Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology

Instrumentation & 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 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
  • 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. 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.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10605102 Instrument Mechanics 3.00
10605105 Electrical Circuits I 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 2.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 2
10462114 Metals & Machining 3.00
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
10605110 Electrical Circuits II 3.00
10605117 Programmable Logic Controllers-Beginning 3.00
10623113 3D CAD Software 2.00
10804196 Trigonometry with Applications 3.00
10806154 General Physics 1 4.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10605100 Process Measurements I 4.00
10605115 Basic Electronics 3.00
10605118 Programmable Logic Controllers-Advanced 3.00
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
10804195 College Algebra with Applications 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 4
10605104 Process Measurements II 3.00
10605116 Instrumentation Electronics 4.00
10605171 Process Control 4.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(17 Credits)
Total Credits: 69