Control and instrumentation engineers are responsible for the research, design, development and installation of devices and systems used in manufacturing facilities and plants. Your job is to make sure that these systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently and safely.
You might work for companies who manufacture and supply the equipment or for the companies who use it.
Employers of Control and Instrumentation Engineers
- Power generation companies
- Manufacturers and installers of instruments and control devices/systems
- Process companies
- Mining companies
- preparing and agreeing project budgets, timescales and specifications with clients and managers
- undertaking relevant research
- producing and implementing designs
- creating test procedures
- testing, evaluating, modifying and calibrating products and instruments
- writing reports and documentation
- analyzing and interpreting data
- collaborating with a team of scientists and engineers
- providing technical support.
Specific degrees in control and instrumentation engineering are available and are typically four years in length and lead to an MEng qualification. Electrical and electronic engineering degrees are also popular.
There are other engineering, technical and scientific degrees that are considered appropriate training, these include:
- applied physics or physics
- chemical engineering
- computer engineering
- mechanical engineering
- systems engineering.
- creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
- excellent critical thinking skills and a high level of numeracy
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- strong team working skills, with an ability to motivate others and to lead or manage teams and projects
- flexibility and an ability to compromise
- a willingness to accept responsibility and make decisions
- a high level of attention to detail
- excellent customer care skills and good commercial awareness
- an understanding of, and ability to work with, high-level computer technology.