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Instrumentation & Control Technologies

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree (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 are continually focused on innovating products and services, 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 who are able to work in teams, have strong computer skills, are able to read and translate diagrams and flow charts, and have strong communication skills.

The Program

Finger Lakes Community College offers a two-year program leading to the Associate in Applied Science in Instrumentation and Control Technologies degree. This program provides graduates with multidisciplinary expertise to address workplace demands of emerging technology based businesses, by providing basic proficiencies for emerging knowledge and skill areas in data acquisition, automation, mechatronics, and control systems.

The tight integration of the courses in mathematics, physics, computational skills; in turn are leveraged in subsequent courses in electronics, design, process improvement, data acquisition and automation technologies; all in a context of active learning methodologies such as project based hands-on problem solving, case studies, and reinforced through job shadowing and required internships. Soft skills such as communication (written, verbal, presentation) and teamwork are integral part of each of the technical courses in the program. The majority of the core courses needed for this degree are offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

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 Graduates

Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate following Learning Outcomes:

  • 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, and analyze 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