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Industrial Instrumentation & Control

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree

(option to earn Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology through Dordt College)

Length: Four semesters & one summer term
Fall semester entry


Instrumentation and Control technicians solve electrical, electronic, and computer problems using their minds and hands. These technicians install, upgrade, maintain, and repair automated equipment in industries that produce everything from appliances, medical equipment, ethanol and electric power. As an Instrumentation and Control student you learn calibration and control of industrial process equipment. You learn about process variables such as motor speed, temperature control, humidity control, pressure, level, and flow rate.

To enter this high-tech program you should have an interest in problem solving. The program has high school options and part-time schedules available. The program includes a 42-day Internship in the fall semester of the second year.

NCC has the only Industrial Instrumentation and Control program in Iowa. Partnerships with several area industries allow greater learning opportunities, and the diversity of the program allows you a wide choice of employment after you graduate. There is a critical shortage of people who are trained in Industrial Instrumentation and Control. Graduates are working in food processing facilities, manufacturing plants, electrical power generating plants, ethanol plants, and more.

One year of high school algebra is recommended.

Where will I get a job?
The demand for these jobs will continue to increase as technology changes escalate! Any industrial backdrop (location) can employ graduates of this program. You could work in food processing facilities, electrical power generating plants, ethanol plants, or any manufacturing company that turns out an industrialized manufactured good. Job titles include Instrumentation Technician, Control Technician, Maintenance Technician, Control System Analyst, PLC Programmer, Process Improvement Technician, Machine Technician, or Technical Sales Personnel.

How much $ will I make?
Industrial Instrumentation & Control graduates are some of the highest paid alumnus of NCC with a wage range of $19–$23/hour; $20.50/hour average according to the latest Placement Report.

What kind of classes will I take?
30–40% of time is spent in lecture; 60–70% of your time will be in the lab.

What’s unique about this program?
NCC has the only Industrial Instrumentation & Control program in Iowa. Students compete annually at state, district, national, and international competitions in electronics & instrumentation. Recent awards include receiving second place at international competition. NCC’s Instrumentation Program includes a 42-day Internship in the Fall of the second year.
Student Profile
• Problem-solving skills
• Self-starter
• Desire to know how things work
• Enjoy math

Fall Semester

 

18


Course #
Title Credits
ELE120-E
Fundamentals of Electricity - DC
4
ELE121-E  Fundamentals of Electricity - AC 4
MAT123-E Basic Algebra and Trigonometry
4
Elective Communications*
3
Elective Humanities/Social Science Elective
3

Spring Semester


20


ELE163-E Electrical Wiring
3
ELT329-E Digital Electronics for ET     
4
ELT550-E Analog Devices          
4
ELT193-E
Computer Programming for Technicians
3
MAT124-E
Algebra and Trigonometry**
3
MFG548-E
Fluid Power
3

Summer Term


9


ELE186-C Relay Logic
4
ELT225-E Introduction to PLCs
4
SDV135-C Job Seeking Skills
1

Fall Semester


16

     
EGT801-E
Internship***
6
ELT645-E Process Measurement
10

Spring Semester


22


ELT261-E Advanced PLCs
9
ELT631-E
Microprocessors & Interfacing
6
ELT646-E Process Control 7

*You may select any communications course with A or E suffix.
**You may take MAT121-A or MAT 130-A in place of this math course if available.
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to participate in the internship course.



 

Russ Gaalswyk

Instructor - Industrial Instrumentation & Controls
Email me at RGaalswyk@nwicc.edu





Text 712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907
Email studentservices@nwicc.edu

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at nwicc.edu/compliance