Industrial Instrumentation and Control

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.

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

Student Profile

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter
  • Desire to know how things work
  • Enjoy math

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
FALL SEMESTER18
ELE120-EFundamentals of Electricity - DC4
ELE121-EFundamentals of Electricity - AC4
MAT123-EBasic Algebra and Trigonometry4
ElectiveCommunications*3
ElectiveHumanities/Social Science Elective3
SPRING SEMESTER20
ELE163-EElectrical Wiring3
ELT329-EDigital Electronics for ET4
ELT550-EAnalog Devices4
ELT193-EComputer Programming for Technicians3
MAT124-EAlgebra and Trigonometry**3
MFG548-EFluid Power3
SUMMER TERM9
ELE186-CRelay Logic4
ELT225-EIntroduction to PLCs4
SDV135-CJob Seeking Skills1
FALL SEMESTER16
EGT801-EInternship**6
ELT645-EProcess Measurement10
SPRING SEMESTER22
ELT261-EAdvanced PLCs9
ELT631-EMicroprocessors & Interfacing6
ELT646-EProcess Control7

*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.

More Information

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

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.

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
Sheldon, IA

Industrial Instrumentation - Student

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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