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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instrumentation Certificate

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If you seek a hands-on career in the high-tech industry and the opportunity to quickly enter the job market, consider a certificate as an Instrumentation Technician. Our program prepares you to be an effective, interdisciplinary problem solver. You will learn to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering used in automated manufacturing, and process control. You will become efficient at controlling a variety of fluid processes to control temperature, level, and pressure.

Program Overview

The Instrumentation program supplies local industries with knowledgeable technicians who can operate, maintain, and perform preventative and routine maintenance on process control devices. The program is designed to prepare workers to sit for the ISA Instrumentation certification exam.

Students will gain an understanding of the technology utilized in processing industries. Hands-on laboratories, in areas such as electricity and electronics, fluid power, and the basics of programmable logic controllers will prepare the students to be “work ready”. This program will give students a skill set that paves the way for a continuation of the Mechatronics A.A.S. program to become a certified technician.

Program Outcomes


  • Demonstrate professionalism (clean and complete uniform, on time, positive attitude, respectful).
  • Identify safety equipment.
  • Practice team building and effective communication.
  • Identify tools and equipment used in instrumentation.
  • Identify key elements in common instrumentation systems.
  • Understand the operation of instrumentation systems (pneumatic, electrical, and electronic).
  • Determine the application of instrumentation systems in the workplace.
  • Understand standard maintenance procedures, installation, and calibration practices involved in instrumentation.
  • Analyze and control process control systems.
  • Document and troubleshoot process control systems.

Career Opportunities

Instrumentation Technicians are in high demand around the globe, earning an average of $16 – $20 per hour, depending on their geographic region. Prospective employers in the region include Proctor and Gamble, EcoLab, Hood, Rustoleum and other firms in West Virginia, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Southern Pennsylvania.

Note: All salary estimations are based on the current position and educational trends. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

Curriculum for a Certificate in Instrumentation

General Education Core 6
Technical Core 24
Total Credit Hours Required 30

Program Disclaimer

This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year. Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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