Instrumentation engineers are responsible for tasks relating to the creation and upkeep of instrumentation, usually in a factory or plant environment. This instrumentation helps to monitor and regulate processes so they work efficiently and accurately, and these engineers may also set up instrumentation to function for particular tasks; this is done by creating specifications and configuring the instrumentation so that it operates as necessary.
Solutions should be tested to ensure that they work well, and all corrections should be made in a timely manner to resolve any issues. These engineers may also create consultation for a variety of clients with different needs, so problem-solving skills are important in order to find custom solutions. They may have budget constraints, so it's also important to keep costs low without sacrificing the quality of the components.
When instrumentation is implemented, workers who operate the machines can then follow these specifications to control them properly. Instrumentation engineers may also be expected to create training manuals and administer training to employees regarding how to operate the machinery. It is important to stay up-to-date with all new trends so that new technology and techniques can be applied whenever possible. A bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering is generally required for this position, and those in this position usually have an office and occasional field work. Travel may occasionally be required to meet with clients or different divisions of a company.
Instrumentation Engineer Tasks
- Supervises and trains project staff as needed.
- Develop test requirements, specifications and systems, validation plans, reports and test procedures.
- Inspects design projects to ensure conformance with test requirements and specifications.
- Provide testability analysis and recommendation for project requirements.