Instrumentation engineering can be referred to as a 'mixture' of different subjects that can be the launch padfor many careers. Indeed, instrumnetation enginnering is an interndisciplinary branch that includes study of electrical, chemical, electronics as well as computer engineering. Instrumentation and control engineers design manufacture and fix snags in devices or systems that are used to measure or control physical quantities such as temperature, pressure and flow.
They step in wherever 'sensing' of physical quantitites is required and work in power plants, chemical plants, manufacturing facilities, oil refinerires, steel industry as well as drug makers and software and hardware companies, to name a few avenues.
What do they do?
Instrumentation engineers typically work for industries with automated process such as chemical or manufacturing plants, with the goal of improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimisation and stability. The control of processes is one of the main branches of applied instrumentation.
- Must be good at maths and physics
- Skilled at handling instruments and software
- Have leadership qualities
- Adept to trouble-shooting
How do I get there?
Take science with physics, chemistry and maths at plus two level. Instrumentation engineering is available as BTech oe BE programmes, entry to which is normally through a written test. Institutes like BITS Pilani offer it with electronics, as BE (Hons) electronics and instrumentation.
Job optionsin ths field are good. Instrumentation engineers work in software firms like HCL and TCS, as well as hardware companies. Other employers include Larsen & Toubro, ABB (Asea Brown Boveri), Siemens, Texas Instruments, Bechtel, Fluor Daniel, Foster Wheeler and even Americam Express.
In the public sector, there are companies like EIL, BHEL, SAIL, GAIL and ONGC.