Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician

Program Title – Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-M001 (HL) Haileybury Campus

Program Description
In all process industries, quantities such as temperature, pressure, level and flow need to be measured and controlled. Control and measurement are done by various means including: electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment, and computers. The instrumentation technician installs, maintains, tests and calibrates the equipment used to control and measure. The technician works with the process designers and the work includes troubleshooting control loops, adjusting controllers and systems, and programming and troubleshooting computers.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may be employed in electrical power generation (including nuclear), mineral processing, petrochemical, pulp and paper, car manufacturing plants, pharmaceuticals, or natural gas compressor stations, or water and wastewater treatment facilities (amongst many others).

Pathways

Contact Information
Kimberley Norman | Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2267 | normank@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended
Grade 12 Chemistry (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Semester 1
CH1033 Chemistry
CM1903-A Communications I
EE1055 Electrical Fundamentals I
IT1004 Basic Techniques
IT1015 Measuring Principles I
MA1100 Mathematics I
GN1033 Health and Safety

Semester 2
CM2903 Communications II
EE2024 Electrical Fundamentals II
ET2004 Electronics II
IT2004 Control Principles
IN1224 Drafting and AutoCAD I
IT2024 Measuring Principles II
MA2104 Mathematics II

Semester 3
IT1024 Introduction to Physics
MA3105 Math III
IT3002 Analytical Principles
IT3007 Control Techniques
IT3014 Digital Principles
IT3024 Industrial Electronics
GN2133 Law and Ethics

Semester 4
IT4003 Statistical Process Control
MA4204 Calculus 1
IT4007 Control Systems
IT4024 Electronic Circuits
IT4044 Advanced Digital Principles

Semester 1
CM1903 A Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

EE1055 Electrical Fundamentals I
This course is an introduction to electricity. Its purpose is to develop a foundation for future courses. A clear understanding of basic concepts and their applications to problem solving will be stressed. Lecture topics include electrical quantities, Ohm’s Law, series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, alternating current and voltage.

IT1004 Basic Techniques
This introductory course teaches basic principles, terminology and techniques used in process control. Safety, calibration procedures for instrumentation equipment, and control loop diagrams are core subjects. Theory on measuring and test equipment, transducers and recorders is strongly reinforced in hands-on lab assignments throughout the semester.

IT1015 Measuring Principles I
This two-module course teaches the essentials of pressure and flow measurement in the process industries. Module One topics include: pressure calculations, manometers, pressure elements, gauges, pneumatic and electrical pressure transmitters and differential pressure transmitters. Module Two topics include: using differential pressure transmitters for flow measurement, mechanical, electrical and mass flow meters, weirs and flumes for open channel measurements and weighing and belt scales for solids measurements.

MA1100 Mathematics I
This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations algebraically. This course also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

GN1033 Health & Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

CH1033 – Chemistry
This course is an introductory course in the study of chemistry. This study of analytical chemistry makes use of solution concepts to understand the chemistry on which analytical procedures are based, and how changes in various parameters can affect the equilibrium of the chemical system. Students will be exposed to the various forms of spectroscopy, chromatography, and other analytical methods.

Semester 2

CM2903 Communications II Model A
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies.

EE2024 Electrical Fundamentals II
Topics include: interpretation and application of simple wiring and elementary diagrams, standard electrical symbols, electrical control pilot devices, relays, contactors, motor starters, timing relays, float switch, flow switch, limit switch, proximity switch, temperature switch, two-wire control, three-wire control, hand-off automatic control, multiple push button stations, jogging control circuits, time-delay low voltage release relay. Prerequisite: EE1055 Electrical Fundamentals I

ET2004 Electronics II
This course is divided into two modules. In the first module, as well as capacitors and inductors are introduced as fundamental electronic building blocks. RC, RL and RLC circuits are studied and applications to instrumentation are examined. In the second module, electronic devices including diodes, transistors and transistor amplifiers, integrated circuits and operational amplifiers and op-amp circuits are introduced. Prerequisite: EE1055 Electrical Fundamentals I

IT2004 Control Principles
Two additional modules on PID controllers and control valves add to the instrumentation technician’s knowledge of control loops. Further study of process control terminology, controller indicators, adjustments and options and controller types is followed by an introduction to the proportional, integral and derivative algorithms used to tune controllers to a process. Valve bodies, valve actuators and valve positioners are studied as the primary choice of final control element encountered in industry. Other final control elements like variable speed pumps, motors and fans, as well as dampers and feeders are introduced. Auxiliary equipment like regulators and solenoid valves are covered as are relief or safety valves. Prerequisite: IT1004 Basic Techniques, IT1015 Measuring Principles I

IT2012 Drafting and AutoCAD I
The course focuses on the basic drawing, editing and display commands for AutoCAD. Practical assignments relate to process loop drawings and dimensioning. AutoCAD LT2000 is used for this course.

