Instrumentation and Control Engineering (3 Year)
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.
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.
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.
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
- Instrumentation Field Technician
- Controls Technician
- Measurement Technician
- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Technician
- Instrumentation & SCADA Support/Operator
- Laboratory Technician
- Northern Cables Inc
- Ontario Power Generating Station (OPG)
- Lennox Thermal Generating Station (OPG)
- Johnson Controls
- Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)
- Queen's University Medical Simulation Lab
- Providence Care Hospital
- BOJAK Manufacturing
- Transformix Engineering
- 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
- IPG Photonics Inc.
- Kingston Process Metallurgy
- Witron Group
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