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Industrial Instrument Mechanic Foundation Trades Training Certificate


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Applications to this program are currently suspended.
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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.


No intakes are scheduled at this time.


630 hours; approximately 21 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Trades/Apprenticeship

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Fee schedule not available.

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Admission Requirements

Complete either A, B, or C:

A. Completion of Grade 11

Must include all of:

  • English 11, with 67% (C+) or higher.
  • Math 11 (Applications, or Principles, or Pre-Calculus), with 67% (C+) or higher.
  • Physics 11 or equivalent, with 67% (C+) or higher.

B. Upgrading

Complete all of:

C. Placement Testing

Complete the 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

And complete:

  • Trades Math Assessment with 70 per cent or higher

D. Concurrent Studies (Dual Credit)

Grade 11 completion that includes:

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

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit Student Aid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students must provide personal protective equipment (footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses).
  3. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements70% minimum in all courses

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Certificate in Industrial Instrument Mechanic Foundation/Level One