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Instrumentation and Controls Technology, One Year Certificate

Build the skills and knowledge you need to work in instrumentation control at San Juan College. Our Instrumentation and Controls Technology One Year Certificate program provides the core skills in installing, maintaining, and repairing the devices and the systems that facilitate the industrial automation process. Learn to work alongside a team of engineers in factories and plants to help meet quality and safety standards. Be ready for this high-demand career by studying at SJC.

Why Complete a Certificate in Instrumentation and Controls Technology?

Workers in the field of instrumentation control play an essential role in many industries to ensure quality and safety. They use special equipment and tools to measure properties like temperature, pressure, and flow.

By earning a certificate in instrumentation and controls technology, you'll understand how to use the technology you need for an entry-level career. There is currently a large demand for qualified workers, so our certificate program is perfect if you want to enter the field.

Who Should Enroll in the Certificate Program?

The Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate is a great program for you if you are looking to change careers and already have a college degree or if you have working experience in a related industry.

You should also enroll in the certificate program if you prefer to finish the in-person, hands-on core classes first, and then complete the AAS degree online at a later time. 

Why Earn an Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate at San Juan College?

Prepare for a Career

The instrumentation and controls technology program provides you with fundamental knowledge and skills. You'll get all the skills and experience you need from our expert instructors. Our core class training focus on the essential skillsets such as:

  • AC and DC circuits
  • Industrial measurement and calibration
  • Motors and controls
  • National Electrical Code
  • Process control

Gain Experiential Learning

The emphasis of the Instrumentation program is on experiential learning, where more than 70% of the fundamental curriculum involves practical activities. The students collaborate with the instructors in small groups to gain hands-on experience.

Affordable Program to Start Your Career

The Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate program is a great investment for you because of SJC's low tuition rates. You'll be able to complete the program in one year while receiving an excellent, hands-on education. Find out if you can get your degree tuition-free through the NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships.

What You'll Learn in the Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate Program

Prepare for a career in instrumentation and controls by completing SJC's certificate program. You'll gain essential knowledge and build important skills that will set you up for success. Through your courses, you will:

  • Analyze DC and AC electrical circuits
  • Demonstrate industrial measurement and calibration skills
  • Tune, analyze, and troubleshoot industrial processes
  • Understand, wire, and troubleshoot motor control circuits
  • Wire industrial electrical circuits safely
  • Write basic Allen-Bradley programmable logic controller (PLC) programs and troubleshoot PLC systems

Instrumentation and Controls Technology Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

With the increase in automation, there is an increased need for qualified workers who can work with instrumentation and controls. With your skills, you'll be able to find a career maintaining and repairing control systems.

Your job prospects will be higher if you already have a college degree or have previous experience in the field. Still, we have found that our students are very competitive in the job market. With the shortage of workers in this industry, many companies are open to hiring students with certificates. If you earn a certificate, we encourage you to return to SJC to earn your Associate in Applied Science degree in Instrumentation Controls and Electrical Technology.

Industries that employ people with instrumentation control skills include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Natural gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power generation
  • Refineries
  • Renewable energy
  • Semiconductors
  • Water treatment

The Instrumentation and Controls Technology One Year Certificate opens the door to positions such as:

  • Automation technician
  • Controls technician
  • Instrumentation and electrical technician (I&E technician)
  • Instrumentation and controls technician (I&C technician)
  • Measurement technician
  • PLC technician

Next Steps

To enroll in the Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate courses, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Instrumentation and Controls Technology Certificate program.

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