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Instrumentation & Control

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

This program will prepare you for a career as an instrumentation and control technician for high-tech industries such as power generation plants, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, canneries, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, semi conductor manufacturing plants, and pulp and paper mills.

You will learn how to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation and control systems in industries that increasingly rely on automation. Instrumentation & Control is a great program choice if you’re looking for a high-wage career with employment potential across the nation and beyond.

Program Facts

98% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $58,397

Wage potential $69,794 annually

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Jobs & Employment

About 98% of BTC Instrumentation & Control Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation.The average annual wage in this field is $58,397, with an earning potential of about $69,794 per year.* The need for industry to reduce operating expenses requires continual investment in automation, which means more jobs for instrumentation technicians.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as instrumentation and process control technicians in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, food processing, pulp/paper mills, power plants, metal smelters, systems integrators, research and development or water/sewage treatment facilities. Opportunities also exist in medical instrumentation, chemical plants, canneries, aerospace, sales and communications.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ELTR 100Direct Current 14 credits

    A thorough introduction for the new student to the fundamental properties and applications of electricity. This course opens the doors to a wide array of career opportunities in computer servicing, biomedical equipment servicing, manufacturing technology, telecommunications, and home entertainment equipment servicing. In addition, safety procedures are emphasized. Students learn how to make good solder connections and recognize and repair bad solder connections. Students learn how to select and clean soldering tools. This course continues with the basics of current, voltage and resistance. The application of Ohm’s Law and the construction of circuits to verify electronic theory provide the knowledge necessary to build the foundation for a thorough understanding of electronics. This course teaches the student to use a logical course of correction to an electronic problem in a minimum amount of time. Student will learn generic troubleshooting technique procedures and tricks of the trade from analog to digital circuits. PREREQUISITE: ETEC 150.


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  • ELTR 105Direct Current II4 credits

    The development of a working knowledge of the basic principles of DC electronics. The purpose and operation of such devices as resistors, capacitors, inductors and meters are covered in labs and theory.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 100

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  • ELTR 110Alternating Current 14 credits

    An introduction and examination of the principles and applications of alternating current, including frequency, reactance, impedance, and resonance.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission and ELTR 105

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  • ELTR 115Alternating Current II4 credits

    Students continue their exploration of AC with transformers and filter circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-stop and band-pass), with theory and labwork.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 110

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  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 28
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    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 2
  • ELTR 120Semiconductors I5 credits

    Students learn how discrete semiconductor devices are constructed, how to handle them, how diodes, bipolar transistors, FETS, and thrystors operate and how to use them in practical circuits. ACDC power supply circuits introduced as well.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 115.

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  • ELTR 125Semiconductors II5 credits

    This course introduces the student to various “building block” circuits including amplifiers, oscillators, and power supply circuits, through theory and labwork.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 120

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  • ELTR 130Op-Amps 013 credits

    Explores the design and operation of basic operational amplifier circuits through theory and labwork to illustrate and confirm the design and operation of linear amplifiers, voltage and current converters, comparators and precision rectifiers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 125

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  • ELTR 135Op-Amps 23 credits

    Oscillators, active filters and single power-supply circuits and other applications of op-amps are covered in theory and practical labs.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 130

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    11/26-12/12DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 21
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    6/9-6/23DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 24
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  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
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  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
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    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
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    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ELTR 140Digital 15 credits

    A comprehensive focus on the concepts, terminology, components and circuits that combine to form basic digital systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 135

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  • ELTR 145Digital 25 credits

    Flip-flops, Sequential Logic, Combination Logic, Semiconductor Memory, Data Conversion and Digital Troubleshooting theory and practical labs help the student understand digital circuits and techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140

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    1/30-2/19DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 25
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  • ETEC 150Electronic Communications6 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to electronic communication fundamentals and applications including modulation, transmitters, receivers, antennas, RF, digital communication, multiplexing, cellular and PC.


