Programs: Instrumentation (221-938-21)
Award: Career Studies Certificate

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the area of installation, maintenance, and calibration of devices used in the automation of industrial processes.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Use a variety of electrical instruments to measure voltage, current and electrical resistance.
  • Identify a variety of schematic symbols and how to interpret schematic drawings.
  • Troubleshoot and repair a system at the component or circuit level.
  • Discuss and demonstrate the knowledge of electrical and other controls used in home and industry.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in two semesters.

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions as construction and maintenance Instrument Technicians, Instrument and Electrical Technicians, Process Technicians, Contract Technicians as well as Sales and Service Representatives.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers was 54. There is projected annual demand/need for 5 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, January 2024). 

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.