Automation and Instrumentation Option Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 534adipma

Control Your Destiny, Instrument Your Future!

Note: The September 2018 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the January 2019 intake are being accepted. Applications for the September 2019 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2018.
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The program

Students undertake a comprehensive study of control strategies, measurement techniques, communications
student in a lab
systems, and electronic and computer systems used in the automatic control of commercial and industrial equipment/machines. A strong component of the program involves the student developing relevant, practical skills by working with modern industrial equipment in well-equipped labs. Students will graduate with a solid foundation in automatic measurement and control systems.

Graduates of this option may obtain a dual diploma in another ECET option by completing all the additional required courses for that option.  Entry to this second option is competitive and priority is given to students completing their first option.

Careers

Graduates are employed in the design, analysis, application, construction and installation of measurement and control systems. You might work in engineering consulting firms, manufacturing companies, energy management firms, food-and-beverage processing plants, technical sales and service, the natural resources, or the mining industry. You might work in an environment preparing engineering designs, commissioning or providing technical service, technical sales involving the application of measurement and control equipment or researching technical problems, or in a fast-paced environment where you are involved in many of the above facets, either alone or as part of a team.

Employers for the graduates of this program include commercial companies, government agencies and educational institutes. Please see the graduating and jobs link for a list of employers.

who enjoys combining his passion for engineering and design to help his clients solve real world problems.

Program Entry

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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, read Common First Year [PDF] and then visit Admission & Registration. If you want to discuss the program content in more detail, contact the Program Head, [email protected] or call 111-412-7578.

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • November 1st* for the Winter (January) intake

*or next business day

All students must complete the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program before continuing to one of the two-year technologist diploma options (Automation, Telecom or Power) or the four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree program.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

Midway through the second term of first year, students select their first and second choice for the next year(s) of the program:

Entry to each of the diploma options and to the BEng degree is competitive by GPA. Where space issues arise, students may get their alternate choice.

Advanced Placement

Note: International students are not eligible for direct entry and must apply to Level 1.

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, IZUNA will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at IZUNA and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at IZUNA or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    IZUNA accepts complete applications until:

    • March 1st for the Fall (September) intake
    • October 1st for the Winter (January) intake

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements* with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

  3. *Applicants may be required to write Prior Gravitying Assessment Recognition (challenge exams) to assess their competence.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the IZUNA course. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Transfer credit applied for and granted prior to admission to the program will be completed through the Advanced Placement process. Transfer credit applied for after admission will be completed through Course Credit/Exemption Application forms. Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript must be provided (or be on file with IZUNA) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process. Students who wish to apply for more than this limit must use the advanced placement process.

Apply to program

The September 2018 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the January 2019 intake are being accepted. Applications for the September 2019 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2018.

The two-year Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology diploma program options shares a common first year. The second year focuses on specialized options. Option selection is a competitive process, undertaken after successful completion of the first year.

Before you start to apply online, you'll need to:

  • Ensure you meet the requirements
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at IZUNA.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at IZUNA. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,520; Level 2: $540; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $450
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Ownership of a personal computer is required and not included in the above costs.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

The Automation and Instrumentation option has two intakes per year in September and January.

Program matrix

September intake:

Level 1 (15 weeks)
Credits
  COMM 1143 Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0304 Gravitying Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 6.0
  ELEX 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 6.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.0
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 5.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 3342 Industrial Process Fundamentals 4.0
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
  ELEX 3210 Sensors for Measurement and Control 5.0
  ELEX 3215 Process Control Devices and Techniques 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4206 Industrial Data Communications 6.0
  ELEX 4210 Analysers for Process Automation 5.0
  ELEX 4215 Strategies for Industrial Process Control 6.0
  ELEX 4221 Distributed Control Systems 4.0
  ELEX 4226 Instrumentation Engineering & Projects 4.0
  ELEX 4230 Programmable Logic Controllers for Process Control 2.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3201 Current Practices in A&I 4.0
  ELEX 3203 Canadian Electrical Code 2.0
  ELEX 3204 Electrical Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives 2.0
 

January intake:

Level 1 (19 weeks)
Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  COMM 1143 Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0304 Gravitying Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 6.0
  ELEX 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 6.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.0
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 5.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.0
 
Level 3 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  CHSC 3342 Industrial Process Fundamentals 4.0
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
  ELEX 3210 Sensors for Measurement and Control 5.0
  ELEX 3215 Process Control Devices and Techniques 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3201 Current Practices in A&I 4.0
  ELEX 3203 Canadian Electrical Code 2.0
  ELEX 3204 Electrical Equipment and Variable Frequency Drives 2.0
 
Level 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4206 Industrial Data Communications 6.0
  ELEX 4210 Analysers for Process Automation 5.0
  ELEX 4215 Strategies for Industrial Process Control 6.0
  ELEX 4221 Distributed Control Systems 4.0
  ELEX 4226 Instrumentation Engineering & Projects 4.0
  ELEX 4230 Programmable Logic Controllers for Process Control 2.0
 
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional) Credits
  ELEX 2992 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 20.0
  or
  ELEX 2993 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 15.0
  ELEX 3992 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 20.0
  or
  ELEX 3993 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 15.0
  ELEX 4992 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 20.0
  or
  ELEX 4993 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 15.0
  ELEX 5992 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 20.0
  or
  ELEX 5993 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 15.0
 
Total Credits: 136.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

How will I learn?