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    11/5-12/12DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 21
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    11/5-12/12DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 11
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    2/20-3/26DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 4
  • INST 230Motor Controls3 credits

    In this course you will learn the theory of electric motor operation and the practice of wiring and configuring electric motor control circuits. Coverage of DC and three-phase AC electric motor controls as well as variable-frequency AC motor drives is included in this course. PREQUISITE and COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and ELTR 125.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 and ELTR 125.
  • INST 231PLC Programming3 credits

    In this course you will learn how to wire, configure, and program programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to perform useful control functions. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 230.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 230.
  • INST 232PLC Systems3 credits

    In this course you will apply programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to the control of real processes, as well as learn to effectively test and troubleshoot PLC-controlled systems. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 231.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 231.
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • INST 200Introduction to Instrumentation2 credits

    This course introduces you to the trade, terminology, and basic principles of instrumentation. It is a preparatory course for any one of three sections within the second year of Instrumentation: measurement, control, and systems, enabling you to begin your second year of Instrumentation at the start of Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

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    1/7-1/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
    4/7-4/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
  • INST 240Pressure and Level Measurement6 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely measure both fluid pressure and fluid/solids level in a variety of applications, as well as accurately calibrate and efficiently troubleshoot pressure and level measurement systems.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISTIE INST 200.
  • INST 241Temperature & Flow Measurement6 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely measure both temperature and fluid flow in a variety of applications, as well as accurately calibrate and efficiently troubleshoot temperature and flow measurement systems.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 240.
  • INST 242Analytical Measurement5 credits

    This course teaches the basic principles of process analysis including pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, and chemical constituency. A review of INST240 (pressure and level measurement) and INST241(temperature and flow measurement) is also included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 241.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 241.

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  • Quarter 6
  • INST 205Job Preparation I1 credits

    Preparation for employment including resume preparation, cover letter writing, job search engine use, and interviewing skills. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and INST 200 or instructor permission.

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    1/7-1/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-4/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • INST 250Final Control Elements5 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely control energy in process systems using fluid valves, motors, and other actuating devices. You will also learn how fluid power systems work and how to efficiently troubleshoot final control elements. PREREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200.

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  • INST 251PID Control5 credits

    This course teaches you how the most basic and widely-used control algorithm works: proportional-integral-derivative (PID). In this course you will see how the PID algorithm is implemented in pneumatic as well as electronic controllers, and also how to tune a PID controller for stability. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 250.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 250.

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    2/10-3/6DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • INST 252Loop Tuning4 credits

    This course teaches more advanced loop tuning techniques as well as advanced process control strategies including cascade, feed forward, ratio, and model-based control algorithms. You will also explore common types of controlled processes found in industry to see how these algorithms are practically applied. A review of INST250 (final control elements) and INST251 (PID controllers and tuning) is included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 251.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 251.

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    3/9-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodic table, nomenclature, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, and thermochemistry. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

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    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
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    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 24
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    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 7
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.

  • INST 206Job Preparation II1 credits

    This course teaches you how to get the jobs that are not listed in classified ads or job search engines. You will learn how to professionally network, research employers for job potential, conduct informational interviews, and otherwise take an active approach in securing employment within your professional field. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and INST 205 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and INST 205 or instructor permission.

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    1/7-1/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-4/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • INST 260Data Acquisition Systems4 credits

    This course reviews digital communication and analog/digital conversion theory learned in the first year Core Electronics courses building upon that foundation to explore industrial data busses, including Etherne, and indicating, data logging, and SCADA systems. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200.

    Future Offerings
    4/14-4/30DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • INST 262DCS & Fieldbus5 credits

    This course teaches the basic principles of distributed instrumentation, including both distributed control systems (DCS) and Field/ bus" instruments. Safety instrumented system (SIS) concepts and components are also covered here.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 260.

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    5/1-5/27DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    5/1-5/27DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • INST 263Control Strategies5 credits

    This course teaches the theory and practical application of process control strategies including cascade, feedforward, selector, and override controls. You will also explore common types of controlled processes found in industry to see how these algorithms are practically applied. A review of INST260 (Data Acquisition Systems) and INST262 (DCS and Fieldbus) is included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 262.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 262.

