Program at a Glance
The Instrumentation Technology program is a two-year program that provides the student with technical knowledge and skills necessary for gaining employment as an instrumentation technician in maintenance, diagnostics, engineering, or production in automated systems. Sometimes referred to as control technicians or maintenance technicians, they keep automated systems running. Examples of automation may include three-phase motor control, pneumatic control, computer, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The Instrumentation Technology curriculum focuses on electricity, electronics, fluid power, motors and controllers, programmable controls, robotics, interfacing technology, instrumentation and automated machine processes. The Associates of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Instrumentation Technology curriculum.
What can I expect from a career in Instrumentation (Automation and Controls) Technology?
The employment outlook for skilled instrumentation technicians is excellent. The Automation and Control Technician occupation is projected to have modest growth in the United States, 9 percent, over the projection decade, 2010 through 2020. However the occupation is projected to grow much faster than ever in Mississippi, 24 percent. Most job opportunities exist in manufacturing firms such as processing plants, power distribution and power generation plants, offshore industry, refineries, and shipyards. A smaller number of jobs will be found in government agencies like NASA, scientific or industrial research firms, or firms that specialize in doing instrumentation work for others.
Graduates can expect to find jobs in this general area that usually pay between $12 and $20 per hour. However, if you choose to relocate or work offshore, pay is usually between $25 and $40 per hour.
For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/