FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS INSCF-DP Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology

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  • Two-and-a-half year (28-month) diploma (including common first year)
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg 
  • Co-op work experience:
    • Year 1 - optional co-op work term
    • Year 2 - mandatory elective: co-op placement OR Engineering Technology Report
  • Credit transfer opportunities: University of Manitoba
  • Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM)
  • Nationally accredited and internationally recognized program

After successfully completing the first year of Electrical Engineering Technology, you can choose the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology specialization to study the integration of mechanical, electrical, chemical, and electronic components of control systems.

This program provides the knowledge and skills related to industrial instrumentation. Technologists use their skills to design and calibrate systems used to measure, record, and control industrial process variables. You will learn to place, set up, configure, overhaul, maintain and calibrate sensors, controllers, and actuators or Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) on automated machinery for both the primary resource industries and secondary manufacturing industries.

Red River College is equipped with state-of-the-art labs for you to gain experience with remote controls, industrial networks, and Distributed Control System (DCS) through such systems as DeltaV and Control Logics process controllers.

When necessary, students will be given priority selection of their second year specialization based on their first year Grade Point Average (GPA).

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the first year of the Electrical Engineering Technology program

Who Should Enrol?

To be successful in this program, you need an inquisitive mind, and you should enjoy working on practical problems. Because you will be working with equipment that requires hand and finger coordination, manual dexterity is important.

You should have the desire to enhance your language skills because jobs in this field will ultimately require you to issue clear verbal instructions on site and to write concise reports for management.

As many students have found this program academically demanding, you should be prepared to set aside two to three hours each evening for assignments.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
Year 3
Books and Supplies
Year 2
Year 3
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2
Year 3
1Students register into Electrical Engineering Technology for year 1. Program fees include coop term at $927.
2Students register into Electrical Engineering Technology for year 1. Program fees include coop term at $927.

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Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
CHEM-1002Applied Chemistry
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This course gives an introduction to chemistry as it applies to instrumentation. The lab component is focused on the skills required to prepare and calibrate process sensors.

DCOM-1009Data Acquisition
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This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to design a data acquisition system and create a virtual instrument (VI) by Labview programming. Students learn how to collect data from a variety of sensors, through serial port of RS232, a portable data acquisition unit NI6008 and FPGA embedded real time cRIO system. Students will learn to estimate the analog input range of sensors and determine the sampling rate and accuracy of the DAQ system. Students will also learn signal conditioning and signal processing for strain gauges and temperature sensor and Fast Fourier transform (FFT) for spectrum analysis for accelerometers. Students will learn data manipulation by using strings, arrays, clusters, charts and file I/O. Students will gain expertise in controlling of the data flow by applying timed while/for loops, case structures and stacked sequence structures. SubVI creation will be introduced in hierarchy design.  Editing and debugging tools will be employed in the lab projects. Data stream through TCP/IP protocol will be practiced. Each unit consists of lab exercises, which must be demonstrated and reported.

DCOM-2003Industrial Communications
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This course will provide students with an in depth knowledge of industrial communication concepts. Students will learn the communication protocols for RS485, Ethernet, TCP/IP, Modbus and Hart. The serial link characteristics and communication protocol characteristics will be discussed. Lectures on the design of LANs and WANs will be provided. The wireless applications and modulation methods will be addressed. Fibre optic communication link design will be introduced. Industrial automation networks and communication protocols will be introduced.

ETHC-1002Professional Ethics
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This course prepares students for being engineering technology professionals by exploring critical thinking, ethical behavior, and the legal and professional accountabilities that apply in the workplace. The industry's code(s) of ethics and practical case studies are used as the learning focus.

INST-1004Instrumentation Control Systems Design 1
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This course introduces students to a broad range of instrumentation engineering concepts. These concepts form a foundation that is referenced in and elaborated on in further Instrumentation Engineering program courses. Students will consider all aspects of the instrumentation spectrum; design, documentation, installation, commissioning and maintenance. Hands on learning is essential and students work with instrumentation equipment during the labs.

INST-1005Process Measurements 1
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Students will apply the concepts of measurement science and sensor selection to specify, calibrate, and trouble-shoot various process measurement instruments commonly used in industry. This course will concentrate on level, pressure, temperature, and flow transmitters.

INST-1006Engineering Fluid Mechanics
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Engineering Fluid Mechanics is intended to provide an engineering foundation in the analysis and design of fluid systems. The fundamental physical and mathematical relationships related to both static and dynamic fluids are introduced and developed. Methods and Principles introduced in Engineering Fluid Mechanics will be utilized and expanded in subsequent courses.

INST-1007Electrical Systems 1
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In this course students will learn about a) the Canadian Electrical Code used to determine and communicate electrical system requirements for control system design, b) electrical power systems used to support control systems, and c) power electronics, motor controls and variable speed drives required by the Instrumentation and Control industry.

INST-1008Robotics and Automation
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This course will provide a practical engineering foundation in a broad range of controlled systems. Elements of engineering Statics and Dynamics will be introduced along with selected topics in Applied Strength of Materials. Students will implement Variable Speed Drives to control 3 phase motors. ABB robot studio will be used to prepare students to program common industrial robots in industry. Students will interact with and program various robotic arms, drones, linear guides, small mobile robots. Selected topics in fluid power and pneumatic power will be introduced.

INST-1009Distribution Control Systems
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A focused course in Distributed Control Systems; presented to further develop students' comprehension of formal distributed control theory and their ability to apply a systems-based concept to achieve specific distributed control objectives. A balanced mix of theory, software applications, and practical hands-on learning are used.

