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2020-21 Catalog 
2020-21 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instrumentation and Control Systems

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Program Coordinator Jim Witt

The Instrumentation and Control Systems program combines theory and hands-on training with state-of-the-art instruments, working processes and computerized control systems.  Students learn to install, test, calibrate and maintain instruments that measure, indicate and control variables such as pressure, flow, level, density, temperature, force, vibration and chemical composition. Students apply math concepts, physics concepts and industry standards to realistic situations encountered on the job. Additional instruction includes updating system documentation and building or modifying specialized systems to solve problems in measurement and control.   The courses prepare students to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instruments and control systems in industries that increasingly rely on automation. These professionals may also be referred to as instrumentation and electrical technicians, instrumentation technicians or instrumentation and controls technicians.  They may work with automated equipment in manufacturing or assembly plants, waste water treatment facilities and nuclear power plants to measure and monitor operational functioning.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) circuits work providing a firm foundation to understand topics within the electrical industry
  2. Understand how digital circuits are used within the process industry
  3. Understand motor control theory
  4. Write effective and efficient programs for Allen Bradly and Siemens programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
  5. Commission and program instrumentation to control flow, level, pressure, temperature and analytical values
  6. Tune control loops using proportional, integral, and derivative values
  7. Understand the different types of final control elements and how they are used

Instrumentation and Control Systems - INST.AAS

Associate in Applied Science

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Second Semester

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Third Semester

Total: 15 Credit Hours

Fourth Semester

Total: 13-15 Credit Hours

Total credit hours required for the A.A.S in Instrumentation and Control Systems: 60


Instrumentation and Control Systems - INST.CP

Certificate of Proficiency

Total: 35 Credit Hours

Total credit hours required for the Certificate of Proficiency in Instrumentation and Control Systems: 35


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