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Instrumentation & Control Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

This program will prepare you for a career as an instrumentation and control technician for high-tech industries such as power generation plants, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, canneries, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, semi conductor manufacturing plants, and pulp and paper mills.

You will learn how to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation 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.

Employment Information


85% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

57% BTC graduate placement rate in WA and OR

$55,557 starting annual wage

$65,510 average annual wage

$77,012 potential annual wage

*Many Instrumentation & Control Technology students are employed outside of WA & OR. According to BTC faculty records, 85% of 201-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 graduates were employed in their field of study within 9 months of graduation.

Employment and wage data sources

Estimated Program Costs:


Estimated Books, Tools and Supplies Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates


Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $65,510 with an earning potential of about $77,012 per year.* The need for industry to reduce operating expenses requires continual investment in automation, which means more jobs for instrumentation technicians.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as instrumentation and process control technicians in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, food processing, pulp/paper mills, power plants, metal smelters, systems integrators, research and development or water/sewage treatment facilities. Opportunities also exist in medical instrumentation, chemical plants, canneries, aerospace, sales and communications.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2019-20 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS123 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS123 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


  • This program admits students approximately two times a year.
  • Students are encouraged to have their high school diploma or GED by graduation, because many employers require this credential as a condition of employment.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.


Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 099) or placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH&141) is a required prerequisite for enrollment in this Program.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Communication - Communicates and expresses thoughts across a variety of mediums (verbal, written, visually) to effectively persuade, inform, and clarify ideas with colleagues.
  • Time Management - Arrives on time and prepared to work; budgets time an meets deadlines when performing technical tasks and projects.
  • Safety - Complies with national, state, and local safety regulations when repairing, calibrating, and installing instruments.
  • Diagnose and Repair Existing Instruments - Assesses, diagnoses, and repairs faulty instruments in measurement and control systems using logical procedures and appropriate test equipment.
  • Install and Configure New Instruments - Builds, configures, and installs new instrument systems according to plans, applying industry construction standards, and ensuring correct system operation when complete.
  • Process Control Optimization - Improve system functions by evaluating control system performance; implements strategies to tune and stabilize control systems.
  • Instrument Calibration - Assesses instrument accuracy and correct inaccuracies using appropriate calibration procedures and test equipment.
  • Documents Instrument Systems - Interprets and creates technical documents (electronic schematics, loop diagrams, and P&IDs) according to industry (EIA, ISA) standards.
  • Self-Directing Learning - Selects and researches relevant information sources to learn new principles, technologies, and techniques.
  • Career Development - Researches and seeks opportunities for promotion and job advancements in work and career settings.

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Matthew Ziels

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

Degrees and Certifications


AAS, Instrumentation & Control Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360-752-8568
MZiels@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B13-A


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Ron Felix

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

Contact Info


360 752-8482
rfelix@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 136


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 $65,510, with an earning potential of about $77,012 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.

Employment Information


85% BTC graduate placement rate in all states*

57% BTC graduate placement rate in WA and OR

$55,557 starting annual wage

$65,510 average annual wage

$77,012 potential annual wage

*Many Instrumentation & Control Technology students are employed outside of WA & OR. According to BTC faculty records, 85% of 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 graduates were employed in their field of study within 9 months of graduation.

Employment and wage data sources

Estimated Program Costs:


Estimated Books, Tools and Supplies Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates


Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $65,510 with an earning potential of about $77,012 per year.* The need for industry to reduce operating expenses requires continual investment in automation, which means more jobs for instrumentation technicians.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as instrumentation and process control technicians in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, food processing, pulp/paper mills, power plants, metal smelters, systems integrators, research and development or water/sewage treatment facilities. Opportunities also exist in medical instrumentation, chemical plants, canneries, aerospace, sales and communications.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2019-20 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS118 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS118 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


  • This program admits students approximately two times a year.
  • Students are encouraged to have their high school diploma or GED by graduation, because many employers require this credential as a condition of employment.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.


Pre-Program Course Requirements


  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 099) or placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH&141) is a required prerequisite for enrollment in this Program.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Communication - Communicates and expresses thoughts across a variety of mediums (verbal, written, visually) to effectively persuade, inform, and clarify ideas with colleagues.
  • Time Management - Arrives on time and prepared to work; budgets time an meets deadlines when performing technical tasks and projects.
  • Safety - Complies with national, state, and local safety regulations when repairing, calibrating, and installing instruments.
  • Diagnose and Repair Existing Instruments - Assesses, diagnoses, and repairs faulty instruments in measurement and control systems using logical procedures and appropriate test equipment.
  • Install and Configure New Instruments - Builds, configures, and installs new instrument systems according to plans, applying industry construction standards, and ensuring correct system operation when complete.
  • Process Control Optimization - Improve system functions by evaluating control system performance; implements strategies to tune and stabilize control systems.
  • Instrument Calibration - Assesses instrument accuracy and correct inaccuracies using appropriate calibration procedures and test equipment.
  • Documents Instrument Systems - Interprets and creates technical documents (electronic schematics, loop diagrams, and P&IDs) according to industry (EIA, ISA) standards.
  • Self-Directing Learning - Selects and researches relevant information sources to learn new principles, technologies, and techniques.
  • Career Development - Researches and seeks opportunities for promotion and job advancements in work and career settings.

Matthew Ziels - Instructor image

Matthew Ziels

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

Degrees and Certifications


AAS, Instrumentation & Control Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


360-752-8568
MZiels@btc.edu
B Building (B) - Room B13-A


Ron Felix - Instructor image

Ron Felix

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

Contact Info


360 752-8482
rfelix@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 136