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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Hons) in Instrumentation and Control Engineering

Sarjana Muda Teknologi Kejuruteraan (Kepujian) Kejuruteraan Instrumentasi Dan Kawalan

What is Instrumentation and Control Engineering?

UniKL MITEC Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (BICE) is a hands-on program which concerns on the application and implementation of measurement and control techniques of process variables for monitoring, record, control and performance assessment of a wide range of manufacturing and industrial processes.

BICE is developed to ensure students gain maximum skills in specific control disciplines such as advanced process control (APC), distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). The use of these disciplines will depend on the exact nature of individual job roles.To ensure the understanding of these specific disciplines, on the first three semesters, BICE focuses on transferring knowledge of electronics fundamentals to the students such as electrical and electronic devices, analog electronic, digital system, signal & system, sensor & actuator, microprocessor & micro controller, etc.

To ensure the understanding of these specific disciplines, on the first three semesters, BICE focuses on transferring knowledge of electronics fundamentals to the students such as electrical and electronic devices, analog electronic, digital system, signal & system, sensor & actuator, microprocessor & micro controller, etc. For the next three semesters, BICE concentrates on the knowledge of process variables in various industrial applications. Applications which are covered in BICE are chemical & bioprocess, environmental, piping, manufacturing material, industrial automation and much more.

Programming is the heart of BICE. Various simulator and programming software will be introduced to the students such as C programming, MATLAB. MULTISIM and LABVIEW. The hands-on laboratory component is designed to enable the student to experience the installation, configuration, calibration, troubleshooting & maintain instruments (pneumatic, analog, digital) as well as implement various techniques of modern control systems in a variety of replicated industrial settings.

 

The need of Instrumentation and Control in industry

Instrumentation and control systems are used in most industries to measure and control variables such as pressure, flow, level, temperature, density, Ph (acidity or alkalinity), mass, conductivity, motion, force and chemical composition. These variables are consistently measured and monitored to ensure the output of a specific process are within a desired acceptable range and at the same time protect the safety of equipment in the system. Small changes in these variables may alter a process which produces a large impact at the end of the result. Corrective action needs to be done immediately to control these variables back for a stable process system.

In most industries, a large number of process variables are monitored simultaneously. The advancement of technology in Instrumentation and Control engineering (ICE) fields enable industries to have only a small staff of operating personnel to operate a complex process from a central control room. ICE technology is the tool that enables manufacturers to keep their operations running within specified limits and to set more precise limits to maximize profitability, and at the same time to ensure quality and safety.



Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  • PEO 1
    To produce graduates who are knowledgeable, competent, and innovative, who will contribute towards the human capital in instrumentation and control engineering, and related industry.
  • PEO 2
    To produce graduates who are well trained in the professional skills to support their role instrumentation and control engineering fields such as effective leadership, teamwork skills and interpersonal communication skills.
  • PEO 3
    To produce graduates who are committed to the importance of lifelong learning and continual improvement in the instrumentation and control engineering field.
  • PEO 4
    To produce graduates who practice professionalism with ethics and responsibility towards sustainable development.
  • PEO 5
    To produce graduates who are capable of embarking on business and technopreneurial activities in instrumentation and control engineering and related field.

 



Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Majors in engineering technology will be able to:

  • PLO 1
    Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization to define and applied engineering procedures, process, systems or methodologies in instrumentation and control engineering.
  • PLO 2
    Identify, formulate, research literature and solve broadly defined engineering problems by reaching substantiated conclusions using analytical tools appropriate to the area of specialization in instrumentation and control engineering.
  • PLO 3
    Design solutions for broadly defined instrumentation and control engineering problems and contribute to the design of systems, components or processes to meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations.
  • PLO 4
    Conduct investigations of broadly defined instrumentation and control engineering problems; locate, search and select relevant data from codes, databases and literature design and conduct experiments to provide a valid conclusion.
  • PLO 5
    Select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools, including prediction and modeling to broadly defined instrumentation and control engineering activities, with an understanding of the limitations.
  • PLO 6
    Demonstrate the professional skills such as excellent leadership and teamwork in diverse and cross-functional technical teams.
  • PLO 7
    Communicate effectively on broadly defined instrumentation and control engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, with the ability to comprehend, establish effective reports, documentation, presentations as well as conferring and delivering clear instructions.
  • PLO 8
    Demonstrate understanding of the societal, health safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to instrumentation and control engineering practice.
  • PLO 9
    Understand and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of instrumentation and control engineering technology practice.
  • PLO 10
    Understand the impact of instrumentation and control engineering solutions in a societal contact and demonstrate knowledge of and the needs for sustainable development.
  • PLO 11
    Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of management, business practices, and technopreneurial competencies.
  • PLO 12
    Recognize the needs for, and have the ability to engage in independent and lifelong learning.

Career Information

JOB DESCRIPTION
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technologist (ICET) is responsible for installing, managing and/or maintaining equipment which is used to monitor & control engineering systems, machinery, and processes in various industries. ICET needs to ensure that these systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently and safely. In order to do this, ICET requires a thorough understanding of the whole operational processes of the industry. As for that, they will have a multidisciplinary role, working closely with colleagues across a number of functions, including operations, purchasing, and design.

SALARY AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Salary levels for ICET vary according to the size of organization, industry sector and geographical location. In Malaysia, average starting salaries for ICET graduates is monthly around RM 2,500. Average salaries for those with years of experience range from RM 4,500 to RM 12,000 a month. Internationally, typical starting salaries for Instrumentation and Control Engineering graduates range from RM100,000 to RM150,000 a year. International salaries for those in a senior or lead role range between RM175,000 and RM300,000 annually. ICET maybe worked based in an office, laboratory or factory, depending on the nature of the industry. The nature of the job sometimes requires them to be on-call or on standby to deal with disturbance or faults which occur at the plant or site.

