Associate of Applied Science Degree
Instrumentation & Control Overview
Instrumentation and process control technicians install, maintain, repair, and adjust the measuring and controlling instruments that make plants run safely. Bellingham Technical College’s Instrumentation & Control program will give you training for a career as an instrumentation technician for high-tech industries such as power generation plants, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, canneries, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, semiconductor manufacturing plants, and pulp and paper mills.
BTC’s classes in the Instrumentation & Control program will train you to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instruments and control systems in industries that increasingly rely on automation. Instrumentation & Control is a great program choice if you’re looking for a high-wage career with employment potential across the nation and beyond.
Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities
AAS- Associate Degree: Take seven quarters of instrumentation classes and training, and graduate from Bellingham Technical College with your associate degree in Instrumentation & Control, ready to get top jobs in a variety of industries.
AAS-T Transfer Degree: Take seven quarters of general education and instrumentation classes. After completing the courses and training, you’ll be ready to get jobs in the instrumentation field, or you can transfer your class credits to a four-year university or college to earn your bachelor’s degree.
Instrumentation Jobs & Employment Outlook
The average annual wage for instrumentation and control technicians is $65,166, with an earning potential of about $75,920 per year.* The need for industry to reduce operating expenses requires continual investment in automation and specialized instruments, which means more jobs for trained instrumentation technicians.
Most Bellingham Technical College Instrumentation & Control program graduates use their training to find jobs as instrument technicians and process control technicians in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, food processing plants, pulp and paper mills, power plants, metal smelters, systems integrators, research and development labs, or water and sewage treatment facilities. Opportunities also exist in medical instrumentation, chemical plants, canneries, aerospace, sales and communications.
83% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*
51% BTC graduate placement rate in WA and OR
$53,009 starting annual wage
$65,166 average annual wage
$75,920 potential annual wage
*Many Instrumentation & Control Technology students are employed outside of WA & OR. According to BTC faculty records, 83% of 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 graduates were employed in their field of study within 9 months of graduation.
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