College of Technology

Energy Systems Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Program Statistics

Instrumentation and control engineering technicians work with equipment that masures the operating parameters of a power plant and communications equipment that monitors facility operations. Graduates will have a fundamental knowledge of energy systems, thermodynamics, electronics and electrical systems. Through the program, they will gain extensive hands-on experience setting up and troubleshooting single and three-phase motor controls, variable frequency drives, programmable logic controllers (PLC), sensors, relays, timers, solenoids, and human machine interface (HMI) stations. They will be able to install, troubleshoot, and calibrate instrumentation that measures and controls temperature, level, flow, pressure, and other process variables.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August and January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students each cohort
  • Physical demands for this program may include lifting, standing, bending, and close vision

Degree Options

  • Energy Systems Instrumentation Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Energy Systems Technology Instrument & Automation Assistant Basic Technical Certificate (1 year)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Power generating plants that use coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, solar, and wind
  • Companies that manufacture instrumentation and control equipment
  • Electric load dispatch centers
  • Calibration and repair shops
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 450 Math: 460
rSAT English: 480 Math: 500
ACT English: 18 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 85
COMPASS Writing: 68 Algebra: 45

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

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