NRCC Instrumentaion Technology
Instrumentation and Control Automation at NRCC

Career Opportunities

Job placement of graduates of the Instrumentation program is excellent. New River-trained instrument technicians can be found working in industries near the college, throughout the state, across the United States, and in foreign countries.

Annual earnings for technicians employed by manufacturing industries have ranged from $35,000.00 to $55,000.00 and higher. Technicians are sometimes sent to work in foreign countries by American companies.

Listed below are some major companies and their annual salaries who have recruited graduates from New River's Instrumentation program. They are as follows:



Roanoke, VA

ACS Conveyor





Narrows, VA
$42,161 Starting pay (training pay) after training $53,000

Christiansburg Water Authority


Coca Cola Company


Control Automation Technologies Corporation


Corning Corporation


Dominion (Virginia Power)

Richmond, VA
$43,500 entry level


Honeywell, VA
$75,000 after 180 days


Moncure, NC
$75,000 after 180 days



Instrument Calibration and Technical Services


James Hardie


McKee Foods Corporation


MeadWest Vaco 

$58,000 start salary

Motion Controls


Pepsi Bottling Group


Phoenix Packaging


Phillip Morris

Richmond, VA
$43,500 entry level

Professional Project Services


RF Micro Devices

Greensboro, NC
$30,000 entry, could get as high as $65k with more experience.

Smurfit Stone


Sterling Engineering Solutions




Virginia Tech Power Plant




Williams Supply





Salem, VA

New River Community College

Instrumentation and Control Automation