Instrumentation engineers typically work for industries with automated processes, such as chemical or manufacturing plants, with the goal of improving system productivity, reliability, safety, optimisation and stability.
Instrumentation engineering can be referred to as a ‘mixture’ of different subjects that can be the launch pad for many careers. Indeed, instrumentation engineering is an inter-disciplinary 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 quantities is required and work in power plants, chemical plants, manufacturing facilities, oil refineries, the steel industry as well as with drug makers and software and hardware companies, to name a few avenues.
Instrumentation engineers typically work for industries with automated processes, 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.
The average day of an instrumentation engineer at an oil refinery:
8am: Check systems complaints against the instruments. Start trouble-shooting. Ask technicians to replace faulty instruments or repair them
1pm: Meeting with the boss to discuss a project of installing new system/instruments
2pm: Come back to plant. Follow up on the morning’s job and look at new complaints. Work out plans for implementation of the new automation system
4pm: Pack up for the day Woken up at midnight to check a snag in the system at the plant