Automation & Instrumentation Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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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.
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.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

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 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,877.25
  • Books: $1,308.85
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,186.10

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10605105 Electrical Circuits I  3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications  4
  10605169 Instrumentation Principles  3
  10605131 Process Equipment 2
  10605112 Process Documentation  1
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10623106 Introduction to AutoCAD 1
  10605110 Electrical Circuits II 3
  10804196 Trigonometry with Applications  3
  10605117 Automation 1 - Beginning PLC  3
  10462107 Industrial Safety  2
  10150110 Networking I  3
  Term Total   15 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10605109 Process Measurements Instrumentation 2
  10804195 College Algebra with Applications  3
  10605118 Automation 2 - Advanced PLC  3
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  10605121 Process Control Strategies 2
  10462133 Electric Controls for Industrial Automation 3
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  10605119 Automation 3 - HMI's & Robotics  2
  10605133 Process Troubleshooting Strategies 1
  10809166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application  3
-or- 10809122 Introduction to American Government  3
  10605172 Process Systems 2
  10462131 Industrial Electric Power Applications 2
  Term Total   13 Credits
  Program Total   60 Credits



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.”


  • Automation/Controls Engineering Technician
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician
  • Mechatronics Technician



High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

"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.

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