Instrumentation & Control Technologies
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, advanced manufacturing will continue to be a high-growth industry through 2020. Employers need workers that will continually focus their attention on product and service innovation, as well as production and business processes.
Demand will remain high for ready and qualified employees that possess the technical skills essential to businesses that fall into the category of advanced manufacturing. Additionally, employers are seeking workers that:
- Are able to work in teams.
- Have strong computer skills.
- Are able to read and translate diagrams and flow charts.
- Have strong communication skills.
The A.A.S. instrumentation and control technologies degree program provides you with multidisciplinary expertise, which addresses workplace demands of emerging technology based businesses. In addition, it offers you basic proficiencies for emerging knowledge and skill areas in data acquisition, automation, mechatronics, and control systems.
The tight integration of the courses in mathematics and physics are leveraged in subsequent courses in electronics, design, process improvement, data acquisition, and automation technologies. Each of these courses are grouped in a context of active learning methodologies such as project based hands-on problem solving and case studies, and are reinforced through job shadowing and required internships.
Soft skills such as communication (written, verbal, presentation) and teamwork are integral parts of each of the technical courses in the program. The majority of the core courses needed for this degree is offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.
Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Communicate technical information professionally in written, verbal, and presentation format with attention to business outcomes. Practice and assess teamwork on a routine basis.
- Use, create, and assess quantitative models of systems based on fundamentals of integrated physics, mathematics and computation classes.
- Use CAD software to create solid models of parts and assemblies, applying ANSI standards for multi-views and dimensioning.
- Select material and processes appropriate for design projects, and access appropriate sources for assessing new materials and processes.
- Use, model, analyze, and build basic analog and digital circuits.
- Assess technical needs of appropriate sensors and signal conditioning to create and evaluate systems for data acquisition.
- Use and assess business case for automation systems entailing parts or all of programmable logic, automation control, mechatronics, and machine vision.
- Practice and articulate industry standard methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma for process and project planning and management.
- Learn heuristics of troubleshooting and practice safety procedures.