IT2024 Measuring Principles II
This course adds the third, fourth and fifth measurement modules: level, temperature and safety sensors. Main topics in Module Three include differential pressure transmitters used for level measurement, capacitance probes, ultrasonic, radar and radiation level transmitters. Main topics in Module Four include resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), thermocouples (TCs) and pyrometers. Module Five topics include an introduction to vibration monitoring, speed sensors, flame sensors, and noise and sound sensors. Prerequisite: IT1015 Measuring Principles, IT1004 Basic Techniques

MA2104 Mathematics II
This course covers exponents and radicals, the quadratic equation, ratio, proportion and variation, exponentials and logarithms, and vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws. Prerequisite: MA1100 Mathematics I

Semester 3

MA3033 Mathematics III
This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations; the study of analytic geometry and the study of inequalities. The students will also be introduced to the rate of change and its relation to graphs and the derivative.

IT3002 Analytical Principles
The aim of this course is to develop the technician’s understanding of analytical measurements and the industrial applications of those measurements. Radiant energy devices operating in the infrared, ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths are studied, as are electrochemical devices including pH and ORP analyzers. Prerequisite: IT2024 Measuring Principles II

IT3007 Control Techniques
Review of first year material, Interpret loop drawings, troubleshooting techniques, terminology associated with computer and microprocessor control, operation and configuration of digital microprocessor based controllers, digital signal transmission protocols including H.A.R.T., Modbus, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, Profinet, and industrial Ethernet, Direct Digital Control, SCADA, and Distributed control.

IT3014 Digital Principles
Topics include: binary number systems, binary, decimal, hexadecimal, Boolean algebra, logic gates including truth tables, combination logic, relay logic, programmable logic controllers including principle of operation and programming techniques, Modicon 984, Allen Bradley SLC 500. Prerequisites: ET2004 Electronics II, EE2024 Electrical Fundamentals II

IT3024 Industrial Electronics
Topics include: motor nameplate data and wiring interpretation, three phase and single phase motor connections, DC motors, DC motor starting circuits, DC generators, three phase power, transformers. Prerequisites: ET2004 Electronics II, EE2024 Electrical Fundamentals II

GN2133 Law and Ethics
This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

IT1024 – Introduction to Physics
This course is an introductory course into the study of physics. It consists of 6 theory units and a corresponding laboratory component. The topics covered include: measurement, motion, forces, work and energy, fluids and heat. The lab component gives students the opportunity to connect with the acquired theory.

Semester 4

IT4003 Statistical Process Control
This is an elementary course in SPC with applications relevant to the process industries. Topics include: introduction to quality concepts, measurement and variation concepts, special-cause and common-cause variation, measures of the tendency and spread, organization of data by different graphical techniques, normal probability distribution, variables control charts and attributes control charts and interpretation, gauge capability, operating characteristic curve, selection of the best of curve, and process capability analysis. Prerequisites: MA2104 Mathematics II.

IT4007 Control Systems
Topics include: distributed control, furnace control, boiler operation and control, concentrator controls. Other topics include: roaster controls, acid plant controls, pulp mill controls, nuclear power plant controls, control panels, maintenance scheduling, weighing, pump control, and closed circuit television. Prerequisites: IT3007 Control Techniques, IT3002 Analytical Principles

IT4024 Electronic Circuits
Topics include: Single Phase AC motors, Wound Rotor Induction motors, Reduced Voltage Starters, three-phase multi-speed controllers, Motor Drives, and Motor Maintenance. Prerequisite: IT3024 Industrial Electronics

IT4044 Advanced Digital Principles
Topics include: architecture of a basic microprocessor system, data acquisition systems, data address, and control Bus, memory interfacing, multiplexing analog signals, networking, communications, advanced programmable logic controllers. Prerequisites: IT3014 Digital Principles

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