Process Control Technician

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • 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
      International Student Admission 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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      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.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Areas of Study

      • Mathematics
      • Mechanics
      • Thermodynamics
      • Electrotechnology
      • Instrumentation and Control
      • Petroleum processing
      • Pulp and paper processing
      • Food and beverage processing
      • Water and wastewater treatment
      • Boilers and auxiliaries
      • Energy plant management
      • Building systems
      • Refrigeration
      • Health and Safety
      • Communication
      • Teamwork
      • Problem solving
      • Professional Ethics

      Program Courses

      Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

      NOC Codes

      9212 - Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
      9232 - Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
      9235 - Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
      9241 - Power engineers and power systems operators
      9243 - Water and waste treatment plant operators


      Organization: Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) nationally accredits this program at the technician level.

      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: New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety
      External Certification: Fourth Class Power Engineer License
      Information: Students enrolled in the program may challenge the provincial Fourth Class Power Engineering licensing exams provided they satisfy jurisdictional requirements for licensing. Practical operating experience requirements for licensing may be met by completing the first year of the program.

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