Login
 

Instrumentation Technician Degree and Certificate Program Overviews

Learn about degree and certificate program options for instrumentation technicians. Find out about degree levels, courses and program lengths, along with career information. View article »

View 10 Popular Schools »

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

94% college-bound high school students
…said it was important to communicate with colleges during the search process. (Source: Noel-Levitz 2012 trend study)

Select a school or program

View More Schools
Show Me Schools
 Replay
  • 0:00 Essential Information
  • 0:42 Certificate Program
  • 1:43 Associate of Applied Science
  • 2:54 Popular Career Options
  • 3:06 Job Outlook & Salary…

Find the perfect school

Video Transcript

Essential Information

Program Levels Certificate programs, associate's degree
Field(s) of Study Instrumentation technology
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent; strong background in math and science
Program Length 1-2 years for certificate programs; 2 years for associate's degrees
Key Skills Troubleshooting, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 2% decline (for electrical and electronic engineering technicians)
Median Annual Salary (2015) $61,130 (for electrical and electronic engineering technicians)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Many community colleges offer certificate and associate's degree programs in instrumentation technology, and these programs primarily focus on the maintenance and repair of electronic and electrical systems. The standard admission requirement for both programs is a high school diploma or its GED equivalent, and applicants should have good math and science skills.

Certificates typically take about one year to earn and require no general education coursework. Associate's programs are usually two years in length and include both general education and hands-on lab courses. Graduates of these programs may be prepared for work as engineering technicians.

Certificate Program

A certificate program in instrumentation technology can be completed in one to two years of full-time study. Instruction is provided on how to maintain control and process measurement systems commonly used in chemical plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and other industrial plants and refineries. Topics include AC and DC motors, calibration of instruments, motor control, and logic controllers. Generally, there are no internship requirements for a certificate program in instrumentation technology, and students are not required to complete any general education classes.

The curriculum for a certificate in instrumentation technology program may closely mirror that of a program for electronics. However, students enrolled in an instrumentation technology certificate program generally complete core courses in their final semester, such as:

  • Methods of wiring
  • Instrument application code
  • Digital devices
  • System troubleshooting
  • Critical thinking
  • System integration

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Electromechanical Technologies
  • Electronic Communications Engineering
  • Instrumentation Technologies
  • Laser and Optical Technologies
  • Robotics Technologies
  • Telecommunications Technologies

Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs

An Associate of Applied Science in Instrumentation Technology is structured similarly to a certificate program in the field, with the inclusion of general education courses. An associate's degree program may also allow students to specialize in a particular industry area where instrumentation technicians are needed. Some of the skills taught in such a program include maintenance of electrical systems and instruments, and control device calibration. Students also learn to install new control and electronic instrumentation and parts. Troubleshooting is a key skill, and students sharpen their problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities by participating in laboratory exercises. Some associate's degree programs may also require the completion of an internship to graduate.

Completion of an associate's degree in instrumentation technology requires satisfactory grades in general education courses. These courses are taken during the first year; core classes and laboratories are taken in the second. Core class topics include:

  • Process measurement systems
  • Pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Conduits
  • Management systems for equipment
  • Electronics and electricity
  • Blueprints

Popular Career Options

A certificate program in instrumentation technology prepares graduates for entry-level careers in the field. Possible job titles include:

  • Instrumentation technician
  • Electronics technician
  • Engineering technician

Job Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians is expected to decline by 2% for the 2014-2024 period. The BLS reported in May 2015 that the median annual salary earned by these technicians was $61,130.

Instrumentation certificate and degree programs allow students to learn the skills necessary to work as electrical and electronic engineering technicians.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma of GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?