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    5/28-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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    5/28-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Electives
  • INST 233Protective Relays3 credits

    In this course you will learn how to commission, test, and analyze basic protective relays and instrument transformers used to protect equipment in electrical power systems. This course also reviews phasor mathematics for three-phase electrical circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH&141 (Precalculus I) Prerequisite or Corequisite course: INST232 (PLC Systems)
  • INST 290Internship5 credits

    This optional elective course provides work experience in related industry refining technical and workforce skills in a work environment. The specific students performance skills will be developed for each individual student internship. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200 or instructor permission.
  • INST 292Internship10 credits

    This optional elective course provides work experience in related industry refining technical and workforce skills in a work environment.The specific students performance skills will be developed for each individual student internship. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200 or instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS137 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students approximately two times a year.
  • Students are encouraged to have their high school diploma or GED by graduation, because many employers require this credential as a condition of employment.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 099) or placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH&141) is a required prerequisite for enrollment in this Program.

Program Outcomes

  • Communication - Communicates and expresses thoughts across a variety of mediums (verbal, written, visually) to effectively persuade, inform, and clarify ideas with colleagues.
  • Time Management - Arrives on time and prepared to work; budgets time an meets deadlines when performing technical tasks and projects.
  • Safety - Complies with national, state, and local safety regulations when repairing, calibrating, and installing instruments.
  • Diagnose and Repair Existing Instruments - Assesses, diagnoses, and repairs faulty instruments in measurement and control systems using logical procedures and appropriate test equipment.
  • Install and Configure New Instruments - Builds, configures, and installs new instrument systems according to plans, applying industry construction standards, and ensuring correct system operation when complete.
  • Process Control Optimization - Improve system functions by evaluating control system performance; implements strategies to tune and stabilize control systems.
  • Instrument Calibration - Assesses instrument accuracy and correct inaccuracies using appropriate calibration procedures and test equipment.
  • Documents Instrument Systems - Interprets and creates technical documents (electronic schematics, loop diagrams, and P&IDs) according to industry (EIA, ISA) standards.
  • Self-Directing Learning - Selects and researches relevant information sources to learn new principles, technologies, and techniques.
  • Career Development - Researches and seeks opportunities for promotion and job advancements in work and career settings.

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Samuel Cheung

 

Area of Instruction


Electronics, Engineering

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8455
scheung@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

 

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler


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Tony Kuphaldt

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S.T., Electronic Engineering Technology, Skagit Valley College

Certificate, Instrumentation & Industrial Electronics Certificate, J.M. Perry Technical Institute

Certificate, Journey Level Status Instrument Technician-Primary Metals Industry

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8477
tkuphaldt@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 124

 

Background


Profile
Tony Kuphaldt has 11 years of experience working as an instrument and controls technician, first in the CNC machine tool field, then in oil refining a...

    • Tony Kuphaldt has 11 years of experience working as an instrument and controls technician, first in the CNC machine tool field, then in oil refining and lastly aluminum smelting and casting. Tony is the principal author of the "Lessons In Electric Circuits" textbook series, as well as the author of the "Lessons In Industrial Instrumentation" textbook, both of which are successful open-source references designed to enhance technical education. His technical interests include mathematics, physics, sustainable energy and related technologies, electronic circuit design, automotive technology, computer programming, welding, and photography.


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Dave Starkovich

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Technical Education, Western Washington University

B.S., B.S., Electronics Technology, Western Washington University

A.S., A.S., Electronics Technology, Everett Community College

Certificate, Instrumentation Certificate, Perry Technical Institute

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8416
dstarkovich@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 136

 


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Robert Yost

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., English Literature, University of Washington

A.A.S., Instrumentation & Control Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8361
ryost@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 125

 


Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program will prepare you for a career as an instrumentation and control technician for high-tech industries such as power generation plants, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, canneries, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, semi conductor manufacturing plants, and pulp and paper mills.

