How to become a Measurement & Control Engineer

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What does a Measurement & Control Engineer do?

Measurement and control engineers design and commission new control equipment and systems, as well as improving existing ones, to regulate and monitor semi- and fully-automated production processes across a range of industries. These include manufacturing, transport, light and heavy engineering, petrochemical, biochemical, and power generation.

Control instruments, such as programmable logic controls (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCSs) are used to find out exactly what is happening in a specific area of operation or production, and to carry out any necessary changes and adjustments instantly. They are also designed to collate and feedback data, which is used in planning and quality control.

Engineers' duties vary depending on the exact role and responsibility but includes:
  • carrying out feasibility studies for new developments or innovations
  • drawing up technical plans and specifications for systems using computer-assisted engineering and design software
  • analysing data and using modelling techniques to develop cost-efficient production processes
  • estimating material, construction and labour costs, and project timescales
  • coordinating the work of associated technicians and craftspeople
  • overseeing inspection and maintenance programmes
  • attending meetings, writing reports and giving presentations to managers and clients.

Fully qualified professional engineers usually hold incorporated or chartered status. See Training section for details.

What's the working environment like working as a Measurement & Control Engineer?

Measurement and control engineers work normal office hours. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines, or to deal with breakdowns and faults.

Work is mainly office based with some time spent in factory production areas or on a plant site.

What does it take to become a Measurement & Control Engineer?

To be a measurement and control engineer, you need:

  • excellent maths, science, technology and IT skills
  • to be able to analyse complex problems and critically evaluate solutions
  • to be able to visualise and explain theoretical design solutions
  • strong decision-making skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • to be able to categorise, prioritise and manage projects effectively
  • to be able to work within budgetary constraints
  • excellent interpersonal and teamworking skills.

Measurement & Control Engineer Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist throughout the process, manufacturing and engineering sectors. In addition, there are opportunities to work for manufacturers who produce measurement and control instruments.

With relevant skills, engineers can specialise in particular aspects of the role such as design, testing, manufacture or technical sales and marketing; and with experience, opportunities may arise in project management, research and development or consultancy.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Measurement & Control Engineer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
Tel: 020 7227 8421

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
20-24 York Street
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Savoy Place
Tel: 020 7240 1871

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891

The Institute of Measurement and Control
87 Gower Street
Tel: 020 7387 4949

The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)

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