Enhance Your Degree With A Process Control & Instrumentation Minor

The process control and instrumentation minor emphasizes developing skills and knowledge in theory, software and in the field. Students graduate ready to solve complex control problems in the chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering industries.

The best part of the program? It’s customizable to your interests. All students take a wide variety of required courses and choose two advanced electives.

About the Process Control and Instrumentation Minor

Process control and instrumentation is all about designing and operating control systems that meet process, system and product specifications, achieve safety requirements and maximize economic benefits. Process control engineers optimize processes and implement quality control systems in the manufacturing industry. They also design, test and oversee the implementation of new processes.

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The process control minor is an 18-credit-hour program consisting of five required process control courses and your choice of two or more electives. This minor emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning. Many of the course offerings reflect this emphasis.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Practical Fundamentals of Process Control: This course introduces students to sensors, valves, actuators, the assembly of process control components and provides hands-on practical experience.
  • Applying Simulation to Dynamic Processes: This course introduces students to dynamic simulation software for controlling individual chemical engineering processes.
  • Controlling Process Systems: This course is the capstone process control course. Students will design process control for systems of linked processes including sensing and transmission, final control elements and controllers.

View complete process control curriculum and course descriptions.

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program to pursue a minor in process control.

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What Can You Do With a Process Control and Instrumentation Minor?

The process control minor prepares students for engineering, quality control and process optimization careers in the manufacturing industry.

Process Control and Instrumentation Careers

Some of the job titles that UW graduates pursue include:

  • Process Control Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Asset Engineering Manager
  • Plant Unit Manager




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Where UW Grads Are Now:

  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Genesis Alkali
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Solvay Specialty Polymers
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Amogy
  • Montauk Renewables, Inc.
  • FMC Corporation
  • Tronox
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Process Control Minor Highlights

Here at UW, we believe in preparing students for their dream careers with real-world experience and an advanced education. The process control and implementation minor is no exception. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to as part of this program:

Career Readiness

Process control students are educated on the tools and techniques used in the process control field. They also learn about chemical, electrical and computer processes — so they’re employable and ready for success in the field of their choice.

Internship Opportunities

Outside of their coursework, students are encouraged to gain real-world experience through internships. Students may additionally earn credit toward the minor by completing a process control internship.


Through my time at UW, I have found that the process control and instrumentation minor is a ticket to success and much more! This program has enriched me with an extra layer of understanding when it comes to chemical engineering and has given me an edge over most other engineering students. The progress I have made thus far in my classes and at internships can be directly attributed to what I have learned from the minor. I highly recommend the process control and instrumentation minor to aspiring engineering undergraduates.

- Raymond Nowak, current chemical engineering undergrad student

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Department 4055, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2500

Email: che-info@uwyo.edu