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Process Control and Automation

New Zealand Certificate in Process Control and Automation (Level 5) with strands in Process Control and Process Automation


Course details

  • Jan 2021
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • FREE under TTAF (usually $4,904 per year)
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


This programme is suitable for registered electricians looking to further their training in the industrial sector. It has a combination delivery of part time distance learning combined with two short practical courses with delivery spread over two years.  

The programme is focused on two related industrial disciplines/strands:

  1. Process control  
  2. Process automation 

Included within the distance learning is a required extensive on-job investigation and project report for process control students, and an automation project for automation students.

Students will develop knowledge and skills in important core areas including: instrumentation and automation, safety systems, hardware and software systems, and selection and specification of control and automation equipment for process control or process automation systems.

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Schedule A: Common core modules 


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
IMCT501Safety & Compliance for Process Control & Automation Systems​510  
IMCT502Control System Hardware & Interfaces​515  
IMCT503Equipment Specification & Selection​515  
IMCT504 Functional Descriptions & Specifications ​55  
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Schedule B: Process Control strand 

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
IMCT505Process Theory & Applications515  
IMCT506Process Control & Applications​55 IMCT505
IMCT507Process Control Investigation510IMCT501,
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Schedule C: Process Automation strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
IMCT410Use CAD Tools to Document an Automation Project45  
IMCT508PLCs & Elementary Programming515  
IMCT601Process Automation​615IMCT501
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as a senior technician in the process control or process automation fields servicing primary process industries such as pulp and paper, dairy, petrochemicals, steel and aluminium, wood products, extractives, food products, energy generation and distribution, water and wastewater, and utilities.


Entry criteria

  • It is recommended that candidates will have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Measurement and Control (Theory) (Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Measurement and Control (Practice) (Level 4); or
  • National Certificate in Industrial Measurement and Control (Level 4); or
  • A relevant New Zealand certificate in electrical theory and practice at level 4; or
  • Can demonstrate experience and skills equivalent to the above
  • Alternatively, candidates who have training and experience in mechanical aspects of industrial control or automation processes may apply for and be accepted into the programme.

Selection criteria:
  • All candidates will be interviewed for suitability for the programme. Should places in the programme become limited, selection will be based on: 
  • Academic history and prior relevant qualifications gained;
  • Relevant recent and current work experience.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score in the academic band of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

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Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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