Industrial Control Technology (Co-op)

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2020 Domestic | International

Program Overview

Industrial Control Technologists are passionate about machines and appreciate the mechanics of production. They stay updated on the latest industrial hardware and software. You’ll learn how to repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install industrial measuring and control equipment. Our program also offers paid work placements and advanced training in writing specifications for required equipment, equipment purchasing, and quality testing. We’ll get you ready to join the fastest growing job sector in the tech industry today.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved with three years of combined full-time study and co-op opportunities.

Admission Requirements

    Profile I

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 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

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate of this program, you may be employed in the design, production, sales, installation and maintenance of industrial automation systems. These industrial installations may be in the fields of oil refining, electrical power generation, pulp and paper manufacturing, mining and many others. The expertise of industrial control technologists is in demand in many parts of the country as well as abroad.

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      Specific Considerations

      Local campuses can provide information on courses that can be used as prerequisites for technology programs at NBCC. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      The purpose of this course is to cover the distribution of electrical power within a plant. Topics include distribution equipment, grounding, Canadian Electrical Code, and station service drawings. Labs use "Lab-Volt" equipment and concentrate on alternators and transformers. Practical examples of power distribution equipment are discussed and safety is stressed.


      • BEEB1078D

      This course is designed to provide students with the basics of power system metering and protection. Material covered is primarily related to that found within an industrial plant as well as an introduction to high-line applications. Topics covered include: potential and current transformers; current, voltage, watt and var transducers, protective relays and applications, and relay and metering calibration.


      • BEEB1078D

      This course introduces students to electric circuit construction, measurement and analysis in a laboratory environment. By utilizing a variety of LabVolt© and electronic components students construct electric circuits and measure the circuit characteristics (voltage, current, resistance, power) to understand, analyze and troubleshoot direct current circuits. Students are introduced to electric circuit soldering and complete a soldering project. Electrical safety and procedures are emphasized.


      • BEEB1067C

      This course introduces basic electrical and magnetic principles which are necessary to analyze electric circuits, magnetic circuits and devices. Topics include current, voltage, resistance, work, power, energy, series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, and magnetism.

      This course introduces the student to the construction, operating principles and uses of electrical machines. The student uses LabVolt© equipment and electrical machines for hands on wiring, measurement, construction, and safety in the operation of various electrical machines.


      • PHYS1030C
      • BEEB1078D

      This course covers AC theory and various circuit testing techniques. Topics covered include transformers, RC circuits, RL circuits, RLC circuits, and three phase theory.

      Lab assignments include the use of testing equipment such as analog DVOM, digital multi-meter, clamp-on ammeter, signal generator, oscilloscope, watt meter and isolation transformers.


      • BEEB1066B
      • BEEB1067C

      This course is intended to provide the student with a basic knowledge of chemistry as required to support other subjects studied in Industrial Control Technology.


      • MATH1089

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      Students submit a formal, researched report and make a formal oral presentation on an approved technical topic related to their program of studies. The technical and communication quality may be judged on the basis of the certification requirements of outside agencies such as the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT), a government department, or other accrediting body. This is primarily an independent study course allowing for consultations with academic and industry personnel.

      This course provides students with an introduction to PLC hardware and software.

      This course provides the student with an introduction to the principles, theory and industrial application of pressure, level, temperature, flow, and density measurement. The topics include an introduction to measurement, units of measurement, terminology, operating principles of measuring devices and instruments commonly found in processing facilities.

      This course provides students with the practical application of measurement instrumentation. As well, students learn the procedures and methods for installing, calibrating and maintaining various process instruments. Techniques for installations are in accordance with ISA - The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society. Selection and application of conduit, piping, tubing and associated fittings are included. General plant safety, use of hand and power tools, and selection of piping, tubing and fittings are included as required during any demonstrations that take place in a laboratory.


      • ICCI1047
      • ICCI1056

      This course is a detailed study of final control elements and control valve theory. Control valves, vanes, dampers and metering pumps are covered. Accessories found with control valves such as actuators (pneumatic, electric, hydraulic), valve positioners, boosters, relays, and switching equipment are also studied. Selection and sizing of control valves is introduced. Control valve theory is covered with the emphasis on the basic theoretical concepts of automatic process control.


