Process Control Technician

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Process Control Technicians are smooth operators. They analyze, adjust, and optimize process units and equipment in industrial facilities to ensure successful outcomes. You’ll learn specific skills in thermodynamics, applied chemistry, instrumentation and controls, and electrical devices, as well as general knowledge related to process control operations in plant settings. Our work practicum provides you with hands-on learning and counts toward trade requirements. Canada’s energy sector growth means that Process Control Technicians are in high demand.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122 (recommended)

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate, you can work in pulp and paper, petroleum, LNG, food, beverage and mineral processing industries, power plants, oil production and refining, municipal treatment plans and government inspection services.

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      NOC Codes

      2243 - Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

      What you will learn

      • Basic Boiler Theory and Boiler Codes
      • Chemistry – process and environmental
      • Thermodynamics
      • Communication
      • Electricity – circuits, motors, equipment protection
      • Environmental Control and Responsibility
      • Fuels and Combustion
      • Health and Safety, Loss Control Management
      • Introduction to Operations: Petroleum, Pulp and Paper, Food and Beverage Processing, Mineral Processing
      • Instrumentation and Process Control
      • Mathematics
      • Materials Science, Physics

      Specific Considerations

      Where there is a compulsory work practicum or co-op work term, you may be required to participate in work terms at sites other than in Saint John. Please note that when you are hired as process control technicians, you may rotate between different processing units during shift cycles, you may work in a team with shared supervisory responsibilities and participate in training other workers, or you may be cross-trained in a skilled trade and work in that trade during shift cycles.

      External Certifications

      Process Control Technician graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC)
      External Certification: Power Engineering Technology - SOPEEC
      Information: Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate may apply to write the SOPEEC examination for 4th Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick. Upon successful completion of the SOPEEC examination for 4th Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick and an advanced work experience in a Power Plant facility, graduates of this program will be eligible to continue their Power Engineering exams of advancing Classes.

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