You will learn how to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation and control systems in industries that increasingly rely on automation. Instrumentation & Control is a great program choice if you’re looking for a high-wage career with employment potential across the nation and beyond.

Program Facts

98% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $58,397

Wage potential $69,794 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

About 98% of BTC Instrumentation & Control Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation.The average annual wage in this field is $58,397, with an earning potential of about $69,794 per year.* The need for industry to reduce operating expenses requires continual investment in automation, which means more jobs for instrumentation technicians.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as instrumentation and process control technicians in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, food processing, pulp/paper mills, power plants, metal smelters, systems integrators, research and development or water/sewage treatment facilities. Opportunities also exist in medical instrumentation, chemical plants, canneries, aerospace, sales and communications.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ELTR 100Direct Current 14 credits

    A thorough introduction for the new student to the fundamental properties and applications of electricity. This course opens the doors to a wide array of career opportunities in computer servicing, biomedical equipment servicing, manufacturing technology, telecommunications, and home entertainment equipment servicing. In addition, safety procedures are emphasized. Students learn how to make good solder connections and recognize and repair bad solder connections. Students learn how to select and clean soldering tools. This course continues with the basics of current, voltage and resistance. The application of Ohm’s Law and the construction of circuits to verify electronic theory provide the knowledge necessary to build the foundation for a thorough understanding of electronics. This course teaches the student to use a logical course of correction to an electronic problem in a minimum amount of time. Student will learn generic troubleshooting technique procedures and tricks of the trade from analog to digital circuits. PREREQUISITE: ETEC 150.


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  • ELTR 105Direct Current II4 credits

    The development of a working knowledge of the basic principles of DC electronics. The purpose and operation of such devices as resistors, capacitors, inductors and meters are covered in labs and theory.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 100

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  • ELTR 110Alternating Current 14 credits

    An introduction and examination of the principles and applications of alternating current, including frequency, reactance, impedance, and resonance.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission and ELTR 105

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  • ELTR 115Alternating Current II4 credits

    Students continue their exploration of AC with transformers and filter circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-stop and band-pass), with theory and labwork.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 110

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  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

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    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 28
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  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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  • ELTR 120Semiconductors I5 credits

    Students learn how discrete semiconductor devices are constructed, how to handle them, how diodes, bipolar transistors, FETS, and thrystors operate and how to use them in practical circuits. ACDC power supply circuits introduced as well.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 115.

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  • ELTR 125Semiconductors II5 credits

    This course introduces the student to various “building block” circuits including amplifiers, oscillators, and power supply circuits, through theory and labwork.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 120

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  • ELTR 130Op-Amps 013 credits

    Explores the design and operation of basic operational amplifier circuits through theory and labwork to illustrate and confirm the design and operation of linear amplifiers, voltage and current converters, comparators and precision rectifiers.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 125

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    11/7-11/25DAILY12:30p-2:55pSTARKOVICH DOpenings: 21
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  • ELTR 135Op-Amps 23 credits

    Oscillators, active filters and single power-supply circuits and other applications of op-amps are covered in theory and practical labs.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 130

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  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
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    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
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    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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  • ELTR 140Digital 15 credits

    A comprehensive focus on the concepts, terminology, components and circuits that combine to form basic digital systems.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 135

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  • ELTR 145Digital 25 credits

    Flip-flops, Sequential Logic, Combination Logic, Semiconductor Memory, Data Conversion and Digital Troubleshooting theory and practical labs help the student understand digital circuits and techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ELTR 140

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  • ETEC 150Electronic Communications6 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to electronic communication fundamentals and applications including modulation, transmitters, receivers, antennas, RF, digital communication, multiplexing, cellular and PC.


