Instrumentation Technology, Enhanced Skills Certificate
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.
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 contact 281-998-6150, x1352 or email
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 (ethylene glycol and water separation) unit to explore maintenance issues and control strategies.
Our primary focus is in providing the local processing industry with good, 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.
Enhanced Skills Certificate
The enhanced skills certificate in instrumentation technology is designed for students who have completed the instrumentation technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
Plan of Study
Please see Instrumentation Technology, Associate of Applied Science page for more information.
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