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Instrumentation Technology


Instrumentation technology programs prepare people to help engineers design measuring tools and instruments.

Instrumentation technology programs teach people how instruments are used to complete specific tasks. Students learn to build, calibrate, and maintain tools.

Instrumentation technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in instrumentation technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in instrumentation technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many jobs in this field require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Certifications are available from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.

Plan to continue taking classes throughout your career to keep your skills up to date.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (Central/Mohler Campus)

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Lower Columbia College

Yakima Area

Perry Technical Institute

Yakima Valley College