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College Catalog: Science, Technology, and Computing: Instrumentation

Program: Instrumentation
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-938-21
Length: 17 credit hours, 1-2 semesters
Lead Faculty: David Lorenz

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.

Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Instrumentation is designed for a student who wishes to obtain the skills necessary to work in the area installation, maintenance and calibration of devices used in the automation of industrial processes. These devices measure and control the pressure, temperature, level and flow of processes used in automated manufacturing and production. This technology utilizes piping, process, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, computer and networking technologies.

Occupational Objectives: Upon completion of the Career Studies Certificate in Instrumentation graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions as construction and maintenance Instrument Technicians, Instrument and Electrical Technicians, Process Technicians, Contract Technicians as well as Sales and Service Representatives. Technicians may be employed in environmental quality and emission monitoring, nuclear and conventional power plants, metal refining, mining, pulp and paper production, instrument manufacturing, petrochemical plants, petroleum refining, automobile manufacturing, plant construction, offshore services, aerospace & defense technology, engineering and design services, building and amusement park automation, food and beverage processing plants, water and sewage treatment plants.

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.

Program Requirements: The Career Studies Certificate in Instrumentation is designed to develop the job skills required of a person who is engaged as an entry-level positions as construction and maintenance Instrument Technicians, Instrument and Electrical Technicians, Process Technicians, Contract Technicians as well as Sales and Service Representatives. All classes will be offered in catalog order only; therefore, it is necessary to take all classes in sequence as they will not be repeated until the following year. Candidates for the Instrumentation Certificate Program must successfully complete all required courses and earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.

Instrumentation Career Studies Certificate
Required Courses and Credits
DRF 175 Schematic and Mechanical Diagrams 2
ELE 150 AC and DC Circuit Fundamentals 3
ELE 160 Power Controls 3
ELE 216 Industrial Electricity 3
ELE 239 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
INS 110 Principles of Instrumentation 3
Total Program Credits 17