INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEER

INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEER

A BRIEF INTRO 

Instrumentation engineering is a subsidiary of electrical engineering and it constitutes working with and repairing of various machines or devices which are used for measuring or controlling physical quantities such as temperature, pressure and flow. It is believed that greater exposure to electrical and mechanical engineering in more and more fields gradualoy gave way to the development of instrumentation engineering”

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

The average days of an instrumentation engineer at an oil refinery:

8 am: Scrutinize systems complaints related to the instruments, start trouble-shooting. Ask technicians to replace faulty instruments or repair them

1:00 pm: Lunch time

1:30 pm: Job meetings with colleagues, clients or seniors regarding the project of installing new system/instruments

3pm: Return to plant and work on the pending job, complaints, projects etc. Make plans for new automation system, or set the layout for the Airport Warning system

5 pm: End of day’s work

Odd hour call may come in case of emergency

SALARY STRUCTURE

Intially, the median pay of instrumentation engineers is Rs. 1 lakh to 2.2 lakh a year. At IITs , the average pay of graduate was Rs. 8 lakh sometime back.

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Excellence required in maths and physics
  • Proficiency in using and managing instruments and software
  • Leadership DESIRED QUALITIES
  • Keen interest in trouble-shooting the problems

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Take science with physics, chemistry and maths at the plus-two level. IE is available with BTech and  BE programmes. You have to give a written test to get admission. In some Institutes (BITS Pilani) is it covered under BE (Hons) electronics and instrumentation

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PROS AND CONS

  • You have a wide knowledge base
  • Highly responsible role – if the instrumentation system falls, the whole plant will grind to a halt
  • Not a great many jobs
  • Your health could be affected because of high noise and temperature levels at manufacturing plants
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