Instrumentation and Controls Technology

Instrumentation and Controls Technology

Instrumentation and Controls Technology (AAS.INST) 69-71 credit hours
Instrumentation & Controls Technology (CER.INST) 32-33 credit hours

Highly Automated System HAS-200 available for the Instrumentation and Controls Technology ProgramSan Juan College offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Instrumentation and Controls Technology. This is the premier  Instrumentation and Controls Technology program in the Southwest region, handling regular college students, industry apprenticeship students, internships, as well as local area high school students.

In recognition of the trend in industry, this program trains student as an Instrument Control Electrician, which combines the two crafts of Instrument Tech and Industrial Electrician. In the San Juan Basin, instrumentation and controls technicians are in demand to work in jobs ranging from automation technician in the oilfield and refineries to controls technician at the local power plants.

Careers for Instrumentation and
Controls Technology Grads

Instrumentation & Control (I & C) technicians are the people who install, maintain and troubleshoot automatically controlled processes. The four process variables (measurements) that have traditionally been the foundation of I & C are pressure, flow, level and temperature. As technology has advanced, a large number of additional control variables have been added. 

Today, most plants (such as refineries, power generation, boiler operations, etc.) and manufacturing processes are controlled automatically.  Currently, there is an emphasis on automation in the oil field. This automation begins with electronic gas flow measurement and transmission of measured data from remote locations to a central office, and subsequent remote control of well head, collection, and distribution operations. For example, one local operation can directly control a particular valve at a well site in the San Juan Basin from company offices in London, England. 
A survey of local industries shows a continuing need for at least 20 entry level Instrument Technicians a year.  That need is expected to grow as more industries relocate to San Juan County.

Who is the program for?

By offering day and evening classes, our program is flexible enough to serve full time students who are changing careers or part time students working to upgrade their skills and knowledge. 

New Student Information Packet


Rick DeLaBarcena, Coordinator -  (505) 566-3513
Larry Kraemer, Associate Professor -  (505) 566-3644
Bill McQueen, Assistant Professor -  (505) 566-3228
Dale Stevenson, Instructor - (505) 5663228
Instrumentation and Controls Lab  (505) 566-3402


For more information, please call Rick DeLaBarcena at (505) 566-3513. Or send an email to