Pearl River Community College

Instrumentation Technology

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: Poplarville Campus

Brief Description of Program: The Instrumentation Technology program is a two-year program that provides the student with technical knowledge and skills necessary for gaining employment as an instrumentation technician in maintenance, diagnostics, engineering, or production in automated systems. Sometimes referred to as control technicians or maintenance technicians, they keep automated systems running.

Examples of automation may include three-phase motor control, pneumatic control, computer, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The Instrumentation Technology curriculum focuses on electricity, electronics, fluid power, motors and controllers, programmable controls, robotics, interfacing technology, instrumentation and automated machine processes.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Instrumentation technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

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Possible Careers in this Program: Instrumentation technicians work closely with engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, oil and gas, engineering services, the federal government, research-and-development laboratories, and the utilities industry.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Instrumentation technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: The median annual wage for electrical and electronics engineering technicians was $62,190 / $29.90 per hour in May 2016.

Mission of Program: The Mission of the Department of Instrumentation Technology is to provide students with a quality engineering technology and surveying education that links theory and application, provide rigorous, fundamental education, and gives students enhanced career opportunities.

The department’s goals supporting this mission are: to provide educational and social environments that promote and facilitate student learning. To have a highly respected and visible department. To foster the development of the department and to graduate students who are competent and sought after by industry

Goals of Program: Maintain the technology programs and courses with a strong emphasis on consistency with current technology in each related industry. Deliver all technology courses in a prescribed sequence within each program using accepted educational practices that serve to deliver knowledge, strengthen the understanding, create connections, and offer repetition to reinforce learning. Provide pathways for students to pursue additional educational opportunities with requisite institutions of higher learning