What is Instrument Engineering?
Instrument Engineering is the multidisciplinary specialisation centred on the principles of operation and applications of the diverse instrumentation used to measure, control and automate processes and systems throughout industry and society. Within process industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, beverages and water, instrument engineering contributes significantly to quality, safety, productivity and efficiency.
About the Course
This multidisciplinary course provides a comprehensive foundation of physical science, mathematics, electronics, measurement technology and information technology on which a range of specialist instrument engineering modules are developed. There is a continual emphasis throughout the course on the design standards and best practice relevant to instrument engineering.
There is a mandatory 10 week work placement in Year 3. During the placement, students will gain direct experience in the practice of instrument engineering within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.
In the final year of the course there is a major project in the area of instrument engineering. Graduates will be able to design, develop and implement measurement and control systems. Graduates will also be able to manage, evaluate and critically analyse complex instrumentation and process control installations. The course is presented through a mix of formal lectures and practical sessions.
This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.
The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.
Graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
Is this a Science course or an Engineering Course?
This is a multidisciplinary course with a mix of science and engineering modules. This broad base provides graduates with a skill-set that provides a wide range of employment opportunities and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies.
What level of Mathematics is recommended?
Higher Level Mathematics is not required, but as with all physical science and engineering courses numeracy is essential and you need to be comfortable with Mathematics.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Motivation, initiative, dependability, commitment, analytical ability.
What should my interests be?
How things work, problem-solving and meeting technical challenges.
Where am I likely to work?
There are excellent employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for graduates. These opportunities are in pharmachem, biotech and other process industries. Employment is either directly with these companies or in the systems integrators and engineering consultancies that support these companies.