Instrumentation Engineering is a multidisciplinary field and a specialist branch of electrical and electronics engineering.
It covers subjects from other engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering.
As a discipline, it is the science of measurement, control, and automation of processes.
Instrumentation engineering comprises the design and development of more efficient electrical machinery, control equipment and power systems for the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy, and telecommunication.
Instrumentation technicians perform operations like commissioning, installation, calibration, maintenance, and repair of complex measurement and control systems used in a variety of process control operations.
Those willing to make a career in this field should have a sound knowledge of measurement and control principles of pneumatic and electronic instruments theoretically as well as practically.
Instrumentation has been the fundamental engine for catalyzing R&D in India.
Segments like communication, aerospace and defense, industrial, computers and semiconductors, education and academia, and general-purpose electronics also use instrumentation to validate their devices, designs, and deployment,” informs Jyotsna Kukreti Dobriyal, HR operations, Agilent Technologies India.
The required qualification if you want to take up a career in instrumentation engineering, instrumentation engineers must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, or a math-related field.
Though the exact discipline varies depending upon the industry in which you plan to work, most instrumentation engineers hold a degree in electrical, mechanical, or computer engineering.
Graduate-level degrees are preferred by many employers and may even be required for some advanced positions.
Some of the top sectors which open the employment opportunities for an instrumentation engineer are corporate businesses, consultancies, public sector companies, pharmaceutical, engineering firms, automation, railways, manufacturing, IT, finance, chemical firms, oil and gas industries, etc.
So for future technologies, Industrial automation would be the next revolutionary technology in the world. Hence there is a large scope for instrumentation engineers in the future.