Scope of Instrumentation Engineering in India
- Instrumentation Engineering is defined as the science of measuring instruments which are used in design and configuration of automated systems. It is a specialized branch of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The professionals who work on this are known as Instrumentation Engineers.
The candidate has to clear their 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics to get an admission in B.E/B.Tech. The course duration is 4 years.
- One can also go for a Diploma after completing their class 10th. Diploma holders can get direct admission into the second year of engineering in the same stream in which they have completed their diploma. The Diploma courses are usually 2-3 years.
- After completing B.E/B.Tech, a candidate can go for their post-graduation (M.E/M.Tech). Post-graduation course is of 2 years duration.
- A candidate who is keen to do research work can pursue Ph.D. after his/her post-graduation studies. They can do Ph.D. in Digital Signal processing, Monitor Control, Speech Processing, Censor Network, Intelligent Controls.
Due to the economic and industrial growth, job opportunities in this sector have grown rapidly.
- There are job opportunities in Research and Development department of public and private companies, industries like thermal power stations, steel plants, refineries, cement and fertilizer plants, etc.
- Instrumentation Engineers gets employed in IT industry, automobile industries and private companies like General Electric, Siemens, TATA, Aditya Birla Group etc. and in public sector companies like HAL, BHEL etc.
- There are several times, were an Instrumentation Engineer choose a career outside their industry like purchasing, sales, marketing, finance, HR, IT or general management.
- Instrumentation Engineers can also engage themselves in the teaching field like they join engineering institutes or IITs as professors or lecturers.
There are few skills that are required to become an Instrumentation Engineer. They are as follows:
- The Instrumentation Engineer must have the ability to solve problems.
- Good in critical and high-level mathematical thinking.
- He must be good in communication and interpersonal skills.
- He must be able to work under pressure and keep himself calm during crisis time.
- He must be willing to accept responsibilities and must have decision-making power.
- He must have a good analytical skill and be able to give attention to every detailed work.
- He must have an excellent customer care skills.
- He must be good in computers and can understand and work with the higher level of technology.
There are few institutes where Instrumentation Engineering can be done through Online or Distance learning. They are as follows:
- Flotrom Engineering Skills and Design Solutions, Delhi
- Engineering Design & Power Training Institute
- MECCI Engineers Pvt. Ltd.
- Chhattisgarh University
There are scope and opportunities in the field of Instrumentation Engineering. There are some areas where an Instrumentation Engineer can specialize. They are as follows:
- Control systems design and installation
- Process control and instrumentation
- Installation and management
- Electronics design and manufacturing
- Research and development
- Sales and service of technical equipment
- Project and technology managementTo pursue a career in Instrumentation Engineering, the candidate must have the following:
- The candidate must clear their 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with good marks.
- He/she must clear their entrance examinations which are conducted at the National and State Level like IITJEE, AIEEE, BITSAT, etc.
- They can also do a Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering after completing their class 10th. They will be positioned as the junior engineer when they get a job.
- A candidate can pursue M.Tech after completing his B.E. or B.Tech.
- Ph.D. can be done after completing the post-graduation.
- Associate Memberships of the Institution of Engineers (AMIETE) also offers courses in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering which are equivalent to B.E/B.Tech provided by other institutes/universities.
The job responsibilities of an Instrumental Engineer are as follows:
- The main aim of an Instrumental Engineer is to improve the productivity of the system.
- They mainly work in the chemical or manufacturing industries which work on the automated processes.
- They design and develop new control systems.
- For the stability of the system, they test, maintain and modify the existing systems.
- To analyze the data and make reports.
- To manage operational issues.
- To work in collectively with design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal staff.
- To provide advice and consultancy support whenever required.
- The salary structure of an Instrumentation Engineer depends upon the candidate’s educational qualifications, experience, an area of employment, companies, etc.
- An Instrumentation Engineer graduate gets a salary approx. between Rs. 1.61 lacs to Rs. 8.94 lacs per annum.
- An engineer passing out from good technological institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Birla Institute of Technology gets higher salary as compared to other institutes/colleges.
- Those working in private sector get higher salary than those working in public sector companies.