Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology
  • Two-and-a-half year (28-month) diploma (including common first year)
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Co-op work experience:
    • Year 1 - optional co-op work term
    • Year 2 - mandatory elective: co-op placement OR Engineering Technology Report
  • Credit transfer opportunities: University of Manitoba
  • Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM)
  • Nationally accredited and internationally recognized program

After successfully completing the first year of Electrical Engineering Technology, you can choose the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology specialization to study the integration of mechanical, electrical, chemical, and electronic components of control systems.

This program provides the knowledge and skills related to industrial instrumentation. Technologists use their skills to design and calibrate systems used to measure, record, and control industrial process variables. You will learn to place, set up, configure, overhaul, maintain and calibrate sensors, controllers, and actuators or Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) on automated machinery for both the primary resource industries and secondary manufacturing industries.

Red River College is equipped with state-of-the-art labs for you to gain experience with remote controls, industrial networks, and Distributed Control System (DCS) through such systems as DeltaV and Control Logics process controllers.

When necessary, students will be given priority selection of their second year specialization based on their first year Grade Point Average (GPA).

Admission Requirements
Successful completion of the first year of the Electrical Engineering Technology program
Who Should Enrol?

To be successful in this program, you need an inquisitive mind, and you should enjoy working on practical problems. Because you will be working with equipment that requires hand and finger coordination, manual dexterity is important.

You should have the desire to enhance your language skills because jobs in this field will ultimately require you to issue clear verbal instructions on site and to write concise reports for management.

As many students have found this program academically demanding, you should be prepared to set aside two to three hours each evening for assignments.

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 2 $5,465.00 1
Year 3 $2,435.00
Books and Supplies
Year 2 $1,560.00
Year 3 $255.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2 $16,375.00 2
Year 3 $8,255.00
1 Students register into Electrical Engineering Technology for year 1. Program fees include coop term at $851.
2 Students register into Electrical Engineering Technology for year 1. Program fees include coop term at $851.