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  • Quarter 4
  • INST 230Motor Controls3 credits

    In this course you will learn the theory of electric motor operation and the practice of wiring and configuring electric motor control circuits. Coverage of DC and three-phase AC electric motor controls as well as variable-frequency AC motor drives is included in this course. PREQUISITE and COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and ELTR 125.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 and ELTR 125.
  • INST 231PLC Programming3 credits

    In this course you will learn how to wire, configure, and program programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to perform useful control functions. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 230.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 230.
  • INST 232PLC Systems3 credits

    In this course you will apply programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to the control of real processes, as well as learn to effectively test and troubleshoot PLC-controlled systems. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 231.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 231.
  • Quarter 5
  • INST 200Introduction to Instrumentation2 credits

    This course introduces you to the trade, terminology, and basic principles of instrumentation. It is a preparatory course for any one of three sections within the second year of Instrumentation: measurement, control, and systems, enabling you to begin your second year of Instrumentation at the start of Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

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    1/7-1/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
    4/7-4/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
  • INST 240Pressure and Level Measurement6 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely measure both fluid pressure and fluid/solids level in a variety of applications, as well as accurately calibrate and efficiently troubleshoot pressure and level measurement systems.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISTIE INST 200.
  • INST 241Temperature & Flow Measurement6 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely measure both temperature and fluid flow in a variety of applications, as well as accurately calibrate and efficiently troubleshoot temperature and flow measurement systems.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 240.
  • INST 242Analytical Measurement5 credits

    This course teaches the basic principles of process analysis including pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, and chemical constituency. A review of INST240 (pressure and level measurement) and INST241(temperature and flow measurement) is also included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 241.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 241.

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  • Quarter 6
  • INST 205Job Preparation I1 credits

    Preparation for employment including resume preparation, cover letter writing, job search engine use, and interviewing skills. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and INST 200 or instructor permission.

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    1/7-1/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • INST 250Final Control Elements5 credits

    In this course you will learn how to precisely control energy in process systems using fluid valves, motors, and other actuating devices. You will also learn how fluid power systems work and how to efficiently troubleshoot final control elements. PREREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200.

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  • INST 251PID Control5 credits

    This course teaches you how the most basic and widely-used control algorithm works: proportional-integral-derivative (PID). In this course you will see how the PID algorithm is implemented in pneumatic as well as electronic controllers, and also how to tune a PID controller for stability. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 250.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 250.

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    2/10-3/6DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • INST 252Loop Tuning4 credits

    This course teaches more advanced loop tuning techniques as well as advanced process control strategies including cascade, feed forward, ratio, and model-based control algorithms. You will also explore common types of controlled processes found in industry to see how these algorithms are practically applied. A review of INST250 (final control elements) and INST251 (PID controllers and tuning) is included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 251.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 251.

    Future Offerings
    3/9-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodic table, nomenclature, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, and thermochemistry. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/23MF 1:00p-2:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
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    1/9-3/23MF 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 24
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    1/9-3/23MF 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 24
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  • Quarter 7
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.

  • INST 206Job Preparation II1 credits

    This course teaches you how to get the jobs that are not listed in classified ads or job search engines. You will learn how to professionally network, research employers for job potential, conduct informational interviews, and otherwise take an active approach in securing employment within your professional field. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and INST 205 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and INST 205 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-4/13ARR12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • INST 260Data Acquisition Systems4 credits

    This course reviews digital communication and analog/digital conversion theory learned in the first year Core Electronics courses building upon that foundation to explore industrial data busses, including Etherne, and indicating, data logging, and SCADA systems. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200.

    Future Offerings
    4/14-4/30DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY 3:05p-6:00pSTAFF
    4/14-4/30DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
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  • INST 262DCS & Fieldbus5 credits

    This course teaches the basic principles of distributed instrumentation, including both distributed control systems (DCS) and Field/ bus" instruments. Safety instrumented system (SIS) concepts and components are also covered here.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 260.

    Future Offerings
    5/1-5/27DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY 3:05p-6:00pSTAFF
    5/1-5/27DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • INST 263Control Strategies5 credits

    This course teaches the theory and practical application of process control strategies including cascade, feedforward, selector, and override controls. You will also explore common types of controlled processes found in industry to see how these algorithms are practically applied. A review of INST260 (Data Acquisition Systems) and INST262 (DCS and Fieldbus) is included in this course. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 262.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 262.