INST-2001Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics
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This course is intended to provide an engineering foundation in the analysis and design of thermal systems. The fundamental physical and mathematical relationships related to both Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics are introduced and developed. Methods and Principles introduced in this course will be utilized and expanded in subsequent courses.

MATH-2012 INST-1004 and INST-1006
MATH-3006 is a corequisite.
INST-2002Instrumentation Control Systems Design 2
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This course builds on and further develops the topics introduced in INST-1004 and INST-1006. Further topics in the Fluid Mechanics are intended to deepen the students' understanding of principles and design concepts commonly used in industry. The theoretical basis and practical implementation of PID control is introduced, along with an explanation of historical tuning methods and model based tuning concepts. Basic first and second order systems will be analyzed. Transfer functions of selected control operators will be introduced and analyzed with Laplace transform methods. Control valve theory and terminology will be introduced, coupled with hands on mechanical experience. Cascade and Feed-Forward process control concepts will be covered.

INST-2003Electrical Systems 2
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This course furthers the study gained in Electrical Systems I. Topics covered include the Canadian Electrical Code to determine and communicate electrical system requirements for control system designs and electrical power systems to support control systems. It also provides more in-depth study of power electronics, motor controls, and variable speed drives.

INST-2004Process Measurements 2
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Process Measurements II concentrates on analytical environmental analyzers, sampling systems, and support equipment.

CHEM-1002 is a corequisite.
INST-3001Instrumentation Control Systems Design 3
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A final course in control systems presented to further develop the students' comprehension of formal control theory and their ability to apply a systems based control design concept to achieve specific control objectives. A balanced mix of theory, software applications and practical hands-on learning is used.

MATH-2012Numerical Methods and Programming
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Numerical methods are techniques by which mathematical problems are formulated so that they can be solved with arithmetic operations. Numerical methods provide a robust alternative to analytical solutions, which are limited mainly to problems which can be approximated with linear models and/or having simple geometry and low dimensionality, as well as graphical solution techniques which can be used to solve complex problems but are imprecise.

MATH-3006Applied Calculus
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This course is a continuation of the introductory calculus course taught in first year. It expands the student's knowledge of calculus and statistics used to solve some of the typical problems encountered by the Instrumentation and Controls Technologist.

PLCS-1002Instrumentation Plcs 1
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This course is designed to provide students the basic knowledge and skills to design and implement PLC ladder logic program and human machine user interface (HMI) in compliance with IEC61131-3 standard. Students learn to troubleshoot a basic process control system using PLC diagnosis tools. Students also learn to prepare engineering documentation, which covers a description of operation, schematic diagrams, flow charts, I/O list, wiring diagram, PLC ladder logic programs and illustrations of process.

PLCS-2002Instrumentation PLCs 2
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This course will address advanced PLC programming techniques. Students learn to use industrial automation software and tools to configure and commission Allen Bradley CompactLogix and Siemens Semantic PLC systems. Students will learn the structure of a PLC project with different levels of tasks, programs, and routines. Students will implement ON/OFF Hysteresis control. Analog input/output configuration and external wiring will be practiced. Students will learn FBD programming for PIDE tuning and CASCADED PIDE closed loop control. Students will also gain expertise in SFC programming for batching process and configuration of conditional alarms. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement PC based HMI using FactoryTalk View and configure portable HMI panel. The concepts of Distributed Control System (DCS) will be addressed.

PROJ-1004Project Management
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Intended as an introduction to project management and engineering report writing, students will undertake a number of small projects (2-3) per term and will be given the opportunity to integrate and practice skills learned in other courses.

PROJ-2002Engineering Technology Report
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Students will research and critically analyze an industry-related problem to synthesize possible solutions for the chosen problem. Students will write a technical report to document their process and make recommendations for addressing the problem analyzed. The report will also demonstrate students' ability to communicate effectively and concisely, and to format the delivery of information in a manner consistent with industry practices.

PROJ-3003Final Project and Technical Thesis
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This project-oriented course will organize students into project teams and each team will create a written proposal, which fully describes the function of a Robotic/Pneumatic/Flow based/PC/microcontroller/PLC/DCS based controlled system. Students will plan the project in terms of the cost, time and the process to be followed to complete the project. Team members will implement their approved proposed system within the parameters described in the written proposal. At regular intervals throughout the term, each team must submit progress reports. At the end of the semester, each team is responsible for submitting a final written technical project report, giving an oral presentation on project work, and demonstrating the completed project for evaluation.

SEMR-9543AC-2 Apprenticeship Accreditation
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WRKE-2007Co-Op Work Experience
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CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates classroom theory with related on-the-job-training by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

This program offers a co-operative education stream to give you direct industry experience, introduce your abilities to local employers, and help finance your schooling.

Year 1 includes an optional co-op work term. Year 2 includes a mandatory co-op work term. Only students enrolled in the first or second year of Electronic, Electrical, or Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology are eligible to enrol in the co-op work term.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high-speed internet connection:

  • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
  • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.

The following are computer requirements for online learning, labs and assessments in this program:

  • Computer type: Windows PC laptop. Mac (Apple), Chromebook or Smartphone is not acceptable.
  • Note that although a Windows PC desktop is acceptable for software capabilities, at times the portability of a laptop may be required.
  • Please review the Computer Specifications for this program.
  • Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Electrical Engineering Department
Academic Co-ordinator
Email: eetinfo@rrc.ca

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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