Automation and Instrumentation Technologies

Automation and Instrumentation Technologies

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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.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

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Program Costs

Automation and Instrumentation Technologies 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 13 16 29
Tuition: $2,418 $2,976 $5,394
Fees: $907 $120 $1,027
Books: $377 $166.25 $543.25



Credits: 11 11
Tuition: $2,046 $2,046
Fees: $165 $165
Books: $245 $245


Year Two

Credits: 17 12 29
Tuition: $3,162 $2,232 $5,394
Fees: $105 $90 $195
Books: $360.50  – $360.50




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee, and Ancillary Expenses (Tool Sets)
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/21/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Automation and Instrumentation Technologies program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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What career could this lead to?

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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 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.

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

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.


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