Automation and Instrumentation Technologies

Automation and Instrumentation Technologies

Explore High-Tech Automation Careers

Gear up for a broad range of careers in industrial automation and process control with Kirkwood’s Automation and Instrumentation Technologies program.

Our industry-guided curriculum combines with practical hands-on lab experience, where you’ll use state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge simulation software.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Automation and Instrumentation Technologies program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe work habits and maintain a safe working environment.  
  2. Explain and apply physics and mathematics principles specific to automation and instrumentation technologies, systems and solutions.
  3. Explain and apply industry skills and practices of electrical theory, circuits and applications.
  4. Explain and apply fluid power theory as it applies to automation and instrumentation technologies, systems and solutions.
  5. Integrate various hardware and software solutions to facilitate the creation of complete control solutions.
  6. Develop control systems, of varying scales, that provide specified functionality and meet specific operational criteria.
  7. Install, commission and troubleshoot a variety of technologies and solutions used in manufacturing and process control systems.
  8. Explain and apply a variety of control schemes and control strategies used in manufacturing and process control systems.

Industry Endorsements You'll Earn

  • OSHA 10-General Industry
  • 50+ High Voltage Arc Flash
  • Residential Voltage Arc Flash
  • Rigging, Lifting and Cribbing
  • JSEA-Job Safety and Environmental Analysis
  • OSHA 10-General Industry
  • 50+ High Voltage Arc Flash
  • Residential Voltage Arc Flash
  • Rigging, Lifting and Cribbing
  • JSEA-Job Safety and Environmental Analysis

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Here’s what you can expect when you enroll:

First Year

First year studies focus on concepts and technologies that include basic electrical theory, motors and transformers, industrial controls and wiring, electrical print design and reading, industrial maintenance concepts (mechanical and electrical), applied physics, and mathematics.

Second Year

During the second year, students will gain experience using a variety of solutions including industrial controls (electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), programmable automation controllers (PACs), process and instrumentation technologies, solid-state motor control technologies, automated conveying and material handling systems, inspection technologies, electronic operator interfaces (EOIs), motion control (servo and stepper controls), and automated manufacturing solutions.

Graduates

Graduates of this program will be exposed to and have experience with a broad, yet industry-specific, range of technologies and processes that will ensure they are well-rounded technically and will have the foundational knowledge and versatile skill set necessary to continue to learn and succeed in industry today.

The Automation Federation (AF) is an association of member organizations engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities. The Automation Federation provides industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations.

The Federation is the only organization that takes a holistic approach to automation; therefore, with the Automation Federation’s leadership and support, member organizations can work more effectively to fulfill their individual missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) serves as a forum where all fluid power channel partners work together to advance fluid power technology, strengthen the fluid power industry and foster members’ success.

Members include manufacturers of fluid power system and components, fluid power distributors, suppliers to the fluid peer industry, educators and researchers.

To provide students with a quality, hands-on experience that prepares them to enter industry and a solid foundational knowledge that stimulates continued growth and success in the fields of industrial automation and process control.


Questions?

Industrial Technologies
101 Jones Hall
319-398-4983
indtech@kirkwood.edu