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Course of Instrumentation and Control

Salient Features of the Diploma Programme

1. Name of the Programme : Diploma Programme in
Instrumentation and Control
2. Duration of the Programme : Three years (Six Semesters)
3. Entry Qualification : Matriculation or equivalent as
prescribed by State Board of Technical Education, J&K
4. Intake : 30 (or as prescribed by the Board)
5. Pattern of the Programme : Semester Pattern
6. Ratio between theory and practice : 60 : 40 (Approx.)
7. Ecology and Environment:
As per directives of Government of India directives, an awareness camp on Ecology and Environment has been incorporated during second semester.
8. Entrepreneurship Development:
An Entrepreneurial Awareness Camp and a full subject on Generic Skills and Entrepreneurship development have been incorporated in the scheme.
9. Personality Development
A camp focusing on personality development of students has been incorporated in the fifth semester. There will be assessment under SCA.
10. Industrial Exposure:
Six weeks of industrial training is included after IV semester during summer vacation Internal assessment out of 50 marks and external assessment out of another 50 marks will be added in 5th semester. Total marks allotted to industrial training will be 100.

Distribution of Marks:

Daily diary and reports of training 50 Marks
Viva Voce (External) 50 Marks
11. Student Centred Activities
A provision of 3-4 hrs per week has been made for organizing Student Centred Activities for overall personality development of students. Such activities will comprise of co–curricular activities like extension lectures, library studies, games, hobby clubs e.g. photography, painting, singing, seminars, declamation contests, educational field visits, N.C.C., NSS, Cultural Activities, Civil Defence/ Disaster Management activities etc.


Employment Opportunities and Activity Profile of Diploma Holders in Instrumentation and Control

A diploma holder in Instrumentation and Control may find employment in the following industry/organizations. The approximate distribution of employment is given in brackets.

Employment /Placement Opportunities

1. Process Industry
Industries like textiles, steel, pharmaceuticals, cement,
power generation, fertilizers, petrochemicals, food processing and paper etc
: (45 - 55%)
2. Manufacturing Industry : (15 - 20%)
3. Marketing and Sales Organization : (15 - 20%)
4. Service Organization including Defence : (10%)
5. Research Laboratories, Medical and Health Care Institutions, Universities and Colleges : (10 - 15%)
6. Self Enterprise including Dealership : (5%)


A survey of industry/organization reveals that in each of the above mentioned organizations the diploma holders in instrumentation and technology have the following designations:

1. Process Industries

- Supervisor/technician (Maintenance and repair )
- Supervisor/technician (Erection, commissioning and testing )
- Laboratory technician/workshop in charge in process industries
- Console operator in cement, pharmaceutical, paper, hydro and other process industries
- Measuring and controlling of different variables during process line, pressure, temperature etc.
- Supervisor (automation)

2. Manufacturing Industries:

- Design and development assistant
- Production supervisor/senior assistant
- Foreman
- Erection, calibration, testing and commissioning supervisor in measuring instruments and control system of manufacturing and assembly industries

3. Marketing and Service Organization:

- Marketing Assistant
- Sales and Service Engineer
- Customer Support Service Engineer

4. Service Organization:

- Repair and Maintenance Technician
- Customer Support Service Engineer

5. Instrumentation User Organization

- Instrument technician/supervisor, in institutions / research laboratories
- Junior Engineer
- Maintenance Mechanic/Supervisor

6. A small percentage of diploma holders may also become entrepreneurs either in manufacturing instruments or service and maintenance of instruments

7. Laboratory Supervisor in Educational Institutions

8. Medical and Healthcare Institutions for

- Repair and Maintenance &
- sales and service

Activity Profile

The diploma holders in Instrumentation and Control are employed in process industries, manufacturing and assembly industries of instrumentation, marketing and servicing organization. The activities they perform are listed below:

  1. Reading, interpreting and preparing instrumentation drawings and circuits
  2. Preparing estimates of men and material required for simple jobs of installation and maintenance
  3. Selecting instruments and devices for simple applications including specifications
  4. Developing control circuits and instrumentation for simple application/ modification of existing circuits
  5. Assembly, alignment, calibration and Testing of electronic process instruments
  6. Installing instruments, control accessories and panels
  7. Doing wiring/pneumatic connection of system/panel and check the systems as per instruction of suppliers
  8. Inspecting system, diagnose fault and take corrective action
  9. Testing instruments and devices on simulated systems and actual system(s)
  10. Performing routine preventive maintenance of instruments and system(s)
  11. Activities related to teaching profession in laboratories
  12. Fault finding through tests, repair and calibration of instruments, devices and systems
  13. Sale and service of equipment/instruments and systems
  14. Repairing of analog and digital electronic instruments
  15. Managing a small repair shop
  16. Dealing and communicating effectively with the people
  17. Process blue print generation
  18. PLCs, DCS, SCADA networking and installation
  19. Procurement System – documentation, hierarchical involvement in management information system
  20. Awareness of Standards/Codes/Safety measures
  21. Safety hazards
  22. Process Operation and Control eg electroplating
  23. Disaster mitigation and management-seismic data monitoring and use
  24. Terrorism acts mitigation – using safety controls, close circuit TV and sensing elements
  25. Preparation of Management Information System
  26. Process parameter monitoring and taking corrective action. Process tread/alarm monitoring and report generation by making use of latest control software like Yokogawa, CS=3000/100, TATA Honeywell, DCS software etc.

Competency Profile of Diploma Holders in Instrumentation and Control

Keeping in view the job opportunities and activity profile of the diploma holders in Instrumentation and Control, following competency profile is aimed at for developing necessary knowledge and skills in the students:

  1. Understanding of various stages of process, process variables, methods adopted for measurement and control including recording data in industries
  2. Understanding of the principles of operation, constructional details, error adjustment and process of assembly of instruments and devices
  3. Ability to identify various types of control devices, systems and instruments
  4. Understanding of basic principles of electrical and electronics engineering
  5. Understanding of electrical equipment and machines
  6. Ability to draw and interpret various types of drawings used in the process and control systems
  7. Competency of designing the layout of control circuits and fabricate small control panels
  8. Ability to select appropriate instruments for the control and measurement of particular parameter
  9. Ability to select and use actuators, different devices and interface circuits, components, tools and instruments for testing, maintenance and repair of instruments including bio-medical instruments
  10. Competency to install/erect and commission, equipment including power electronic devices and control panels including preparation of estimates for given job of installation/repair/survey
  11. Ability to test and calibrate various components and instruments in industry
  12. Knowledge and skills in using information technology tools for information storage, retrieval and dissemination, and making use of computer application software like Matlab, Allenbradely, SLC 100 on PLCs, DCS software etc.
  13. Knowledge of digital devices, microprocessors and micro controllers and their applications in electronic instrumentation system
  14. Knowledge of digital bus technologies in Automated Process/Manufacturing industries like Foundation Field Bus, MOD Bus etc.
  15. Modern control strategies which one is used by the Industries in the present context
  16. Knowledge of hybrid systems being used by developed countries.
  17. Knowledge of basic principles of management and entrepreneurship to manage men, material and machines optimally
  18. Knowledge of setting up an enterprise in small scale of tiny sector and competency to promote marketing/servicing of the products
  19. Proficiency in oral and written communication, preparation of projects and technical report writing, managing relationship with juniors, peers and seniors for effective functioning in the world of work
  20. Knowledge of using quality control standards (national and international) for instrumentation and control
  21. Understanding of basic principles of sciences and foundation for further studies
  22. Awareness about technological advancements and newer areas of instrumentation and control.


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