Technical & Industrial Division

Instrument Mechanics Technology

Instrumentation and control technicians (industrial instrument mechanics) install, repair, maintain and adjust instruments used to measure and control industrial processes such as pulp and paper manufacturing, ship yards, mines, and petrochemical production, any many other industrial entreprises. Instrument technicians monitor atmospheric and envirnomental changes in industrial areas and buildings. These types of instruments are typically used for controlling factors such as the flow of gases or liquidstemperature of materials or stages of a processpressure maintained during a process-level of a material used or created during a process. They use a variety of instruments and devices to record and report these changes. 

Computers and associated software will be highly emphasized in the program recognizing the advancement of computer controlled systems in both the electrical and instrumentation trade. As an instrumentation technician, you will test, calibrate, install, repair, and inspect monitoring devices. You'll also perform general maintenance on the equipment and design new measuring and recording equipment. On a typical day, you will work with scientific and analytic computer software, calculators, voltage and current meters, and electronic probes in order to diagnose faults in circuitry.

Entrance requirements for this program include:

  • Must have completed the first year coursework for the Industrial Electronics program

Upon completion of the Instrument Mechanics Technology option in the Industrial Electronics Technology Program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate employabe skills, work habits, and customer relations
  • Practice laboratory industrial site electrical safety procedures
  • Understand and put into practice DC and AC circuit theory and principles
  • Demonstrate proper use of standard hand and power tools as required on the job
  • Draw and interpret electrical and electronic diagrams
  • Utilize internet resources as an aid in problem solving
  • Understand and construct, and test solid state, digital, and Microprocessor circuits
  • Troubleshoot electrical/electronic circuits
  • Program and troubleshoot micro-controller circuits
  • Interface microcontrollers with basic electronic circuits
  • Install and troubleshoot DC and AC motors and controls
  • Install, calibrate and troubleshoot industrial-grade sensors and transmitters
  • Understand and apply three-phase power basics and applications
  • Have basic knowledge of electrical power generation and distribution
  • Gain experience with operator interfaces
  • Program and troubleshoot systems using Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Utilize distributed control systems
  • Install and program operator interfaces