Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
(option to earn Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology through Dordt College)
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.