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VC offers more instrumentation classes at demand of industry

Jan. 3, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.

Don McLain

In order to meet the growing demand for technical skills in the oil and gas industry, Victoria College is offering introductory instrumentation classes this semester.

The introductory courses, including Digital Fundamentals, Solid State Circuits and Digital Systems, are usually offered during the fall semester. But because of high demand by local employers, VC will offer them this spring semester.

The need has grown so much that local employers have been recruiting directly from VC's instrumentation classes, said Don McLain, VC's curriculum coordinator for instrumentation and electronics.

"We had human resources directors from local industrial employers visit classes last spring to recruit graduates," said McLain. "This semester, I've been getting calls almost every week from people looking for instrumentation graduates, most from the local area, but I did have one call from California."

Instrumentation technicians are highly skilled workers who typically start at more than $16 per hour. They install, test, repair and operate instrumentation and control equipment such as pressure gauges, speedometers and calibration sensors. They may also record and interpret test data.

Current VC students can register online now through Jan. 13.

New students are encouraged to contact the Advising and Counseling Services Office at 361-573-3291 or via email at counselorhelp@victoriacollege.edu. Advising and Counseling Services is located in the Student Services Building on VC's main campus.

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