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Instrumentation & Process Control Technology

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Program Description

The program prepares individuals with entry-level skills for a career in process technology. They will learn electronic engineering principles and technical skills. They apply those skills in the fields of instrumentation measurement and industrial control systems which include automated systems and process control. This also includes plant equipment maintenance, embedded micro-controllers and data acquisition systems.

This program centers on the areas of AC/DC electronics, digital and analog circuits. CTE students will learn to use electronic test equipment and computers for analysis. They will develop problem solving skills. Students will learn to read electrical schematics, process/system diagrams and instrument diagrams. They will also have the opportunity to earn a Level 1 Certificate in Process Technology.

Technicians install, maintain and repair. They also adjust the measuring and controlling instruments that make plants run safely. Individuals can find careers at power generation plants and water treatment facilities. Other possibilities include chemical manufacturing plants, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, power plants, mining, medical device testing, paper mills, semiconductor manufacturing plants and petro-chemical production. These are industries that increasingly rely on automation. This is a great program choice for individuals looking for a high-wage career. There is employment potential across the nation and beyond.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Process Measurement Devices, Control Methods and Strategies
  • Develop, Construct & Check Process Control Loop
  • Specialized Test Equipment & Hand Tools
  • Industrial Instrumentation & Maintenance
  • Technical Communication

Business and Industry Partners

GE Oil & Gas · Halliburton · FMC · National Oilwell Varco

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Petrochemical Safety, Health and Environment Introduction to Process Control Technology Oil and Gas Production I Oil and Gas Production II

Industry Certifications

  • Course Toward Level 2 Certificate

Possible Career Pathways

  • Electrical Instrumentation Control Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Instrumentation Specialist / Technician/Engineer
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Instrumentation Services Manager
  • Refinery Instrumentation & Controls Project Manager
  • Instrumentation & Controls Technician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Flight Test Instrumentation Engineer
  • Analytical Instrumentation Service Engineer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Construction Specialist
  • Sales Engineer
  • Control Technician
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

Starting Salary

$35,000 - $45,000
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

  • Lone Star College