Automation & Instrumentation Technology
Why choose Automation & Instrumentation Technology?
- Get the training you need to optimize productivity, save energy, and reduce downtime and pollution in high-tech manufacturing.
- The work of instrumentation and controls engineering technicians is a rewarding mix of art and science.
- An excellent career choice for those with math skills, problem-solving ability, and comfort with electronics.
Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Full-Time or Part-Time
Length of Program: Two Years
Start Dates: Fall
Start at any time or location by taking general education courses.
What You'll Learn
Unique in the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Automation & Instrumentation Technology 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.
Estimated Entire Program Cost
Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.
- Tuition & Fees: $9,712.60
- Books: $1,942.20
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
- Total Estimated Cost: $11,654.80
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid
|10605105||Electrical Circuits I||3|
|10801136||English Composition 1||3|
|10804118||Intermediate Algebra with Applications||4|
|Term Total||16 Credits|
|10623106||Intro to AutoCAD||1|
|10605110||Electrical Circuits II||3|
|10804196||Trigonometry with Applications||3|
|10605117||Automation 1 - Beginning PLC||3|
|Term Total||15 Credits|
|10605109||Process Measurements Instrumentation||2|
|10804195||College Algebra with Applications||3|
|10605118||Automation 2 - Advanced PLC||3|
|10809198||Intro to Psychology||3|
|10605121||Process Control Strategies||2|
|10462133||Electric Controls for Industrial Automation||3|
|Term Total||16 Credits|
|10605119||Automation 3 - HMI's & Robotics||2|
|10605133||Process Troubleshooting Strategies||1|
|10809166||Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application||3|
|-or-||10809122||Intro to American Government||3|
|10462131||Industrial Electric Power Applications||2|
|Term Total||13 Credits|
|Program Total||60 Credits|
This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.
ROBERT BRYLSKI, BS, MS
Robert earned his master of science degree from Florida State University. His experience includes engineering, management and executive positions in the energy industry as well as trade organizations. He has also taught for several years at colleges throughout Wisconsin in a wide range of subjects, including chemistry, engineering, energy, and brewing science. He currently owns an energy consulting company and is chief operating officer for a fuel production company.
“I believe we can make a positive difference in the lives of others through what we do every day. Teaching provides a direct pathway and is one of the most significant ways to create positive change for others. I have learned through my experiences that there are similarities across disciplines and that learning the fundamentals of one subject often transfers to new, seemingly unrelated subjects. This is what I try to impress upon my students every day.”
MATT MCCALL, AD
Matt earned his electromechanical associate degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College and attended UW–Wood County as an engineering major. He holds BAS instruction certification for millwright, industrial electrical, and multi-craft apprenticeships. He brings over 12 years of experience in highly automated food manufacturing to his teaching at Mid-State.
“The industrial trades have built this country and our economy. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in the trades for over 12 years and greatly enjoy sharing my knowledge with our students and apprentices. A good instructor can teach students, but a great instructor can learn as much from students as he teaches them!”
- Automation/Controls Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Instrumentation Technician
- Instrument Technician
- Industrial Electrician
- Process Control Technician
- Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician
- Mechatronics Technician
Take the Next Step
"The education I received from Mid-State greatly prepared me for work in the instrumentation field. From working with older equipment to state-of-the-art technology, I can apply my education to anything that comes my way with confidence."
Choose Your Path
Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.
Transfer • Dual Credit • Credit for Prior Learning