      • ICCI1049
      • ICCI1056

      This course introduces students to discrete motor control devices (pushbuttons, starters, overloads, etc.) and their uses in basic motor control circuits commonly found in industrial settings.  The motor control circuitry concentrates on electromagnetic devices. Practical application in the lab includes the wiring, testing, troubleshooting, and repair of a variety of motor control circuits. 


      • BEEB1068

      This course introduces the students to microprocessor-based controllers (electronic contactors, soft starts, DC and AC variable speed drives). Topics covered include motors, drive control and feedback devices, special requirements, maintenance and troubleshooting in an industrial environment.

      Labs include motor speed control, setup and testing of soft starters, DC and AC drives.


      • ICCI1054C

      This course provides the student with measurement techniques and applications terminology, operating principles of measuring devices and instruments commonly found in industrial facilities. Topics include calibration, accuracy, precision, error calculations, instrument signals, linearity, and conformity. Study will also include piping and instrument drawings (P&ID), symbols and process measurement troubleshooting using these drawings. This course is designed to run concurrently with ICCI1049– Process Measurement Lab.


      • ICCI1047
      • ICCI1049

      This course provides students with the practical application of SMART process instrumentation and the procedures and methods for installing, calibrating, configuring and maintaining SMART instruments. The course provides an understanding of instrumentation self-diagnosis and instrument operational standards such as HART Protocol and Foundation Fieldbus.


      • ICCI1049
      • BEEB1078D
      • ICCI1056

      This course is designed to cover advanced theoretical concepts of automatic process control, including process dynamics, cascade, ratio, feedforward, multivariable control and tuning of control loops. The theory is supported by lab activities done on Trainers, PLC's and stand-alone controllers. 


      • MATH1160
      • ICCI1052

      This course is designed to cover advanced concepts of programmable controllers. Human Machine Interface software and DeviceNet networking are introduced.


      • MATH1160
      • ICCI1007

      This course is a detailed study of process analyzers. Analyzers are applied to a boiler application.


      • ICCI1057

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to network industrial equipment for automated controls through appropriate communication systems. They learn the physical and logical characteristics of various network types, their strengths and limitations in industrial applications, as well as how to set up, configure, test, and troubleshoot the given application. Serious attention is also given to the security measures used to protect the systems.


      • ICCI1063

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to provide the student with the tools of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1157

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course provides the fundamental principles and applications of physics. The course covers the following topics: Atomic theory; properties of matter; temperature and heat; heat transfer; vibratory motion; sound waves; electromagnetism fundamentals; and properties of light. The course includes a minimum of six laboratory experiments.

      This course provides the fundamental principles and applications of physics. It covers: measurement and error, Newton’s laws of motion, work-energy theorem, power, the laws of conservations of energy and momentum, impulse,  rotational motion, center of gravity, and statics. Students conduct a minimum of six laboratory experiments.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the practices and procedures of project management. An emphasis is placed on time, cost, personnel and communication aspects of project management.


      • SAAL1502
      • MATH1089

      The course provides the ability to develop and implement statistical analysis tools within the context of quality assurance in areas such as chemical processing, manufacturing and construction. Topics covered include central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, control charts and statistical process control.

      Statistical analysis includes methods such as central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, statistical process control.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course introduces students to computer-aided drafting and design software to create dimensional drawings.


        This course teaches students how to develop reports, spreadsheets, and presentations using computer applications, and to use the internet for basic research in a network environment. The course is instructor led in a classroom or lab environment and requires the completion of several assignments and tests. Students taking this course are expected to have prior knowledge and competence in using the basic functions of a personal computer and its operating system including the following: manage and organize files/directories/folders/email; copy, move and delete files/directories/folders/email and; demonstrate the ability to work with desktop icons and to manipulate windows.

        A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

        NOC Codes

        2241 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
        2243 - Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics


        Organization: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
        Accreditation Period: 2011
        Information: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) nationally accredits this program at the technologist level.

        Organization: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)
        Accreditation Period:
        Information: The Industrial Control Technology program has bene accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for a period of six years.

        External Certifications

        Industrial Control Technology (Co-op) 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: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
        External Certification: Industrial Control Technology
        Information: Upon successful completion of the Industrial Control Technology program and with two years of acceptable work experience, the student may be eligible for certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT)

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