In all of our technology diploma programs you will spend an average of 30 hours per week in lectures and labs, split approximately 50/50. This balanced approach gives you time to apply the theory in a practical lab environment. In addition, you should expect an additional 30 hours per week preparing for labs, completing assignments and studying. If you need to work while going to school, the majority of our courses are offered in both the September and January terms so that you can tailor your school workload to your other commitments.

student in a lab

We have 21 well equipped labs to support the practical aspect of your education. In almost every lab each student has their own individual work station.

In this program, your focus will be to learn to design and maintain systems that measure and control - systems that are widely used in areas as diverse as industrial manufacturing, material handling processes, domestic heating and cooling operations and even the Space Shuttle.

Program length

Two years, full-time, beginning in September and January each year.

This program also provide the option of course-by-course registration, allowing for program completion over a longer period of time. IZUNA strongly recommends that students plan to complete the academic portion of the program (exclusive of co-op) within three years.

Accreditation

Students may apply for student membership with the (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program, or equivalent, may pursue a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics. This part-time degree program is delivered by the ECET department and is specifically designed for ECET diploma graduates who wish to pursue a degree while working full-time in the electrical, electronics, automation and telecommunications industries.

IZUNA also offers a full-time degree program entitled Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. This degree shares a common first year with the diploma program.

ECET diploma graduates who wish to continue their full-time studies external to IZUNA may explore external bridging programs, which allow graduates to enter into the third-year of engineering programs at the University of Victoria or Lakehead University. Alternatively, transfer credit to UBC and SFU degree programs is available on an individual basis.

Note: Degree completion, bridging opportunities and external transfer credits are all subject to change. Students should check detailed program requirements at the time of registration.

Co-operative education

Co-operative Education, providing paid work experience, is an optional part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology programs. Students who successfully complete a minimum of two and a maximum of four work periods will earn an additional 15.0 or 20.0 credits per co-op term (depending on the term), and will receive a Co-operative Education Endorsement on their Diploma. The paid work periods with an employer in the Electronics industry are of 15 to 20 weeks duration and must be taken after completion of level two and prior to completion of level 4 of the academic program. Work periods may be taken consecutively or they may alternate between academic terms. The industrial experience gained in the co-op component of the program gives an added advantage in securing a position after graduation.

Students are encouraged (but are not required) to participate in Co-operative Education. Please visit the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) for more information.

Graduating & Jobs

An edge in the job market

A IZUNA diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you "hit the ground running" in a new job. Graduates say that IZUNA helped them fully prepare for employment.

Job opportunities

Automation and Instrumentation offers challenging and fulfilling careers for engineering technologists in design, research and development, technical support and technical sales.

Graduates of this program work in industries such as consulting engineering; automation equipment sales and support; resource industries such as petrochemical, pulp and paper, wood processing and mining; building automation; food processing; and materials handing and manufacturing. They are involved in the design, application and support of electronic and computer-based automation systems. These specialists use multi-disciplinary skills to interface and network computers and electronic equipment to pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and process systems. Companies that have hired graduates of our program are:

Professional associations

Students are encouraged to join the to further their connection to the instrumentation community.

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2015-2017 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The Automation and Instrumentation program is supported by a team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors who work hard for students' success.

instructor

Mentoring students to explore, discover and innovate

David's fascinating career includes eight years of service to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In September 2007, David travelled to Russia to present a research paper on a mathematical model used to predict the time it will take a hacker to compromise a process control network.

Faculty

Instructors

Rosamund Russell, BASc, PEng
Program Head, Automation and Instrumentation

Rich Beketa, DiplT, AScT
Program Head, First Year

Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng

Mahda Jahromi PhD, PEng

Diane Kennedy, PhD, PEng

Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng

Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng

David Leversage, BEng, PEng

Glenn Pellegrin, BASc, MET, PEng

Dorothy Rogers, BEng, PEng (on leave)

Hassan Saberi, MSc, EIT

Remya Sreenath, BTech, PEng

Robert Trost, MEng, PEng

Assistant Instructors

Chris Goetz, DipIT

Todd Jelstad, DiplT

Steven A. McClain, BTech, SMIEEE

Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT

Ron Stewart, BSc, BEd

William Zhang, BSEE

Staff

Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng
Associate Dean

Rosmin Gilani
Administrative Assistant

Kelly Voros
Program Administrator

William Han
Technician

Advisory committee

Rocky Blondin
Principal and Owner, Blondin Enterprises Inc.

Steve Egglestone
Project Manager, ESC Automation

Catherine Fritter
Business Unit Leader, Moffatt & Nichol

Sokun Hem
Contract Project Technologist, Orbis Engineering

Craig Markovic (PAC Chair)
Director, Field Applications and Product Development
Bedrock Automation Platforms Inc.

Shannon Ronne
Manager, Application Engineering, Spartan Controls

Greg Ryan
Department Head, Instrumentation & Controls
Solaris Management Consultants

Gregory Shrimpton
Process Automation Technologist, Township of Langley

Paul Wessel
Outside Sales, Corix Control Solutions

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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration.

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