Before stating the reasons and emphasizing on the selection of instrumentation engineering as a major field of interest, lets us know that what is the use of instrumentation engineering?
Have you ever watched the discovery channel and wandered how these travelers know the temperature of the climate as well as the body temperature of the animal?
Have you entered the mall installed with fully automated gates that just get open when you place your feet at some distance only?
What are those minute instruments that are operated in a human heart so that it starts working and pumping in its pace again?
Well… all these answers are somewhere answered in this blog!!
a.Instrumentation is a term used for the measuring instruments that are used for sensing, indicating, and recording physical quantities. Like the thermometer you use is a temperature measuring instrument. In today’s industrialization era, instrumentation can allow you to work in different fields of industries like the renewable, steel industry, chemical industry, FMGC’s, Biomedical, and many more. With such a great scope of the future, one can easily look for lots of paths he/she can pursue while studying it thoroughly.
b.It is a multi-disciplinary stream that allows a student to choose vital branches. Instrumentation also consists of controlling, measuring, and automation processes. So, if you have a keen interest in software designing and code building then you can also choose the same. In automation, an Instrument Engineer can learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT (Internet of Thinking) which may support his career in a well-known form.
c. As the industries are changing into fully automated resources, automation is the major job that is handled by instrumentation. Once you get expertise in it you can pursue your career by working for Vehicle manufacturing companies like Tesla. An automation engineer should also get the job as a design engineer or provide consultancy support.
d.While studying of instrumentation you will come across the biomedical engineering subject. If you have an interest in working in hospitals and health centers then this branch can help you to get through this. In biomedical instrumentation, students are mainly taught the designing and working of machines which are used for analysis and support to a patient in a hospital. While pursuing the same if someone gets an interest in the same the person can work for R&D and work as a scientist in the future.
e.An instrumentation engineer can lead as an instrumentation technician and maintainer. Such types of jobs are available in the steel industry, the chemical industry, and other manufacturing industries. Such an engineer should know PLC, SCADA, Arduino, and other pneumatic software. They also keep monitoring the regulatory check on the instruments that are already installed in an industry.
f. As the resources are limited on this earth, the supply of these resources may also create a hurdle in manufacturing industries. So, to make a balance in the environment and reduce CO2 emission engineers have designed a new path for generating energy by using renewable energy.
Here, while generating the energy the natural resources are being used to transform and to be stored. Solar, Wind energies are a certain example of the same. These industries require instrumentation engineers who can work as an energy manager, Auditor, and help in installing and commissioning of the plant. While working for the same if the employer gets more interest then he/she can get certification by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEU) under the ministry of power.
If someone is interested in getting certification under the field as an Energy engineer, then can check the following link-
Also, the students who are still completing their bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Instrumentation can do one to two months of training in PV Solar Installation and commission courses.
These courses will help you to gain the basic knowledge of how a solar plant works and if you want to start your startup then you can gain this certification by doing online courses through the provided websites.
An Instrumentation engineer has opportunities in many central government organizations like ISRO, IOC, BARC, NTPC, Railways, BSNL, HAL, AAI, etc. Also, certain core companies like Honeywell, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, ABB, Larsen & Turbo, Robert Bosch, Invensys, GE, Suzlon, 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.
I hope this piece of write up helps you to get suggestions and ideas for the branch and its scope.