    Future Offerings
    5/28-6/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00pKUPHALDT T
    5/28-6/23DAILY12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     DAILY 3:05p-6:00pSTAFF
  • Electives
  • INST 233Protective Relays3 credits

    In this course you will learn how to commission, test, and analyze basic protective relays and instrument transformers used to protect equipment in electrical power systems. This course also reviews phasor mathematics for three-phase electrical circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH&141 (Precalculus I) Prerequisite or Corequisite course: INST232 (PLC Systems)
  • INST 290Internship5 credits

    This optional elective course provides work experience in related industry refining technical and workforce skills in a work environment. The specific students performance skills will be developed for each individual student internship. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200 or instructor permission.
  • INST 292Internship10 credits

    This optional elective course provides work experience in related industry refining technical and workforce skills in a work environment.The specific students performance skills will be developed for each individual student internship. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. PREQUISITE: MATH& 141 and/or COREQUISITE INST 200 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 and/or Corequisite INST 200 or instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS132 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students approximately two times a year.
  • Students are encouraged to have their high school diploma or GED by graduation, because many employers require this credential as a condition of employment.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 099) or placement into Pre-Calculus (MATH&141) is a required prerequisite for enrollment in this Program.

Program Outcomes

  • Communication - Communicates and expresses thoughts across a variety of mediums (verbal, written, visually) to effectively persuade, inform, and clarify ideas with colleagues.
  • Time Management - Arrives on time and prepared to work; budgets time an meets deadlines when performing technical tasks and projects.
  • Safety - Complies with national, state, and local safety regulations when repairing, calibrating, and installing instruments.
  • Diagnose and Repair Existing Instruments - Assesses, diagnoses, and repairs faulty instruments in measurement and control systems using logical procedures and appropriate test equipment.
  • Install and Configure New Instruments - Builds, configures, and installs new instrument systems according to plans, applying industry construction standards, and ensuring correct system operation when complete.
  • Process Control Optimization - Improve system functions by evaluating control system performance; implements strategies to tune and stabilize control systems.
  • Instrument Calibration - Assesses instrument accuracy and correct inaccuracies using appropriate calibration procedures and test equipment.
  • Documents Instrument Systems - Interprets and creates technical documents (electronic schematics, loop diagrams, and P&IDs) according to industry (EIA, ISA) standards.
  • Self-Directing Learning - Selects and researches relevant information sources to learn new principles, technologies, and techniques.
  • Career Development - Researches and seeks opportunities for promotion and job advancements in work and career settings.

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Samuel Cheung

 

Area of Instruction


Electronics, Engineering

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8455
scheung@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

 

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler


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Tony Kuphaldt

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S.T., Electronic Engineering Technology, Skagit Valley College

Certificate, Instrumentation & Industrial Electronics Certificate, J.M. Perry Technical Institute

Certificate, Journey Level Status Instrument Technician-Primary Metals Industry

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8477
tkuphaldt@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 124

 

Background


Profile
Tony Kuphaldt has 11 years of experience working as an instrument and controls technician, first in the CNC machine tool field, then in oil refining a...

    • Tony Kuphaldt has 11 years of experience working as an instrument and controls technician, first in the CNC machine tool field, then in oil refining and lastly aluminum smelting and casting. Tony is the principal author of the "Lessons In Electric Circuits" textbook series, as well as the author of the "Lessons In Industrial Instrumentation" textbook, both of which are successful open-source references designed to enhance technical education. His technical interests include mathematics, physics, sustainable energy and related technologies, electronic circuit design, automotive technology, computer programming, welding, and photography.


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Dave Starkovich

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


M.S., Technical Education, Western Washington University

B.S., B.S., Electronics Technology, Western Washington University

A.S., A.S., Electronics Technology, Everett Community College

Certificate, Instrumentation Certificate, Perry Technical Institute

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8416
dstarkovich@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 136

 


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Robert Yost

 

Area of Instruction


Instrumentation & Control Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., English Literature, University of Washington

A.A.S., Instrumentation & Control Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8361
ryost@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 125