first, second order, and dead-time systems; and select Proportional Integral and Derivative (PID) algorithms on basis of dynamic system analysis and response. More advanced control algorithms and topics including cascade, feed-forward and ratio control. Practical laboratory projects require that students analyze components and systems mathematically, simulate process systems, select appropriate control strategies, and evaluate the quality of control.

Prerequisite(s): IETT 123.

In this course, students design, build, and analyze a variety of integrated analog circuits, using OPAMPS, for multiple applications including inverting and non-inverting amplifiers; sensor and control systems signal conditioning; I/V and V/I converters; control systems amplifiers; output drivers and current boosters; and oscillators and timers. Emphasis is placed on computer simulation and laboratory experimentation to support systematic trouble shooting, repair, and circuit design.

Prerequisite(s): IETT430

The course centers on industrial robots and integrating and interfacing with complementary control systems. This course also acts as an advanced Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) class. Students explore how PLCs interact with robotic control systems and related equipment to perform useful automated tasks typical of what would be found in the industry.

Prerequisite(s): IETT431 + IETT322

In this course students study techniques and applications of calculus in preparation for use in the field. Students develop and practice algebra skills using several methods of differentiation and integration that they can employ in the industry. Topics include geometric series, limits, and trigonometric identities.

In this course, students lay the foundation for their final capstone project. Students explore and select possible topics and develop a proposal for their project that includes a scope, a work plan, and progress reports. Students begin to build prototypes, proofs of concept, and/or elements of their final project that will enable them to complete their project during the second Capstone course. An emphasis is placed on developing and applying foundational project management skills in an experiential context. Students may engage with community partners to develop their projects in a real-world environment.

Prerequisite(s): WRIT42

In this course, students complete key placement preparation documentation and certifications. Students develop career-readiness skills, including resume and cover letter writing and interview skills. Students find and confirm placement locations during this course. An emphasis is placed on developing a network through membership in professional bodies.

The course begins by a review of AC analysis including AC power calculations and power factor. AC induction motor theory and variable-speed drives are investigated. Power supply analysis of linear and switching mode configuration are investigated. Throughout the course, appropriate mathematical techniques are used. Investigation continues covering solid-state power devices, electromechanical relays (EMRs) and solid-state relays (SSRs), triacs and SCR devices regarding their application, reliability limitations, use, selection and classification. The course progresses to the study of three-phase power generation and distribution. Thevenin’s, Norton’s theorems and superposition theorem are also reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): IETT431

In this course, students connect, configure, and integrate various hardware and software elements of modern hierarchical Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) or Distributed Control System (DCS). Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) are configured, including trends, displays, alarms, logging, and operator control functions. Students connect a supervisory computer to a variety of equipment (PID Controllers, PLCs, Smart Instruments, etc.) and configure the appropriate control devices and communication interfaces.

Prerequisite(s): IETT631 + IETT322

In this course, students are immersed in a real world commercial or industrial instrumentation and control environment, promoting the integration of the curriculum in an applied setting. As part of this experience, students may access equipment and/or processes that are not available in college labs, enabling opportunities for specialization and providing increased exposure to the industry and job opportunities. Students have the opportunity to develop a professional network and reflect on their future career paths. Work Placement occurs at approved local, regional, provincial, national and international sites, both private and public.

Prerequisite(s): IETT 423 + IETT131 + IETT532 

This course focuses on developing and delivering a formal technical report related to senior technical courses. The course guides students through the various stages of project development: proposals, research, progress and scope documents, writing and editing, document design, and oral presentation development and delivery. Assessments reflect individual work, but class time focuses on the collegial dialogue needed to develop professional reports. Discussions emphasize effective collaboration, audience analysis, appropriate formats and tone, clarity of communication, and the mechanics of correct syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Attention is also be given to general reading, writing, editing, and collaboration strategies.

Prerequisite(s): IETT 400

In this culminating course, students complete their capstone project. The course begins with a reflection on the progress made during the first capstone course. Students adapt their project plans based on the challenges and successes encountered previously, while still achieving the project as initially scoped. In conjunction with the completion of their final project, students craft a technical report and accompanying presentation to share their completed project, including the key findings and possible additional applications.

Prerequisite(s): IETT 400


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. 



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$30.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,531.33 CAD
$4,282.69 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$16,430.00 CAD
Program Fees
$30.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$2,300.35 CAD
$18,760.35 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.


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Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

Control Systems are the brains behind the devices that produce everyday goods, and they keep our environment and utilities running smoothly. Jobs are abundant for technicians and technologists across a variety of sectors such as municipal waste and water utilities, assembly and manufacturing plants, building automation, medical simulation labs, research labs, etc. 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 solid theoretical understanding of control systems, communications, programming and technical project planning, etc., all of which allow grads to become involved in engineering design, as well as device and system specification.


  • Smart Building Automation Systems
  • Hospital Simulation Labs
  • Aeronautical Simulation Labs
  • Nuclear Facilities
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Automation – anywhere there is a need for human-computer interaction
  • Process Plants
  • Municipal Utilities
  • Aerospace and Rail

Job Titles

  • Instrumentation Field Technician
  • Controls Technician
  • Measurement Technician
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Technician
  • Instrumentation & SCADA Support/Operator
  • Laboratory Technician


  • Northern Cables Inc
  • 3M-Brockville
  • Ontario Power Generating Station (OPG)
  • Lennox Thermal Generating Station (OPG)
  • Johnson Controls
  • Bombardier
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)
  • Queen's University Medical Simulation Lab
  • Providence Care Hospital
  • BOJAK Manufacturing
  • Transformix Engineering
  • Invista
  • Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Utilities Kingston
  • Canadian Royal Milk
  • LaserDepth Dynamics
  • Kimco Steel Sales Limited
  • Ministry of Natural Resources White Lake Fish Hatchery
  • Siemens Building Technologies, Ltd
  • St. Lawrence College, Physical Plant
  • Durham Combustion Inc,
  • Roseburg Pembroke MDF
  • Union Gas
  • Riverside Opticalab Group
  • HTS Ottawa-Automation
  • Newterra
  • IPG Photonics Inc.
  • Kingston Process Metallurgy
  • Witron Group


"Working through the coding and programmable logic controllers class gave me the challenge that I wanted and always pushed me to think outside of the box to figure out solutions. While in this program, I was able to form some great friendships with people who also shared the passion for this program."
Cameron Hoekstra

Program Contacts

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world.

Add a year in Ireland

Graduates will be eligible to continue their studies in Ireland, earning a degree in Industrial Automation & Robotic Systems.