Instrumentation and Control Technology

LIMITED ENROLLMENT ON CAMPUS AND ONLINE
Delivery method: On campus, online
Program begins: Fall only

Program Description

The Instrumentation & Control Technology program at BSC combines theory and hands-on training with state-of-the-art instruments, working processes and computerized control systems. Students learn to install, test, calibrate and maintain instruments that measure, indicate and control variables such as pressure, flow, level, density, temperature, force, vibration and chemical composition. Students apply math and physics concepts and industry standards to realistic situations encountered on the job. Additional instruction includes updating system documentation and building or modifying specialized systems to solve problems in measurement and control. A limited number of students will be accepted to both the online and on campus programs in the Fall. Online degree seeking students are required to complete third and fourth semester program labs on-campus during the summer. Online students employed in the I&C industry or related field may have the option to complete the labs remotely.

Preparation

Instrumentation & Control technicians need mechanical aptitude and the ability to solve problems intuitively. Some knowledge of electricity is helpful. Students benefit from background in high school algebra, physics and basic computer literacy, plus good reading and interpersonal skills.

Prospective students should be prepared to meet the physical requirements of work in this field. Fear of heights or color blindness may limit the graduate’s employment opportunities. The duties of an instrument technician may involve working rotating shifts, but this is not typical. Most industrial facilities require entry-level applicants to pass a physical and drug test.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive a Program Certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER Math – 41 (elementary algebra)
  • ACT Math - 16
  • COMPASS Math – 34 (pre-algebra)

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Career Opportunities

The program is intense and directly applicable to the job market. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in electrical generation facilities (power plants, etc.), refining (oil, ethanol, chemical processing, etc.), water treatment, food processing and manufacturing facilities. The program maintains contact with the instrumentation and control industry and assists with placement.

Additional Information

Credits from this program may be applied to BSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Energy Management, offered entirely online. The BAS is designed for individuals interested in supervisory and management positions in the energy industry. The BAS builds on the foundation laid in an AAS degree and includes general education classes, core management courses, and energy specific management courses.

BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence was designated as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman in 2007. This official designation recognizes BSC as the premier national center of education and training for operators and technicians in the energy industry.

Contact

701-224-5651 • 800-852-5685
bsc.energy@bismarckstate.edu
 

ELEC 100. Direct Current Analysis

Credits: 4
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 100L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The study of the concepts of current, voltage and resistance through problem solving and schematic drawings as they apply to DC circuits analysis.

ELEC 100L. Direct Current Analysis Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 100 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ELEC 114. Digital Electronics I

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 114L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The study of number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra, and combination logic circuits.

ELEC 114L. Digital Electronics I Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 114 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ELEC 115. Digital Electronics II

Credits: 3
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 115L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The study of arithmetic circuits, code converters, decoders, encoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, multivibrators, and flip-flops.

ELEC 115L. Digital Electronics II Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 115 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provide hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ELEC 118. Solid State Devices I

Credits: 4
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 118L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The study of semiconductor physics, fundamentals of semiconductors, power supplies, transistors, characteristics of biasing circuits, amplifier properties, and FET characteristics and applications.

ELEC 118L. Solid State Devices I Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 118 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ELEC 120. AC Analysis

Credits: 4
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 120L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The study of dB, complex numbers, RC, RI and RLC circuits, resonance, and passive and active filters.

ELEC 120L. AC Analysis Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 120 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ELEC 130. Active Devices

Credits: 4
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 130L or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The study of various electronic devices and circuitry including; Thyristors, Operational Amplifiers, and Regulated Power Supplies.

ELEC 130L. Active Devices Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Concurrent registration in, or previous successful completion of, ELEC 130 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.

ICTL 205. Mechanical Practices

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of 1st year Electronics/Telecommunications Technology program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course covers the types of bolts and their ratings, properties of materials, pipe sizes and threads, types of tubing/application, hoses and their fittings, tubing bending, gaskets and O rings. Other topics include instrument installation, compression fittings, introduction to conduit bending and proper use of conduit fittings and flex conduit.

ICTL 205L. Mechanical Practices Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of first year Electronics/ Telecommunications Technology Program.
Corequisites: ICTL 205 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class. This lab is only available on campus.

ICTL 215. Instrumentation Drawings and Documents

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of 1st year Electronics/Telecommuncations Technology program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
Topics covered in this course include plant terminology, piping and industrial diagrams (P&ID), electrical and wiring diagrams, graphs, charts, documentation of settings and records keeping, calibration practices and standards, flow, pressure, position, level, temperature and analytical measurements. The use and care of test equipment is also covered.

ICTL 215L. Instrument Drawings and Documents Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of first year Electronics/ Telecommunications Technology Program.
Corequisite: ICTL 215 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class. This lab is only available on campus.

ICTL 225. Input and Output Devices

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of 1st year Electronics/Telecommunications Technology program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
In this course students will study measurement sensors such as proximity sensors and switches, motion detectors, analog and smart transmitters, and temperature devices. Other topics include valves and their types, valve positioners, current to pneumatic (I/P) converters, electric drives and motor starters, dampers and linkages.

ICTL 225L. Input and Output Devices Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of first year Electronics/Telecommunications Technology Program.
Corequisites: ICTL 225 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class. This lab is only available on campus.

ICTL 235. Motors and Controllers

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of the 3rd semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Topics of study include, types of AC and DC motors, stepper motors, motor theory, types of motor controls, three phase power, Y and delta configurations, variable speed drives (variable frequency and variable DC), motor and other electrical equipment protection (breakers and overloads).

ICTL 235L. Motors and Controllers Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of the third semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Corequisites: ICTL 235 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class. This lab is only available on campus.

ICTL 245. Controls

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of the 3rd semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The student will gain a basic understanding of major components of the following types of controllers: programmable logic controllers (PLC), personal computers (PC), distributive control systems (DCS). Programming ladder logic, relay logic, function block control logic, relay logic, digital communications, networking, common and typical controller I/O types will be studied.

ICTL 245L. Controls Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of the third semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Corequisites: ICTL 245 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class.This lab is only available on campus.

ICTL 255. Automation Overview

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of the 3rd semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will learn to demonstrate a process control loop by building, commissioning, troubleshooting and operating a simulated control loop using interlocking logic and control processor algorithms including proportions, integral and derivative (PID) and loop tuning. Students will participate in tours of different facilities such as power plants, refineries, manufacturing facilities, coal gasification plant and food processing plants.

ICTL 255L. Automation Overview Lab

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of the third semester of the I&C program or departmental approval.
Corequisites: ICTL 255 or equivalent and departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The lab portion of the course is a lab/lecture, which provides hands-on verification of the theory presented in class. This lab is only available on campus.