Instrumentation & Process Control Technology

Program Description

The program prepares individuals with entry-level skills for a career in process technology. They will learn electronic engineering principles and technical skills. They apply those skills in the fields of instrumentation measurement and industrial control systems, which include automated systems and process control. This also includes plant and equipment maintenance, embedded micro-controllers and data acquisition systems.

This program centers on the areas of AC/DC electronics, digital and analog circuits. CTE students will learn to use electronic test equipment and computers for analysis. They will develop problem solving skills. Students will learn to read electrical schematics, process/system diagrams and instrument diagrams. They will also have the opportunity to earn credits towards a Level 1 Certificate in Process Technology.

Technicians install, maintain and repair the measuring and controlling instruments that make plants run safely. Individuals can find careers at power generation stations, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, power plants, mining, medical device testing, paper mills, semiconductor manufacturing plants, food and beverage plants and petrochemical production. These industries that increasingly rely on automation. This is a great program of choice for individuals looking for a high-wage career. There is employment potential across nation and beyond.

Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Process Measurement Devices, Control Methods and Strategies
  • Develop, Construct & Check Process Control Loop
  • Specialized Test Equipment & Hand Tools
  • Industrial Instrumentation & Maintenance
  • Technical Communication

Business and Industry Partners

Aramco Services · Baker Hughes · GE Oil & Gas · Halliburton · KBR · PetroEd · VAM USA

College Partners

Lone Star College

Program of Study

Industry Certifications

  • Course Toward Level 1 Certificate
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) Rigpass
  • IADC WellSharp

Possible Career Pathways

  • Electrical Instrumentation Control Technician & Engineer
  • Refinery Instrumentation & Controls Project Manager
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Instrumentation & Controls Technician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Flight Test Instrumentation Engineer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Sales Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Field Service Technician/Engineer
  • Field Services Manager/Director

*Median Pay Per Year

$46,150 – $102,160
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

*The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median Pay Per Year range includes occupations listed on Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Energy and Natural Resources Technology Petrochemical Safety, Health and Environment Oil and Gas Production I
Introduction to Process Technology
Oil and Gas Production II