Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic – Foundation

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Industrial Instrumentation

Program Description

Industrial Instrumentation Mechanics install, repair, maintain, and adjust instruments used to measure and control industrial processes such as pulp and paper manufacturing and petrochemical production. They diagnose faults and perform preventative maintenance by inspecting and testing the instruments and systems in use. These types of instruments are typically used for controlling factors such as: flow of gases or liquids; temperature of materials or stages of a process; pressure maintained during a process, or level of a material used or created during a process.

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employ­ment in industry as an Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.

This program prepares students for entrance into the field of Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic by providing them with the basic knowledge, skills and technical training employers are seeking. Graduates receive credit for Level 1 technical training and 325 work-based hours towards the completion of Apprenticeship.

Career Prospects

Industrial Instrumentation Mechanics are often employed by pulp and paper processing companies, hydroelectric power generating companies or mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: 21 weeks

Start: February

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 11 level that includes:

  • Grade 11 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL040 (Advanced/Grade 11);
  • Grade 11 Math (Applications, or Principles, or Pre-Calculus) or Career and College Preparation MATH040 (Advanced/Grade 11); and
  • Grade 11 Physics or equivalent, all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.


Complete the following sections Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):

  • Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
  • Trades Math Assessment: 70 per cent or higher

Dual Credit

  • Grade 11 completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus), and Grade 11 Physics or equivalent, all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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