Careers in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering

Electronic Instrumentation engineering is specialized branch of electrical and electronic engineering, which focuses on the principle, and operation of measuring instruments, process control which are used in design and configuration of automated systems. These engineers work for industries with automated processes, such as chemical or manufacturing plants, with the goal of improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimization and stability. Instrumentation Engineers help in the designing, construction and maintenance of instruments and entire instrumentation systems of an industrial undertaking. An instrumentation engineer decides the type of instruments needed for ensuring better quality and efficiency of the end product.

Job Prospects

Instrumentation engineers can get jobs in R&D units of public and private sector companies. They are also required by the Heavy industries such as Thermal Power Stations, Steel Plants, Refineries, and Cement and Fertilizer Plants BOTH IN Govt. and private sectors like N.F.L., BHEL, Honeywell, SamsungI, IOCL, and SAIL. They have a multidisciplinary role to play. One may choose to move sideways into other career areas either within or outside their industry. This might include areas such as purchasing, sales, marketing, finance, HR, IT or general management.

As per the National Forecast up to year 2015, with so many industries coming up nee dof Instrumentation Engineers is eventually going to increase, as thousands of them are required. These engineers can pursue consultancy-based work. Those who have an aptitude use their expertise they have gained in industry and engage in academic research in universities or acquire a tutoring/coaching role as a lecturer or trainer of instrumentation engineers. Senior level positions are occupied with a Masters Degree and they carry the highest level of responsibility and may include planning and managing activities, as well as leading on new developments. Senior engineers in production and operation functions can often be representatives at board level.

Many IT sector companies like TCS,Infosys ,Accenture are hiring students for campus placement,Robotics is another vast field where there is huge need of Instrumentation engineers.

 Nature of Work

A control and instrumentation engineer is essentially responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing and/or maintaining equipment which is used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes. Tasks and responsibilities, which are common to instrumentation engineers, may include:

  • Designing and developing new control systems;
  • Maintaining and modifying existing systems;
  • Managing operations;
  • Working collaboratively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal staff;
  • Contacting clients, suppliers, contractors and relevant authorities
  • Project management within cost and time constrained environments;
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving;
  • Understanding and ensuring compliance with the health and safety regulations and quality standards
  • Providing advice and consultancy support;
  • Purchasing equipment;
  • Writing computer software;
  • Developing new business proposals
  • Domain expert in IT industries.

The scope of instrumentation engineering is vast, and appears to be growing, in part due to the increased use of automatic control in manufacturing and process plants. Growth is also tied to the development of more accurate and more robust sesnors, which allow us to detect phenomena of interest (such as the presence of minute levels of toxins in food) with much higher precision than what we could do a generation ago.

 

Here is what the Department of EECE at the ITM University in Gurgaon says about career prospects of its instrumentation graduates :

The demand for  Electronics Instrumentation  is growing rapidly and job opportunities for graduates are multi-faceted. The graduates can work as Manufacturing Engineers in [multi-national corporations] like Sony, LG, Samsung, and Philips, as quality controllers, research, design & development consultants, entrepreneurs, and teachers                          .

The field of  Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering is growing at a very fast pace. Over the past three decades the field of instrumentation has seen an extremely widespread application in almost all discipline of engineering e.g., mining & metallurgy, robotics, textile, rolling mills, cranes & hoists, arc furnaces, chemical engineering, process control, and static relays                        .

Some professional societies for instrumentation that provide educational and career information about this growing field are the Instrument Society of America; the Instrumentation and Measurements Society of IEEE; the Institute of Diagnostic Engineers (US), and the Institute of Measurement and Control (UK).

Facilities at ITM University are excellent with well qualified senior faculty from IIT along with well equipped updated software packages and other instruments for further details curriculum could be referred .                                          

 
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