Program Content
  INST-1004 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 1 4
  INST-1005 Process Measurements 1 4
  INST-1006 Engineering Fluid Mechanics 4
  INST-1007 Electrical Systems 1 3
  MATH-2012 Numerical Methods and Programming 3
  PLCS-1002 Instrumentation Plcs 1 3
  PROJ-1004 Project Management 3
  DCOM-1009 Data Acquisition 3
  DCOM-2003 Industrial Communications 3
  INST-1008 Robotics and Automation 5
  INST-2001 Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics 3
  INST-2002 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 2 4
  MATH-3006 Applied Calculus 3
  PLCS-2002 Instrumentation PLCs 2 3
  PROJ-2002 Engineering Technology Report 9
  WRKE-2007 Co-Op Work Experience 9
  CHEM-1002 Applied Chemistry 4
  ETHC-1002 Professional Ethics 3
  INST-1009 Distribution Control Systems 2
  INST-2003 Electrical Systems 2 4
  INST-2004 Process Measurements 2 3
  INST-3001 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 3 4
  PROJ-3003 Final Project and Technical Thesis 6
  SEMR-9543 AC-2 Apprenticeship Accreditation 0
Course Descriptions
CHEM-1002 Applied Chemistry
This course gives an introduction to chemistry as it applies to instrumentation. The lab component is focused on the skills required to prepare and calibrate process sensors.
INST-1005 and MATH-2012
DCOM-1009 Data Acquisition
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to design a data acquisition system and create a virtual instrument (VI) by Labview programming. Students learn how to collect data from a variety of sensors, through serial port of RS232, a portable data acquisition unit NI6008 and FPGA embedded real time cRIO system. Students will learn to estimate the analog input range of sensors and determine the sampling rate and accuracy of the DAQ system. Students will also learn signal conditioning and signal processing for strain gauges and temperature sensor and Fast Fourier transform (FFT) for spectrum analysis for accelerometers. Students will learn data manipulation by using strings, arrays, clusters, charts and file I/O. Students will gain expertise in controlling of the data flow by applying timed while/for loops, case structures and stacked sequence structures. SubVI creation will be introduced in hierarchy design.  Editing and debugging tools will be employed in the lab projects. Data stream through TCP/IP protocol will be practiced. Each unit consists of lab exercises, which must be demonstrated and reported.
MATH-2012 PLCS-1002 and DEVC-2004
DCOM-2003 Industrial Communications
This course will provide students with an in depth knowledge of industrial communication concepts. Students will learn the communication protocols for RS485, Ethernet, TCP/IP, Modbus and Hart. The serial link characteristics and communication protocol characteristics will be discussed. Lectures on the design of LANs and WANs will be provided. The wireless applications and modulation methods will be addressed. Fibre optic communication link design will be introduced. Industrial automation networks and communication protocols will be introduced.
PLCS-1002 and INST-1004
ETHC-1002 Professional Ethics
This course prepares students for being engineering technology professionals by exploring critical thinking, ethical behavior, and the legal and professional accountabilities that apply in the workplace. The industry's code(s) of ethics and practical case studies are used as the learning focus.
INST-1004 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 1
This course introduces students to a broad range of instrumentation engineering concepts. These concepts form a foundation that is referenced in and elaborated on in further Instrumentation Engineering program courses. Students will consider all aspects of the instrumentation spectrum; design, documentation, installation, commissioning and maintenance. Hands on learning is essential and students work with instrumentation equipment during the labs.
PHYS-2001 MATH-2013 and EMBD-1000
INST-1005 Process Measurements 1
Students will apply the concepts of measurement science and sensor selection to specify, calibrate, and trouble-shoot various process measurement instruments commonly used in industry. This course will concentrate on level, pressure, temperature, and flow transmitters.
PHYS-2001 MATH-2013 and CIRC-2002
INST-1006 Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Engineering Fluid Mechanics is intended to provide an engineering foundation in the analysis and design of fluid systems. The fundamental physical and mathematical relationships related to both static and dynamic fluids are introduced and developed. Methods and Principles introduced in Engineering Fluid Mechanics will be utilized and expanded in subsequent courses.
PHYS-2001 and MATH-2013
INST-1007 Electrical Systems 1
In this course students will learn about a) the Canadian Electrical Code used to determine and communicate electrical system requirements for control system design, b) electrical power systems used to support control systems, and c) power electronics, motor controls and variable speed drives required by the Instrumentation and Control industry.
PHYS-2001 CIRC-2002 DEVC-2004
INST-1008 Robotics and Automation
This course will provide a practical engineering foundation in a broad range of controlled systems. Elements of engineering Statics and Dynamics will be introduced along with selected topics in Applied Strength of Materials. Students will implement Variable Speed Drives to control 3 phase motors. ABB robot studio will be used to prepare students to program common industrial robots in industry. Students will interact with and program various robotic arms, drones, linear guides, small mobile robots. Selected topics in fluid power and pneumatic power will be introduced.
PLCS-1002 INST-1004 INST-1007
INST-1009 Distribution Control Systems
A focused course in Distributed Control Systems; presented to further develop students' comprehension of formal distributed control theory and their ability to apply a systems-based concept to achieve specific distributed control objectives. A balanced mix of theory, software applications, and practical hands-on learning are used.
DCOM-1009 DCOM-2003 INST-2002 and PLCS-2002
INST-2001 Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics
This course is intended to provide an engineering foundation in the analysis and design of thermal systems. The fundamental physical and mathematical relationships related to both Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics are introduced and developed. Methods and Principles introduced in this course will be utilized and expanded in subsequent courses.
MATH-2012 and INST-1006
INST-2002 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 2
This course builds on and further develops the topics introduced in INST-1004 and INST-1006. Further topics in the Fluid Mechanics are intended to deepen the students' understanding of principles and design concepts commonly used in industry. The theoretical basis and practical implementation of PID control is introduced, along with an explanation of historical tuning methods and model based tuning concepts. Basic first and second order systems will be analyzed. Transfer functions of selected control operators will be introduced and analyzed with Laplace transform methods. Control valve theory and terminology will be introduced, coupled with hands on mechanical experience. Cascade and Feed-Forward process control concepts will be covered.
INST-2003 Electrical Systems 2
This course furthers the study gained in Electrical Systems I. Topics covered include the Canadian Electrical Code to determine and communicate electrical system requirements for control system designs and electrical power systems to support control systems. It also provides more in-depth study of power electronics, motor controls, and variable speed drives.
INST-2004 Process Measurements 2
Process Measurements II concentrates on analytical environmental analyzers, sampling systems, and support equipment.
INST-3001 Instrumentation Control Systems Design 3
A final course in control systems presented to further develop the students' comprehension of formal control theory and their ability to apply a systems based control design concept to achieve specific control objectives. A balanced mix of theory, software applications and practical hands-on learning is used.
INST-2002 and INST-2001
MATH-2012 Numerical Methods and Programming
Numerical methods are techniques by which mathematical problems are formulated so that they can be solved with arithmetic operations. Numerical methods provide a robust alternative to analytical solutions, which are limited mainly to problems which can be approximated with linear models and/or having simple geometry and low dimensionality, as well as graphical solution techniques which can be used to solve complex problems but are imprecise.
PHYS-2001 MATH-2013
MATH-3006 Applied Calculus
This course is a continuation of the introductory calculus course taught in first year. It expands the student's knowledge of calculus and statistics used to solve some of the typical problems encountered by the Instrumentation and Controls Technologist.
MATH-2012 INST-1004
PLCS-1002 Instrumentation Plcs 1
This course is designed to provide students the basic knowledge and skills to design and implement PLC ladder logic program and human machine user interface (HMI) in compliance with IEC61131-3 standard. Students learn to troubleshoot a basic process control system using PLC diagnosis tools. Students also learn to prepare engineering documentation, which covers a description of operation, schematic diagrams, flow charts, I/O list, wiring diagram, PLC ladder logic programs and illustrations of process.
PLCS-2002 Instrumentation PLCs 2
This course will address advanced PLC programming techniques. Students learn to use industrial automation software and tools to configure and commission Allen Bradley CompactLogix and Siemens Semantic PLC systems. Students will learn the structure of a PLC project with different levels of tasks, programs, and routines. Students will implement ON/OFF Hysteresis control. Analog input/output configuration and external wiring will be practiced. Students will learn FBD programming for PIDE tuning and CASCADED PIDE closed loop control. Students will also gain expertise in SFC programming for batching process and configuration of conditional alarms. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement PC based HMI using FactoryTalk View and configure portable HMI panel. The concepts of Distributed Control System (DCS) will be addressed.

