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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Instrumentation and Process Control, A.A.S.

The Digital Instrumentation and Process Control program is designated as a Statewide Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.

The Digital Instrumentation and Process Control program prepares students for a career in the growing area of microprocessor based instrument technology and integrated manufacturing, commercial and other control systems. Built upon a solid foundation of technical skills in electricity and electronics, students will learn the functions and features of a variety of digital instrumentation components and systems used in commercial as well as industrial settings. Students will learn about PLCs, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), PAC and microcomputer control systems, and how to implement and service these systems. The methods of instruction include hands-on training as well as classroom instruction using equipment and software typically found in various industries. This A.A.S. program is a career degree, preparing students for the workforce after graduation. However, students can opt to transfer to a four-year program rather than start a career, but should confer with advisors and transferring institutions for specific requirements.

Program Pathways

Fall Admission Cohort: 
First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number   Course Name Credits
MAT 114 Introduction to Applied Algebra 3   ENG 112 Technical Writing                                 3
ELE 110 Fundamentals of Electricity 4   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   ELE 101 Industrial Networking 3
ELE 102 Analog Electronics 3   ELE 105 Microprocessors and Microcontrollers 3
ELE 106 Digital Electronics 3   ELE 113 Instrumentation and Process Control I 3
TOTAL   16   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
INT 102   3   ELE 203 PLC Applications 3
PHY 112
PHY 201
Applied Physics (3 Credits)
General Physics I (4 Credits)
*(transfer students should take PHY 201)
3   Gen Ed Diversity 3
ELE 213 Instrumentation and Process Control II 3   ELE 235 Advanced Concepts and Applications of Instrumentation and Controls  3
ELE 204 Electrical Machines 3   ELE 205 Process Technology Equipment and Systems 2
Elective  Choose in consultation with an advisor 3   Elective Choose in consultation with an advisor; 2-3 Credits 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   14

General Education Requirements (18-19 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-112

Free Electives (5-6 Credits)

Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Some recommended courses are listed below:

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)