Instrumentation Technology

About the 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.

The Associates of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Instrumentation Technology curriculum.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The employment outlook for skilled instrumentation technicians is excellent. Most job opportunities exist in manufacturing firms such as processing plants, power distribution and power generation plants, offshore industry, refineries, and shipyards. A smaller number of jobs will be found in government agencies like NASA, scientific or industrial research firms, or firms that specialize in doing instrumentation work for others. Most Instrumentation Technology graduates can expect a beginning salary from $16 to $28 per hour.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Fundamentals of Instrumentation. (3) This course provides students with a general knowledge of instrumentation principles. This course includes instruction in the basic of hydraulics and pneumatics and the use of electrical circuits in the instrumentation process. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.INT1113
Fluid Power. (4) This course introduces the student to basic hydraulic and pneumatic principles, laws, work devices, control devices and fluid circuit diagrams. Emphasis is placed on development of fluid control circuits, electro-mechanical control of fluid power, and troubleshooting techniques. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.INT1214
Control Systems I. (4) Prerequisite: EET 1123 This is an introductory course to provide information on various instrumentation components and processes. Topics include analyzing pressure processes, temperatures, flow and level. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.INT2114
Control Systems II. (4) Prerequisite: INT 2114 This course is a continuation of Control Systems I with special emphasis on application of applied skills along with new skills to develop instrument process controls. The student will be given a process to develop the appropriate instruments, needed diagrams, utilizing various controlling processes and demonstrate loop troubleshooting techniques. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.INT2124
Programmable Logic Controllers. (4) Prerequisite: ELT 1413, EET 1214 A course to provide instruction and practice in the use of programmable logic controllers (PLC?s) in modern industrial settings. Includes instruction in the operating principles of PLC?s and practice in the programming, installation and maintenance of PLC?s. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.INT2134
Calibration and Measurement Principles. (4)Prerequisite: INT 2114 This course introduces the student to various terms related to measurement principles and calibration techniques. The topics also include the procedures and calibration of various instruments used in the industry. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.INT2214
Introduction to Automation and Controls. (3) Introduction to manufacturing/industrial technology with emphasis on safe work practices, manufacturing dynamics, use of test equipment, and fundamentals of Instrumentation Technology. One lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT1113
Electrical Wiring for Instrumentation Technology. (3) Prerequisites: ELT 1413 Basic electrical wiring for automation and controls including safety practices; installation and maintenance of raceways, conduit, and fittings; and three-phase service entrances, metering devices, main panels, raceways or ducts, sub-panels, feeder circuits, and branch circuits according to electrical codes. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT1123
Principles of Automation I. (4) Prerequisites: EET 1192, EET 1114 This is the first of two courses that introduces the student to the electrical, electronic, and fluid power devices and components that are utilized in flexible automated manufacturing systems. Principles of solid state devices and digital logic are explained. Additionally, devices such as power supplies, operational amplifiers, motors, servos, transducers, mechanical drives, etc., are studied. Three lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT1214
Automated Motion Control. (3) This course is designed to develop advanced skills in the set up of servo motion controller systems, troubleshooting and maintenance of servo motion control systems, and programming of servo motion control. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT2013
Material Requirement Planning. (3) This is a course that will develop student skills and mechanics in MRP II. Areas include resource management for productive manufacturing, development, and executing an MRP II plan, order point inventory, and closed loop systems. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT2113
Principles of Automation II. (4) Prerequisite: EET 1192, EET 1114 This course introduces the student to automated control components such as programmable logic controllers and computer controlled devices such as lathes, mills, robots, sensors, actuators, etc. Emphasis will be placed on programming, troubleshooting and interfacing these types of automation components. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.MFT2224
Statistical Process Control. (3) This course provides a detailed study of the methods of implementing and using a computer-based statistical process control system and the associated gauging and automated data collection devices. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT2313
Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (3) This course is a study of how computers, robots, CAD/CAM, vision systems, and other automated systems can be used in computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT2413
Data Acquisition and Communications. (3) This is a course in acquisition and communication of systems data in automated applications. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.MFT2513
Flexible Manufacturing Systems. (4) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor This course is a production project which requires the student to apply technical skills acquired in previous courses. Project management is provided by the instructor with the students working as teams in each particular area of the manufacturing system. The students are required to plan the project and prepare the integrated system to manufacture a product. This includes all software, hardware, fixtures, clamping mechanisms, material handling requirements, sensors and interfacing, and exterMFT2614
Special Project in Instrumentation Technology. (1-3) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor A course to provide students with an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge gained in other Instrumentation Technology courses. The instructor and student work closely together to select a topic and establish criteria for completion of the project. Two to six lab hours per week.MFT291(1-3)
Supervised Work Experience in Instrumentation Technology. (1-6) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor A course which is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 industrial contact hours. Three to eighteen hours internship per week.MFT292(1-6)