Industrial Automation & Controls Engineering Technology

Industrial Automation & Controls Engineering Technology

Associates in Applied Science (AAS)

It’s widely known that industrial processes are highly automated today, but there is another layer of automation in industry that not many are aware of: control systems. Control systems measure, record, and control any automated process, making it possible to optimize productivity, save energy, and reduce downtime and pollution—and these systems are surprisingly dependent on humans to run them.

A Closer Look

The work of industrial automation & controls engineering technicians is a rewarding mix of art and science. They design, install, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair control systems. The instruments themselves may be electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, or computerized control devices that control level, flow, temperature, pressure, and more.

Technicians also work to improve stability, reliability, and safety. And their future is bright: The more automated industry becomes, the higher the demand will be for these engineers.

What You'll Learn

Unique in the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Industrial Automation & Controls Engineering program at Mid-State prepares graduates to measure and control industrial processes in today’s high-tech manufacturing environments.

In this program you’ll apply mathematical skill and basic laws of physical sciences to design, install, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair industrial control systems. You’ll learn to use a variety of different forms of instrumentation and have access to state-of-the-art equipment. Field trips and summer internships at locations that have process control systems as an integral part of operations extend your hands-on experience into the real world.


  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician
  • Electrician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom.

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,505.24
  • Books: $2,612.32
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $340.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,457.56

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10605105 Electrical Circuits I 3.00
10605111 Introduction to Instrumentation 2.00
10605112 Process Documentation 1.00
10605131 Process Equipment 2.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
10462107 Industrial Safety 2.00
10605110 Electrical Circuits II 3.00
10605172 Process Systems 2.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10804196 Trigonometry with Applications 3.00
10806154 General Physics 1 4.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10605109 Process Measurements Instrumentation 2.00
10605115 Semiconductor Technology 3.00
10605117 Programmable Logic Controllers-Beginning 3.00
10605121 Process Control Strategies 2.00
10804195 College Algebra with Applications 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 4
10462132 Machine Shop Fundamentals 3.00
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
10605118 Programmable Logic Controllers-Advanced 3.00
10605132 Process Automation 2.00
10605133 Process Troubleshooting Strategies 1.00
10605134 Process Network Systems 2.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
(17 Credits)
Total Credits: 63