Students interested in the field of instrumentation technology can enroll in a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree available at several colleges and universities in the U.S.
Schools with Instrumentation Technology Programs
Instrumentation technology programs can be pursued at these schools.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology||Okmulgee, OK||4-year, primarily associates, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $4,860*; Out-of-state: $10,470*|
|Lamar Institute of Technology||Beaumont, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state: $4,401*; Out-of-state: $13,761*|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district: $1,632; In-state: $3,360*; Out-of-state: $3,756*|
|San Jacinto College||Pasadena, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district: $1,408; In-state: $2,416*; Out-of-state: $3,688*|
|Victoria College||Victoria, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district: $2,640; In-state: $4,050*; Out-of-state: $4,650*|
|Delaware Technical Community College||Dover, DE||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state (per credit): $139.75**; Out-of-state (per credit):$349.50**|
|Pearl River Community College||Poplarville, MS||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $2,855*; Out-of-state: $5,253*|
|New River Community College||Dublin, VA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $4,352*; Out-of-state: $10,190*|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,432.93 (program)**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School Websites
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of important things to consider when choosing an instrumentation program.
- Certificate programs in instrumentation technology focus on core principles while associate and bachelor's degree programs offer core coursework with a wide selection of elective coursework.
- Internship opportunities that allow students to work with trained professionals in specific areas of the industry are more commonly available through degree programs.
- Review the facilities to determine that the latest technology is being incorporated into your training.
Certificate in Instrumentation
Certificate programs in instrumentation can usually be completed in 1-2 semesters. Coursework includes basic topics in electricity, measurement, equipment management and logic controllers.
Associate Degree in Instrumentation
Associate degree programs feature courses in mathematics and chemistry, as well as more advanced topics in instrumentation. Internship opportunities may be available, and curricula include general education courses.
Bachelor's Degree in Instrumentation
Bachelor's degree programs combine coursework in engineering, mathematics and technology. Some schools offer concentrated studies, such as instrumentation, management or surveying. A capstone project or internship may be required for successful completion.
Choosing an instrumentation program begins with determining which level of credentials are best suited to your goals. Location, cost, facilities and internship opportunities may also play a factor in making a decision on a program in this field.