Industrial Systems Specialist
26 Credits | 1 Year
Graduates install, troubleshoot, program and repair electrical, light mechanical, and computer systems used in industry to control and automate machines or processes. The equipment that you will deal with controls machines used in manufacturing and equipment used to control continuous processes. Examples include power utilities, petrochemical and chemical, paper, plastics, municipal water and wastewater, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, and control equipment support by vendors and engineering firms.
As a graduate, you can secure employment as Field Service Engineers, Automation Engineers, Instrumentation Technicians, Electricians, Control Systems Programmers, Control Systems Designers, Process Operators and Maintenance Technicians.
Process and manufacturing plants need to employ technicians to keep their machines and processing running and install and maintain equipment. With this one-year technical diploma, you will be prepared to be employed at the technician level or higher on industrial computer networks, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and process instruments. You will have both classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction with several systems to gain an understanding of controller and PLC interfacing, control systems and network installation.
Industrial Systems Specialist graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
- Perform installations of controls hardware/software/cabling
- Perform programming and configuration of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Distributed Control Systems (DCSs)
- Integrate control systems
- Troubleshoot hardware/software of PLCs, instrumentation and control systems
- Develop system documentation
Information is presented in a classroom setting and then applied in the lab. Equipment used in the lab is kept current to match what is being used in industry. You will learn how to install and set up a variety of common industrial networks.
Industrial networking skills.
Industrial Systems Specialist classes are offered at the New Richmond campus in a traditional classroom and lab format.
As an Industrial Systems Specialist student at WITC, you will earn a technical diploma that can be applied in its entirety to an associate degree in Automation for Industrial Systems.
You can join the International Society of Automation Club and participate in field trips and regional competitions. Other clubs include Veteran’s Club and Student Senate.
Unique in the State
There is no other program like this in Wisconsin. You'll gain a specific set of skills that employers in this field look for in an employee.
Program-specific subjects covered include process control, instrumentation, PLC programming and supervisory control. Other classes include industrial networking, power electronics and supervisory and distributed control concepts.
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You can continue your education to obtain an associate degree.
Automation for Industrial Systems Bachelor's Degree
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
Industrial Systems Specialist
26 Credits | 1 Year
$1,759 for books (including tax)
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Industrial Systems Specialist Program
Upon completion of the program, you will an Industrial Systems Specialist technical diploma.
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