Today, we find instruments at home and at workplace, and this was possible only because of the science Instrumentation. Since instrumentation being the order of the day, it is very much necessary for the young minds to get accustomed with the latest developments in instrumentation field. Moreover Instrumentation being one of the most important sought branches in Industrial point of view, a combination of Electronics and Instrumentation would fetch high dividends for the students who take up Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering as their career course.
This is a multi-disciplinary stream and covers subjects from various branches such as chemical, mechanical, electrical, electronics, biomedical and computers. This helps in making a switch to other disciplines, if anyone wishes to after completion of the Course. Instrumentation engineering is a specialised branch and it deals with measurement, control and automation of processes.
Nowadays, almost all industries are automated.Automation being one of the latest trend in all Industries, is therefore highly in need for expertise in the field of Electronics and Instrumentation to achieve their requirements. Automation is the core job of instrumentation engineers. As the trend of automation picks up in India and abroad, Instrumentation and Control Engineers are finding more and more job opportunities. Right from R&D units to aerospace companies, pharmaceuticals, food industries, thermal power plants, steel plants, fertiliser plants, automobile companies, biomedical companies, refineries and cement plants, these engineers find job opportunities in almost all domains of the world.
Control and Optimization is another important criterion in many Industries. Electronics and Instrumentation engineers having good exposure in these areas will be highly effective in solving various critical needs of the Industries.
An instrumentation engineer is responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing and maintaining equipments which are used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes.
Electronics and Instrumentation Engineers have a bright future ahead of them as they are needed by almost all Industries in various cadres like Design, Development, Automation, Control, Fabrication, Inspection, Quality control, Maintenance and Service and so on. Graduates from instrumentation and control programs can expect to fill positions such as:
- Instrument Engineer
- Automation Engineer
- Control Engineer
- Instrumentation Technologists or Technician
- Instrument Mechanic
- Control Systems Technologist
- Process Analyzer
Salaries in the field varies depending on the position, but the average starting salary is between Rs.8,00,000 and Rs.25,00,000 a year, and can increase to Rs.35,00,000 to Rs. 45,00,000 with experience.
An Instrumentation engineer has opportunities in many central government organisations like DRDO, ISRO,IOC, BARC, NTPC, Railways, BSNL, HAL, AAI, etc. Also many core companies like Honeywell, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, ABB, Larsen & Tourbo, Robert Bosch, Invensys, GE, Suzlon, Apna Technologies, Whirlybird, ESSAR, Yokogawa, Orange, LG, SAMSUNG, SONY, SANSUI, Whirlpool, Intel, Vedanta, Oil & Coal, Cadence, Cairn India, Linde, Allan Bradley, many software companies like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, CTS, HCL etc recruit these engineers.
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