Instrumentation & Controls Engineering TechnologyAssociates 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 instrumentation and 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.
Instrumentation and control 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
The Instrumentation & 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
- Instrument Technician
- Process Control Technician
- Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician
The instructors in the Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!
Dennis earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout. He has taught at Mid-State for 26 years and also draws on nine years’ experience as an independent contractor in instrumentation and controls. He has worked as an engineer, technician, and quality control inspector in a wide variety of industries, including nuclear power, fossil fuel, pulp and paper, waste water treatment, and food processing.
“I enjoy preparing students for a successful beginning to their industrial careers.”