Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does this program take? 
A: Most full-time students will finish in one year or less depending on if summer classes are taken.  

Q: Are night classes available? 
A: Yes. All of our courses are offered in the evenings; however, if you are taking only night classes, this will extend the time it takes to complete the program due to the limited number of classes that are able to be taken each semester. 

Q: How much money will I make? 
A: Starting salaries vary greatly due to the variety of job opportunities and various fields open to instrumentation technicians. The most common employment opportunity in our area, refineries and petrochemical industries, generally have a starting annual base salary ranging from $50,000-$65,000. 

Q: Are there any pre-requisites or prior knowledge I need before starting the program? 
A: While there are no requirements that must be met before beginning, strong foundational math skills will help you throughout the program. 

Q: How much does the program cost? 
A: Tuition is based upon the number of semester credit hours for which students register and is determined by the student’s classification as a Texas resident or a Non-Texas resident. Determination of legal residence for tuition purposes is determined by the statutes of the State of Texas by the Office of Admissions. The current rate is $127.47 per semester credit hour for Texas residents and $478.47 per semester credit hour for Non-Texas residents. 

Q: How do I know which classes to take? 
A: Once you have been accepted to LIT and have your student identification number, you will be able to meet with your advisor or any faculty members within the Instrumentation program to help you register for your classes.   

Q: What is the difference between the associate of applied science in Instrumentation Technology and the certificate in Electronic Instrumentation?/a>
A: Most employers now require instrument technicians to have a two-year associate degree. The certificate is beneficial to students who are currently working in the field seeking a promotion, or to students who are pursuing a degree in a different craft and would like to broaden their skill sets and qualifications.