Instrumentation Technology

 Program Overview

Do you like to install, service and troubleshoot technology on equipment? 

Do you want to work at a plant?
Do you want a high paying position working with high tech equipment? 

To Learn More:

Tyree Bearden


Your Pathway

Instrumentation Technology

Degree Plan

Machines used across many industries are evolving into complex and intricately connected systems operated by well-trained instrumentation technicians. The Galveston College Instrumentation Technology program trains students to begin entry-level careers in this growing and changing field.

Housed at the Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technical Center, the one-semester Instrumentation Technology program utilizes a comprehensive industrial computer control lab where students learn about control system installation, maintenance and trouble shooting.

Course Description
The Instrumentation Program coursework is offered in one, 16-hour semester.

Semester One: Level One Certificate    (Entry Level)

Areas of study include:

  • Intelligent integrated control systems
  • Testing and analyzation of control circuitry
  • Maintenance of instruments and control settings
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Troubleshooting of individual process instruments
  • Implementation of sophisticated control strategies
Level 1 Certificate Program: Entry Level

Instrumentation Program

Level One Certificate

Entry Level

ELPT 1420 Fundamentals of Electricity II 4
INTC 1312 Instrumentation and Safety 3
INCR 1402 Physics of Instrumentation 4
INTC 1307 Instrumentation Test Equipment 3
INCR 1291 Special Topics in Instrumentation 2


Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 16

Career Opportunities


Chemical and Manufacturing Plants


Power plants


Oil exploration and production companies


Cross-country Pipeline Companies


Municipal Water Treatment Facilities


Large Buildings or Campuses


Instrumentation Sales

Employment Outlook

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the average hourly salary for instrumentation technicians ranges from $20 to 67.

Instrumentation technicians install, calibrate and troubleshoot individual process instruments as well as complete control systems.


This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under grant number 1601442


4015 Ave. Q
Galveston, TX 77550

Traveling south on I-45
Take 61st Street exit and turn right at stop light. Travel approximately one mile to Seawall Blvd. Turn left on to Seawall. Proceed down Seawall to 39th Street. (Gaido’s Restaurant is at corner of 39th and Seawall). Turn left on 39th and travel north to Avenue Q. Turn left at 39th and Avenue Q and proceed one block to Main Campus. Main Campus parking is available on Avenue Q, Avenue R and satellite parking at 39th and Avenue Q.


7626 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77551

Traveling south on I-45
Take Exit 1B toward 71st St. Merge onto frontage road/Broadway St. and travel approximately five blocks to the first stop sign. At the stop sign, turn left onto 71st St. Take the first left onto frontage road/Broadway St and continue on the frontage road for approximately five blocks to the Applied Technology Center campus.
From GC Main Campus
Travel west on Avenue Q toward 45th St. Turn right at 45th St. and proceed to the stop light on Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway and travel approximately one mile. Continue onto I-45 North to Exit 1C. Take Exit 1C and merge onto the frontage road/Broadway St. The Applied Technology Center will be on the right.