Instrumentation and Control Technology Program

Do you have strong math, physics, and electronics skills? Are you a good technical problem solver and are able to work independently or on teams? As the demand for automated processes grows, Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology is the place to be!

You will operate state-of-the-art equipment while learning to use a variety of different forms of instrumentation such as electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and computerized control devices. You will also take field trips to businesses that have process control systems as an integral part of operations.

Technicians may be employed in many different industries, including food processing plants, waste water treatment facilities, paper mills, electrical power generation facilities, and programmable logic controller (PLC) system design industries.


Instrumentation is defined as the art and science of measurement and control of process variables within a production or manufacturing area.

An instrument is a device that measures a physical quantity such as flow, temperature, level, distance, angle, or pressure.

Instruments may be as simple as direct reading thermometers or may be complex multi-variable process analyzers. Instruments are often part of a control system in refineries, factories, and vehicles.

The control of processes is one of the main branches of applied instrumentation.

Instrumentation can also refer to handheld devices that measure some desired variable.

Diverse handheld instrumentation is common in laboratories, but can be found in the household as well. For example, a smoke detector is a common instrument found in most western homes.

Instruments attached to a control system may provide signals used to operate solenoids, valves, regulators, circuit breakers, or relays.

These devices control a desired output variable, and provide either remote or automated control capabilities. These are often referred to as final control elements when controlled remotely or by a control system.

A Transmitter is a device that produces an output signal, often in the form of a 4–20 mA electrical current signal, although many other options using voltage, frequency, pressure, or ethernet are possible. This signal can be used for informational purposes, or it can be sent to a PLC, DCS, SCADA system, LabView or other type of computerized controller, where it can be interpreted into readable values and used to control other devices and processes in the system.

Control instrumentation plays a significant role in both gathering information from the field and changing the field parameters, and as such are a key part of control loops.

Instrumentation engineering

Instrumentation engineering is the engineering specialization focused on the principle and operation of measuring instruments that are used in design and configuration of automated systems in electrical, pneumatic domains etc. They typically work for industries with automated processes, such as chemical or manufacturing plants, with the goal of improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimization, and stability. To control the parameters in a process or in a particular system, devices such as microprocessors, microcontrollers or PLCs are used, but their ultimate aim is to control the parameters of a system.

As an Instrumentation and Control Engineer you will work to ensure that systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently and safely and be employed by the companies who manufacture and supply the equipment, or for the companies who use it.

Instrumentation and Control technologists, technicians and mechanics

Instrumentation technologists, technicians and mechanics specialize in construction, installation, hook-up and commissioning, operating, troubleshooting,  repairing and maintenance of instruments, instrumentation and Control systems.

Control Engineering salary and career survey, 2012 & 2013

The 2012 Control Engineering salary and career survey showed enthusiasm for automation, controls, and instrumentation professions. Pay is up, and survey respondents encouraged those interested in engineering to continue learning throughout their lives. Eighty percent of respondents said they appreciate where they work, and half of those (40%) love it. More than 70% saw an increase in base salary and a majority saw total compensation, salary, and bonuses increase.

Average annual base salary was $92,918 among respondents to the 2013 Control Engineering salary and career survey, with 70% expecting an increase and average bonus of $10,486. Best skills to get ahead are engineering skills, project management skills, communication and presentation skills, and computer skills.

Most respondents were in the 55-59 age range (18%), followed by 50-54 (17%) and 45-49 (16%); those aged 60 and older accounted for 15% of respondents, while those 35 or younger totaled 14%. (For age and other data points not shown in graphs here, see the full report online.) Among respondents 1% were under 25, 6% 25-29, 7% 30-34, 8% 35-39, 12% 40-44, 16% 45-49, 17% 50-54, 18% 55-59, 9% 60-64, 5% 65-69, and 1% 70 or over.

While it’s safe to say survey respondents are learning something new daily, the most common highest level of formal education completed was bachelor’s degree, completed by 45% of respondents, followed by 20% master’s degree, 10% associate’s degree, 9% college attendance, and 7% trade/technical school diploma, with about 3% each for dual-bachelor’s, doctorate, and high school level degrees.

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Strategies for success in automation, controls, and instrumentation-related engineering fields.

  • Continue education
  • Workplace strategies
  • Attitude
  • Communication
  • Degree or specialty

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Video-1: “Electrical & Instrumentation Technology Program at Los Medanos College”

Published in YouTube by Los Medanos College on Jul  9, 2009.

Are you interested in a career with a starting salary that begins around $70,000 -$90,000 per year with overtime? If so, join us and become a graduate of our program!…

Video-2: “Instrumentation and Control Technician”

Published in YouTube by College of the North Atlantic on May 11, 2012.

The one-year, Red Seal certified Instrumentation and Control Technician program is offered at CNA’s Burin, Gander and Seal Cove campuses. The program prepares grads for complex process control and measurement systems such as those found in the oil and gas industry, chemical plants, food processing operations, and the pulp and paper industry. The technician repairs, maintains, calibrates, adjusts and installs industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. This instrumentation makes sure that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly. For more information visit…

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Video-3: “Instrumentation & Control Technology”

Published in YouTube by BSCNECE (Bismarck State College) on Mar 29, 2012.

Instrumentation and Control technicians are in vital demand in a world experiencing a high technology revolution. These industries will continue to need more and more skilled workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are among the fastest growing occupations requiring a college education, but less than a baccalaureate degree. This is good news for graduates of this program, because they should experience excellent job opportunities and job security for years to come.

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Video-4: “MSTC – Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology”

Published in YouTube by Mid-State Technical College on Sep 28, 2012.

An indispensable asset in todays high tech manufacturing environments is a person that can measure and control industrial processes. This program trains you to understand and operate instrumentation that monitors and directs these processes, including pressure, flow, temperature, level, and material composition. You will learn to use a variety of different forms of instrumentation such as electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and computerized control devices. This program teaches you to design, install, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair these control systems. You must learn to understand the basic laws of physical sciences and have the mathematical expertise to apply those laws to practical situations.

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Video-5: “The Engineering Institute of Technology”.

Published in YouTube by The Engineering Institute of Technology on Dec 18, 2013.

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