Instrumentation Technology, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

As machines continue to evolve in digital sophistication, intricately connected and operated by complex control systems, instrument technicians have become indispensable to keeping the wheels of industry turning. Working in a comprehensive industrial computer control lab, students learn how to install, maintain, and troubleshoot intelligent integrated control systems, developing skills highly sought after in chemical plants, refineries, pipeline companies, power plants, water treatment facilities, all types of manufacturing plants, and many more businesses.

Career Opportunities

The primary focus of San Jacinto College’s Instrumentation Technology program is to provide the industry with high-quality, trainable, entry-level technicians. Our graduates will find employment in the following industries:

  • Chemical plants,
  • Oil refineries,
  • Oil exploration and production companies,
  • Cross-country pipeline companies,
  • Electrical power plants,
  • Municipal water treatment facilities,
  • Manufacturer field technician positions,
  • Instrumentation maintenance positions in large buildings or on campus-type facilities,
  • Manufacturing plants, and
  • Instrumentation sales.

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x1352 or email


Central Campus


Instrumentation Technology training at San Jacinto College falls into three categories: instrumentation installation, general instrument maintenance, and control systems technology.

Instrumentation technology is arguably the most technologically challenging field in industry today. Highly trained instrument technicians are responsible for installing, calibrating, and troubleshooting individual process instruments as well as complete control systems. They are expected to understand the workings of a process as well as the complexity of the control system.

Computer control in the processing industry provides a platform for more sophisticated control strategies, and requires connecting intelligent devices together through various networking systems and protocols.

Key facilities of the Instrumentation Technology program at San Jacinto College are equipped with both pneumatic and analog electronic lab control. We also have a 10-station Allen Bradley (AB Compact Logix) Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) lab and a 10-station Emerson Process Management DeltaV™ Distributed Control System (DCS) lab with 10 fully operational flowing process instrumented stations. In addition, we have access to a full-sized functioning distillation (propylene glycol and water separation) unit to explore maintenance issues and control strategies.

We have 16 Emerson Performance Learning Platforms (PLP) and students are introduced to these in INCR 1302 Physics of Instrumentation and INTC 2310 Principles of Industrial Measurement II. These consist of Rosemount SMART Transmitters Coriolis, Mag Meters, and Vortex Meters for flow. We have the Meriam and HART 475 Communicators that are used by the majority of industry, Fluke 787 Digital Multi Meters. A common theme here at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology program is the use of the DeltaV™ DCS as we have the DCS on the following: Emerson PLPs, Hot Unit, DCS Lab, and the Control Room, which operates the fully functioning Propylene Glycol Unit.

Our primary focus is in providing the local processing industry with solid, trainable entry-level technicians. However, our students will have the latitude of working in other related areas such as oil exploration and production, municipal water treatment facilities for cross-country pipeline companies, electrical power plants, and in manufacturer field technician positions.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ENER 1240 Employee Success in Energy Industry 2
INCR 1302 Physics of Instrumentation 3
OSHT 1320 Energy Industrial Safety 3
CETT 1302 Electricity Principles 3
TECM 1301 Industrial Mathematics (or higher) 1 3
Second Term
INTC 1322 Analog Controls I 3
INTC 1348 Analytical Instrumentation 3
INTC 1375 Sample Systems 3
CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture) 3
CHEM 1105 Introductory Chemistry I (lab) 1
INTC 2310 Principles of Industrial Measurement II 3
Summer Year One Term
ETWR 1302 Introduction to Technical Writing 2 3
Third Term
INTC 1315 Final Control Elements 3
ELPT 2319 Programmable Logic Controllers I 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
Fourth Term
INTC 2333 Instrumentation Systems Installation 3
INTC 2330
Instumentation Systems Troubleshooting
or Internship Instrumentation Technology/Technician
INTC 2359 Distributed Control Systems 3
Speech 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: INTC 2330 Instumentation Systems Troubleshooting or INTC 2388 Internship Instrumentation Technology/Technician

Verification of workplace competencies