Industrial Instrumentation and Control General Info
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.
- Associate of Applied Science Degree (option to earn Bachelor’s Degree through Dordt College)
- Four Semesters & One Summer Term
- Fall semester entry
- Problem-solving skills
- Desire to know how things work
- Enjoy math
Requirements for this program
|ELE120-E||Fundamentals of Electricity - DC||4|
|ELE121-E||Fundamentals of Electricity - AC||4|
|MAT123-E||Basic Algebra and Trigonometry||4|
|Elective||Humanities/Social Science Elective||3|
|ELT329-E||Digital Electronics for ET||4|
|ELT193-E||Computer Programming for Technicians||3|
|MAT124-E||Algebra and Trigonometry**||3|
|ELT225-E||Introduction to PLCs||4|
|SDV135-C||Job Seeking Skills||1|
|ELT631-E||Microprocessors & Interfacing||6|
*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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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. NCC was recently recognized as having the #1 Electrical programs in the Nation!
Student Story Joe DeJong
“I knew NCC was affordable and this program had a lot of job opportunities after graduation compared to a lot of other colleges. It’s fun creating something and making it work!”
Industrial Instrumentation & Control student
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