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Instrumentation & Control Technologies

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, advanced manufacturing will continue to be a high-growth industry through 2020. Employers need workers who will continually focus their attention on product and service innovation, as well as production and business processes.

Demand will remain high for ready and qualified employees that possess the technical skills essential to businesses that fall into the category of advanced manufacturing. Additionally, employers are seeking workers that:

  • Are able to work in teams.
  • Have strong computer skills.
  • Are able to read and translate diagrams and flow charts.
  • Have strong communication skills.

The Program

The A.A.S. Instrumentation and Control Technologies degree program provides you multidisciplinary expertise, which addresses workplace demands of emerging technology based businesses. In addition, it offers you basic proficiencies for emerging knowledge and skill areas in data acquisition, automation, mechatronics and control systems.

The tight integration of the courses in mathematics and physics are leveraged in subsequent courses in electronics, design, process improvement, data acquisition, and automation technologies. Each of these courses are grouped in a context of active learning methodologies such as project based hands-on problem solving and case studies, and are reinforced through job shadowing and required co-ops.

Soft skills such as communication (written, verbal, presentation) and teamwork are integral parts of each of the technical courses in the program. All of the core courses required for this degree are offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate technical information professionally in written, verbal, and presentation format with attention to business outcomes. Practice and assess teamwork on a routine basis.
  • Use, create, and assess quantitative models of systems based on fundamentals of integrated physics, mathematics and computation classes.
  • Use CAD software to create solid models of parts and assemblies, applying ANSI standards for multi-views and dimensioning.
  • Select material and processes appropriate for design projects, and access appropriate sources for assessing new materials and processes.
  • Use, model, analyze, and build basic analog and digital circuits.
  • Assess technical needs of appropriate sensors and signal conditioning to create and evaluate systems for data acquisition.
  • Use and assess business case for automation systems entailing parts or all of programmable logic, automation control, mechatronics, and machine vision.
  • Practice and articulate industry standard methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma for process and project planning and management.
  • Learn heuristics of troubleshooting and practice safety procedures.

The Experience

Co-op: FLCC's IC Tech program requires you to complete 270 hours of co-op work at area high-tech businesses. Some students are able to undertake co-op after completing their first two semesters of coursework. Often, they continue as full-time employees while completing sophomore courses.

ICT students have completed paid co-ops and have obtained full-time employment at the majority of the following high-tech local businesses:

  • Advanced Interconnect Manufacturing
  • Bristol Instruments
  • ClearCove Systems
  • Construction-Robotics
  • Delphi Technical Center
  • Digitronik Development Labs
  • Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
  • Gorbel
  • G.W. Lisk
  • Idea Boxx
  • IEC Electronics
  • ITT Goulds Pumps
  • ITT Exelis Inc.
  • Kirtas Technologies
  • L-3 Communications
  • LaGasse Works
  • Logical Control Solutions
  • New Scale Technologies
  • Optimation Technology Inc.
  • Optimax Systems Inc.
  • Optipro Systems
  • Progressive Machine & Design
  • REDCOM Labs
  • RailComm
  • Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center
  • Trovato Manufacturing
  • Surmotech
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Ultrafab Inc
  • Unique Automation LLC
  • Viewpoint Systems
  • Water Treatment, City of Rochester
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Zeller Corporation

The Scholarships

If you meet specific award criteria as an Instrumentation and Control Technologies major, you will be eligible for the Eugene B. Risser Technology Scholarship. For information on this scholarship, contact the FLCC Foundation.

Additional scholarships are available outside of FLCC. These include:

  • Association for Facilities Engineering
  • FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers' Enterprise)

For information on these scholarships and the program, contact

The Faculty

The Instrumentation and Control Technologies program is directed by Sam Samanta. Dr. Samanta is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Carnegie-Mellon University and University of Maine. He has a decade of research experience in Surface Science. During his research, Samanta developed instruments that are now used in nanotechnology research and manufacturing. In 1998, he was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.