Instrumentation Process Control Technician, Certificate



Northampton's Instrumentation Process Control program is designed to prepare you to enter a career in automated manufacturing. The Instrumentation Process Control certificate program offers coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three semesters or advance your current machinery repair skills to the next level. The program also provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized manufacturing environment. Your studies will include state-of-the-art process control equipment and principles from the International Society of Automation (ISA). You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively within a manufacturing environment with a strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment. Graduates of this certificate program can gain employment and then pursue NCC's Electromechanical Technology Automated Controls associate degree program. This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking a position in manufacturing process control as an instrument technician or those who are seeking to change careers. It is also useful for production technicians in need of updated skills.


This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled tradesperson in a manufacturing setting. Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of basic instruments used to measure temperature, pressure, flow and level. Along with troubleshooting skills, you will gain knowledge of installing, calibrating, and tuning a wide array of control loops and understanding and applying Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control algorithms. This is all accomplished with extensive hands-on lab activities using actual equipment that is used in the field, and computer technology to aid in the diagnostic process Courses for the Instrumentation Process Control certificate program include Electrical Fundamentals, Introduction to Process Control, Industrial Control Systems I & II, and Instrumentation I & II. All of the courses in the certificate can be applied to the Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems associate degree program.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this Instrumentation pathway include:

  • Food Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Chemical Manufacturers

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact Gary George, at 610.861.4126 or ggeorge@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Career Potential: Chemical Equipment Maintenance, Biotech Equipment Maintenance, Electromechanical Equipment Assembler, Control Valve Installer/Repairer, Maintenance Technician, Water Waste Treatment Systems Maintenance.


Graduates of the Instrumentation Process Control program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competent speaking, technical vocabulary, and technical writing skills when working with diverse groups displaying the ability to work independently & collaboratively for observation, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles and theories related to improving process control.
  • Apply knowledge mastered to troubleshooting and solving discipline and industry-related problems by analyzing and presenting data in an acceptable and standardized manner with proficient research and computer data-gathering skills.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

ELTC101Electrical Fundamentals

3 credits

EMEC125Process and Automation Diagrams - P&ID

2 credits

EMEC130Introduction to Process Control

3 credits

MATH140College Algebra

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

ENGL101English I

3 credits

EMEC140Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting

1 credits

EMEC220Instrumentation I

3 credits

EMEC240Industrial Control Systems I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:11

Third Semester

EMEC225Instrumentation II

3 credits

EMEC245Industrial Control Systems II

3 credits

PHYS101Physics I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Total Credit Hours: 33

  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.