PROJ-1004 Project Management
Intended as an introduction to project management and engineering report writing, students will undertake a number of small projects (2-3) per term and will be given the opportunity to integrate and practice skills learned in other courses.
PROJ-2002 Engineering Technology Report
Students will research and critically analyze an industry-related problem to synthesize possible solutions for the chosen problem. Students will write a technical report to document their process and make recommendations for addressing the problem analyzed. The report will also demonstrate students' ability to communicate effectively and concisely, and to format the delivery of information in a manner consistent with industry practices.
PROJ-3003 Final Project and Technical Thesis
This project-oriented course will organize students into project teams and each team will create a written proposal, which fully describes the function of a Robotic/Pneumatic/Flow based/PC/microcontroller/PLC/DCS based controlled system. Students will plan the project in terms of the cost, time and the process to be followed to complete the project. Team members will implement their approved proposed system within the parameters described in the written proposal. At regular intervals throughout the term, each team must submit progress reports. At the end of the semester, each team is responsible for submitting a final written technical project report, giving an oral presentation on project work, and demonstrating the completed project for evaluation.
COMM-1152 DCOM-1009 DCOM-2003 INST-1004 INST-1005 INST-1006 INST-1007 INST-1008 INST-2001 INST-2002 MATH-2012 MATH-3006 PLCS-1002 PLCS-2002 and PROJ-1004
SEMR-9543 AC-2 Apprenticeship Accreditation
(No description available at this time)
WRKE-2007 Co-Op Work Experience
(No description available at this time)

CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates classroom theory with related on-the-job-training by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

This program offers a co-operative education stream to give you direct industry experience, introduce your abilities to local employers, and help finance your schooling.

Year 1 includes an optional co-op work term. Year 2 includes a mandatory co-op work term. Only students enrolled in the first or second year of Electronic, Electrical, or Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology are eligible to enrol in the co-op work term.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Electrical Engineering Department
Academic Co-ordinator