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 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.
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 (ICE) 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))
1. 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)
2. ASSEMBLY ENGINEER
Carry out assembly, debugging and testing of automation and modules/tool assembly and debugging. Install completed system or upgrade old system to current specs. Perform product inspection.
Salary Range: RM 3000-RM 5000 (3 y.e)
3. AUTOMATION ENGINEER
Design, program, simulate and test automated machinery and processes in order to complete exact tasks.
Salary Range: RM 4000-RM 7000 (4.ye)
4. ELECTRICAL AND INSTRUMENT ENGINEER
Taking 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.ye)
5. PRODUCT ENGINEER
Involve in product improvement activities and testing. Recommend test methodology and test process.
Salary Range: RM 3500-RM 5000 (6.ye)
6. 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.ye)
7. PIPING ENGINEER
Develop piping and mechanical estimates for proposed projects in the region. Develop piping and mechanical detailed design for projects in region using Autocad and/or hand drawn.
Salary Range: RM 7000-RM 12000 (7.ye)