B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering is a 4-year undergraduate course. The basic eligibility for pursuing B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering is to pass 12th standard with a minimum of 60% aggregate. Also, they must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as major subjects.
The average tuition fee for this course is INR 1.2 Lacs- INR 3.8 Lacs.
It involves the study of automated systems and maintenance of instruments used in various manufacturing agencies. It is considered to be a fusion of Electrical, Electronics and Measurement Engineering.
B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering can get jobs as a lecturer, Associate Professor, Instrumentation Engineer, Control and Instrumentation Engineer, Technical Consultant, Trainee Draftsman. One can also get employed in the government sector. Companies which hire Instrumentation Engineering students are NTPC, GAIL, ABB, HPCL, IOCL, SAIL, GE, BHEL, Bosch, L&T, Suzlon etc. The average salary for an entry-level instrumentation engineer ranges from INR 3 Lacs to 5 Lacs per annum.
In layman’s term Instrumentation Engineering includes the following processes: -
A student should pass 10+2 standard with 60% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics for taking admission in Instrumentation Engineering course. Most of the institutes ask for a rank scored in any relevant entrance exam. Some of the institutes also hold above 70% criteria in class 12.
Students have to clear any one of the entrance exams for engineering courses like JEE Main and JEE Advanced, COMEDK UGETfor taking admission. After getting a rank, students have to go through the counselling process by the respective authorities which may also include an interview. On the basis of rank obtained by the candidates, seats are offered. Also, some universities give direct admissions to the students on merit basis.
The exam pattern is similar for most of the entrance exams. There are 3 sections viz., Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Questions are framed on class 11 and 12 syllabuses. Duration of the exam is 3 hours.
Below are listed a number of B.Tech entrance exams conducted in India:-
|Exam Name||Level/Conducted By||Accepting Colleges|
|JEE Main||National level/ CBSE||NITs, IIITs (most of the institutes accept JEE Main Score)|
|COMEDK UGET||COMEDK||All engineering colleges of Karnataka|
|SRMJEEE||SRM University||SRM Campuses|
|BITSAT||BITS Pilani||BITS campuses|
Candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam and 12th board. For e.g. in JEE Main candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their marks in the exam. The top 2 lakh candidates are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Candidates should note that for any academic session, JEE Main score will be accepted for admission in B.E./B.Tech programme throughout the country. However, some states such as COMEDK UGET conduct their own entrance tests.
On the basis of marks scored in the 10+2 exams and management quota seats, students are given direct admission in the engineering institutes. Students with 45% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are eligible for direct admission in B.Tech. Some colleges which offer direct admission in B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering are Greater Kolkata College of Engineering & Management (Kolkata), Pailan College of Management & Technology ( Kolkata), Netaji Subhash Engineering College (Kolkata).
Students, after completion of their diploma course, can take admission directly in the 3rd semester of B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering through lateral entry. Some colleges also conduct entrance tests for lateral entry. Students with minimum 60% marks (eligibility criteria can vary institute wise) in the diploma are eligible to take admissions in the B.Tech course.
Following institutes offers lateral entry.
Distance mode of education
Some Universities also offer B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering education in distance mode.
The course structure for most of the B.Tech programmes are similar. The subjects taught in 1st semester is common for all the programmes. It includes subjects such as Engineering Mathematics, Digital Electronics, Software Engineering. In rest of the semesters, topics related to specific specialization are taught.
Candidates can check the complete syllabus of B.Tech Instrumentation Engineering below:-
Engineering Mathematics –I
Engineering Mathematics –II
Engineering Mathematics-IV (Elective – I)
Electronics Devices and Circuits
Linear Integrated Circuits
Introduction to Computers & Programming
Elements of Electrical Engineering
Signals and Systems
Elements of Mechanical Engineering
Digital Electronics and Logic Design
Environmental Studies (Audit)
Human Values and Professional Ethics
Electrical and Electronics Measurements
Sensors and Transducers
Feedback Control Systems
Instrumentation Component Design
Modern Control Theory
Microcontrollers and Digital Signal Processors
Instrumentation Project Management
Digital Signal Processing
Distributed Control Systems
Embedded System Design
Chemical and Analytical Instrumentation
Control System Components
PC based Instrumentation
Microprocessor Based Instrumentation
Power Plant Instrumentation and Unit Operation
Principles of Communication Engineering
Data Communication for Automation
Seminar on Industrial Training
Instrumentation Engineering students have very bright future. They can work in private as well as public sector companies. Instrumentation Engineers can get jobs as lecturer, instrumentation engineer, assistant professors, proposal instrumentation engineer. Students, after completing M.Tech and Ph.D. in this field can apply for jobs in the education sector and can also opt for research work.
Students of Instrumentation Engineering can apply for various job profiles, following being a few of them
|Designation||Description of job profile|
|Lecturer||The job of the lecturer is to do teaching, research work and duties related to administration. Lecturer ensure the regular checking and assessment of the work submitted by the students. They take the staff work meetings under their control for the required improvement in the department. Managing research budget is the duty of the lecturer.|
|Lead Instrumentation Engineer||To supervise Instrument Engineer, prioritize and assign work to the them. Train technicians in the operation and maintenance of facility class instruments and related equipment. Maintain commitment to a high standard of safety, comply with all safety laws and WMKO safety policies/rules, and report actual and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.|
|Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer||To check the electricity and its consumption in coordination with maintenance manager. They supervise electrical and control equipment suppliers and recommend the technical material as per the requirement of the project. Electrical and instrumentation engineer keep a check on the performance of the lineman. They recommend management solutions regarding the requirement of the line technician and for the suspension of the line technician if he is not doing good at his site.|
Control and Instrumentation Engineer
|To ensure that the instruments installed in the plants work smoothly and efficiently. Control and Instrumentation Engineer perform the research related to the project and also prepare the budget of the project. They design, develop and install the equipment required in the power plant projects, manufacturing industries etc.|
Following are the top companies in India which hire Instrumentation Engineers: -
Following are some of the PSU companies which hire Instrumentation Engineer: -