Instrumentation and Control Engineering fields sometimes carry high levels of responsibility and may be stressful, particularly at a very senior level, where accountability lies directly with them in which they often have to work under pressure, to tight deadlines, and within budget.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
ICET develops skills in specific control disciplines such as distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). The use of these disciplines will depend on the exact nature of individual job roles. Daily task and responsibility of ICET include testing, maintaining and modifying existing systems. Installing and commissioning new control systems is also one of the main tasks of ICET. ICET must have managing skill to make a fast decision and have the capability to analyze daily data and interpret the status of the system. Notebooks and computers are the friendly tools which always accompany ICET in doing their routine jobs. They usually have to write computer programs and upload test procedure to the system.

In the event of disturbance to the plant, ICET requires troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to remove the disturbance. Sometimes, they have to liaise with clients, suppliers, contractors and relevant authorities to solve the problem. ICET is also required to understand and ensure the existing systems are in compliance with the health & safety regulations and quality standards set by the government and industries.

POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
ICET is needed in a range of engineering sectors including rail, construction, telecommunications and automotive. The most widely recognized recruiters of ICET are in the following types of organizations:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Automotive and Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Biomedical and Pharmaceutical
  • Energy Supply
  • Communications
  • Electronics
  • Computer systems
  • Defense-related industries.

ICET is also employed by companies which produce control and instrumentation equipment.

OTHER RELATED JOBS
Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (BICE) from UniKL MITEC also prepares students for technical specialization for the following potential jobs:

(Salary range is based on research conducted by Kelly Services Malaysia for 2013/2014 Salary Guideline with respect to maximum years of working experience (y.e))

 

  • TEST ENGINEER
    Evaluate, recommend & implement automated test tools and strategies. Write, implement & report status for system test cases. Analyze test cases and provide regular progress reports.
    Salary Range: RM 2500-RM 4000 (2 y.e)
  • ASSEMBLY ENGINEER
    Carry out assembly, debugging and testing of automation and modules/tool assembly and debugging. Install completed system or upgrade the old system to current specs. Perform product inspection.
    Salary Range: RM 3000-RM 5000 (3 y.e)
  • AUTOMATION ENGINEER
    Design, program, simulate and test automated machinery and processes in order to complete exact tasks.
    Salary Range: RM 4000-RM 7000 (4 y.e)
  • ELECTRICAL AND INSTRUMENT ENGINEER
    Taking the lead role in handling and resolving electrical and instrumentation design and engineering issues. Review, comments, approval, and monitoring of contractor’s electrical and Instrumentation design and engineering work. Liaise with other engineering disciplines (process, piping, safety) to ensure overall system integrity
    Salary Range: RM 5500-RM 7500 (6 y.e)
  • PRODUCT ENGINEER
    Involve in product improvement activities and testing. Recommend test methodology and test process.
    Salary Range: RM 3500-RM 5000 (6 y.e)
  • PROCESS ENGINEER
    Develop various kinds of chemical processes used in manufacturing. They focus on the design, operation, control, and optimization of chemical, physical, and biological processes. They also handle safety practices as well as test and monitor any required equipment.
    Salary Range: RM 7000-RM 12000 (7 y.e)
  • PIPING ENGINEER
    Develop piping and mechanical estimates for proposed projects in the region. Develop piping and mechanical detailed design for projects in a region using Autocad and/or hand drawn.
    Salary Range: RM 7000-RM 12000 (7 y.e)
Semester 1
  • Technopreneurship
  • Fundamental English
  • Co-Curriculum 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Science 1
  • Tamadun Islam & Tamadun Asia / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (1)
  • Introduction to Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Electrical and Electronic Devices

Semester 2
  • Professional English 1
  • Isu-isu Kontemporari Muslim di Malaysia / Culture & Lifestyle in Malaysia
  • Mandarin 1
  • Instrumentation and Process Control Applications
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Introduction to Workshop Practice
  • Analog Electronics

Semester 3
  • Professional English 2
  • Mandarin 2
  • Applied Statistics
  • Digital Systems
  • Engineering Drawing & CAD
  • Computer Programming
  • Signal & System
  • Materials Science
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • HVAC 1: Applied Thermodynamics & Air Conditioning System

Semester 4
  • Destructive & Non-destructive Testing
  • Hubungan Etnik / Pengajian Malaysia 3
  • Hydraulic & Pneumatic Control System
  • Sensors & Actuators
  • Microprocessor & Microcontroller
  • Programmable Logic Control

Semester 5
  • Distributed Control System
  • Data Acquisition System
  • Piping Engineering Mechanism & Control
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Environmental Analysis Principles & Measurements
  • Elective 1

Semester 6
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Industrial Communication Systems
  • Final Year Project 1
  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Material Monitoring & Control Apparatus
  • Elective 2

Semester 7
  • Final Year Project 2
  • Innovation Management
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Instruments
  • Certification, Standards, and Regulation in Instrumentation &
  • Control
  • Elective 3

Semester 8
  • Industrial Training

Quick Points

Campus:
UniKL MITEC

Status Programme:
Provisional Accredited

Program Code:
JPT/BPP (N/523/6/0093) 09/17, MQA PA 1995

Specialisation:
Electronic, Instrumentation, Control and Mechatronic

Study Level:
Bachelor Degree

Intake:
January & September Only

Duration:
4 years

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