Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Whether at urban power plants or remote mine sites, big machines are working 24/7. These machines are controlled by complex instruments… so complex it takes specialized technologists to look after them.

Instrumentation engineering technology is a specific skill set—you need to be comfortable with technology, good at visualizing how systems work and interested in troubleshooting solutions. It’s also a career with diverse job opportunities. Demand is especially high in heavy industry, mining, manufacturing and production.


Co-operative work terms are paid, so you'll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it's up to you to shine. It's also a chance to develop important "soft skills" in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers the only accredited instrumentation engineering technology program in Saskatchewan. The three-year diploma is offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. During five academic semesters and three Co-operative Education work terms, you’ll get practical training in:

  • analytical instruments
  • codes and standards
  • computer programming
  • data communications and networks
  • digital and linear circuits
  • digital logic
  • distributed systems
  • drafting
  • electronics
  • instrument measurement
  • machine shop
  • process applications
  • project management
  • relay and instrument controls

Classroom theory is supported by extensive lab time. You’ll have access to leading-edge equipment and supportive instruction as you apply what you’ve learned in experiments, applied research and a major second-year project.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage


Co-operative work terms are paid, so you'll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it's up to you to shine. It's also a chance to develop important "soft skills" in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland or a mining engineering technology degree at Queen’s University in Ontario.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Instrumentation engineering technologists work at oil refineries, fertilizer and petrochemical plants, mine and mill sites, manufacturing facilities, for consulting engineering firms, for sales and service companies. The type of work is also varied; you could be involved in installation, calibration, maintenance, operation and monitoring, upgrading and trouble-shooting.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Instrumentation Engineering TechnologistIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians (2233)$35,400 - $86,100
Control SpecialistIndustrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (2243)$52,000 - $125,600
Instrumentation and Control TechnicianIndustrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (2243)$52,000 - $125,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 72 weeks

There are five academic semesters and three mandatory four-month paid Co-operative Education work termsSemesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

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Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Colour blindness may hinder laboratory performance and certain employment opportunities.

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 60% in Math B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $10,265
Year 2 - $10,830
Year 3 - $4,925

International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 30 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Manufacturing degree program, or 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Bio-Medical, Electronics and Controls, or Petroleum degree programs 
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.

TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit tpsk.ca

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