Schools for Aspiring Instrument Technicians

Prospective instrument technicians have many choices regarding career fields and education. Instrument technicians typically work in the science, medical or technological fields after completing an associate's degree program. To learn more about how to select the right program for you, keep reading.

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Prospective instrument technicians can enroll in certificate or degree programs in instrumentation technology, biomedical technology or laboratory technology. These programs are widely available at community colleges and vocational schools.

Schools with Instrument Technician Degree Programs

The following colleges and universities offer training programs for people interested in working as instrument technicians.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
Bishop State Community College Mobile, AL Public, 2-year Associate's $4,320 (in-state), $7,770 (out-of-state)
Maysville Community and Technical College Maysville, KY Public, 2-year Associate's $3,624 (in-state), $12,456 (out-of-state)
St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN Public, 2-year Diploma, Associate's $5,325
University of Alaska - Anchorage Anchorage, AK Public, 4-year Associate's $5,545 (in-state), $17,177 (out-of-state)
West Virginia University - Parkersburg Parkersburg, WV Public, 4-year, primarily associate's Certificate, Associate's $3,216 (in-state), $11,559 (out-of-state)
California University of Pennsylvania California, PA Public, 4-year Associate's $9,936 (in-state), $14,069 (out-of-state)
Amarillo College Amarillo, TX Public, 2-year Certificate, Associate's $2,010 (in-district), $3,042 (in-state), $4,578 (out-of-state)
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK Public, 4-year, primarily associate's Associate's, Bachelor's $4,860 (in-state), $10,470 (out-of-state)
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID Public, 4-year Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's $6,784 (in-state), $20,182 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Schools Selection Criteria

Some considerations for selecting a program in this field are outlined below:

  • Prospective programs should provide hands-on training with instrumentation through laboratories or cooperative internships.
  • Students should seek courses in diagnostics and installation so they are ready for problems they may encounter on the job.
  • Students should consider the regulations of the health boards or occupational licensing committees in their state and find schools that prepare them for any licensure or certification exams.
  • Students interested in earning voluntary certifications from such associations as the International Society of Automation, the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, should ensure a program will meet any accreditation or education requirements.

Associate's Degrees in Instrumentation

These associate's degree programs are designed for those looking for industrial careers, such as manufacturing or electrical instrument technicians. These programs include general education requirements in trigonometry and technical writing. The instrumentation portion of the curriculum incorporates courses in electricity, computer technology and programmable logic controls.

Associate's Degrees in Biomedical Technology or Laboratory Technology

Laboratory technology programs are designed for instrument technicians interested in health care professions. Laboratory technology programs involve training with tissue and blood sampling techniques. Biomedical technology programs involve instrumentation techniques, while surgical technology programs teach students to prepare and pass instruments to doctors performing surgical procedures.

For individuals hoping to work as instrument technicians in the medical or manufacturing fields, a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree program can help them gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful when they look for jobs. Prior to enrolling, students should ensure a program is accredited and can provide them with adequate hands-on training.

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