Profession instrumentation engineer

Instrumentation engineers envision and design equipment used in manufacturing processes for controlling and monitoring various engineering processes remotely. They design equipment for the monitoring of production sites such as manufacturing systems, machinery uses and production processes.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Environmental threats

    The threats for the environment which are related to biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological, and physical hazards.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Control systems

    Devices or a set of devices that command and manage the performance and behaviour of other equipment and systems. This includes Industrial control systems (ICS) which are used for industrial production and manufacturing.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Instrumentation engineering

    The science and engineering discipline that attempts to control process variables of production and manufacturing. It also focuses on the design of systems with desired behaviours. These systems use sensors to measure the output performance of the device that is being controlled.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Instrumentation equipment

    The equipment and instruments used for the monitoring and controlling of processes, such as valves, regulators, circuit breakers, and relays.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Electricity principles

    Electricity is created when electric current flows along a conductor. It entails the movement of free electrons between atoms. The more free electrons are present in a material, the better this material conducts. The three main parameters of electricity are the voltage, current (ampère), and resistance (ohm).

Skills

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Abide by regulations on banned materials

    Comply with regulations banning heavy metals in solder, flame retardants in plastics, and phthalate plasticisers in plastics and wiring harness insulations, under EU RoHS/WEEE Directives and China RoHS legislation.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Develop instrumentation systems

    Develop control equipment, such as valves, relays, and regulators, which can be used to monitor and control processes. Test the developed equipment.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Design control systems

    Develop devices that command and manage the behaviour of other devices and systems, using engineering and electronics principles.

Optional knowledge and skills

record test data assess financial viability ensure compliance with safety legislation ensure equipment availability product data management manage system testing cad software project management manage instrumentation systems develop test procedures assemble instrumentation equipment design microelectromechanical systems write work-related reports nuclear energy perform test run perform project management supervise staff power plant instrumentation engineering control theory design prototypes manufacturing processes create software design design principles use technical drawing software define quality standards mechanics apply health and safety standards use cad software analyse production processes for improvement