Learn about the tools and techniques that are used to measure, control and monitor today's industrial facilities.  This stream places emphasis on the use of industrial related techniques and tools such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), classic and modern control strategies and industry-standard software development tools.

Well trained instrument technicians are in demand due to retirement, restructuring and the rapid growth in new industries and technologies. there is a general shortage of skilled instrumentation engineers and technicians in several parts of the world. Many companies comment on how difficult it is to find experienced instrumentation workers, despite offering attractive salaries.

Join the next generation of instrument technicians and embrace an intensive yet enjoyable career by embarking on this comprehensive and practical engineering career pathway. Leading instrumentation engineers and academics present the program.

The aim of this program is to provide you with core instrumentation engineering skills so that you can grasp these opportunities to enhance your career and to benefit your employer. An instrument technician will be involved with the practical design, installation and maintenance of electronic digital and pneumatic equipment, control systems, maintenance and problem solving. the calibration of measuring instruments and the optimisation of systems can also be required. In the engineering team the technician may have to act as a supervisor in order to interpret and pass on the instructions received from senior personnel.

How to apply

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To apply for a place in the next scheduled start date, please complete the enrollment application form contained in the program brochure

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Career Opportunities

After completion of the theoretical part of the National Certificate at level 6, the student will be employed as a learner technician for the period determined by the employer - a minimum of 24 months. After completion of the training period, the student be appointed as a technician.

People working in the instrumentation engineering fields require specialised technical skills and knowledge in order to  meet the requirements of continually changing environment of the various industries. Students will acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required in small and medium businesses as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations.

Qualifying learners at N6 should be able to find employment in the sectors below:

  • Mining
  • Petrochemical
  • Marine
  • Food & Beverage
  • Chemical Industries
  • Automotive Industry
  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Industry

Other fields that can also be entered are those of sales engineer at an existing supplier of instrumentation equipment or as an entrepreneur, specialising in sales, maintenance, installation or manufacturing.

 

Comprehensive eBooks and Associated Documentation

In addition to the course fee, you will need to purchase textbooks for most subjects in the program. Included with the course fee you will receive four of our up-to-date technical eBooks to add to your library. All together, these reference books contain hundreds of pages of valuable know-how distilled from years of experience in presenting technical training throughout the world.

  • Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control
  • Best Practice in Process, Electrical and Instrumentation Drawings and Documentation
  • Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design
  • Practical Project Management for Engineers and Techncians

 

Subjects for each level:

N4
1. Industrial Electronics
Alternating Current Theory
Direct Current Theory
Semi-Conductors (Diodes)
Power Supplies
Transistor and Amplifier Devices
Operational Amplifiers
Electronic Power Control
Transducer
Testing Equipment
2. Digital Electronics
Number Systems and Codes
Logic Circuits and Systems
Basic Treatment of Interfacing Elements and Applications
3. Industrial Instruments
Pressure and Vacuum Measurements, Including Electrical Methods
Level Measurement
Flow Measurement
Temperature Measurement
Telemetering
Automatic Control
4. Engineering Science
Kinematics
Angular Motion
Dynamics
Statics
Hydraulics
Stress, Straing and Young's Modulus
Heat
5. Mathematics
Equations, Manipulation and Word Problems
Determinants
Complex Numbers
Trigonometry
Sketch Graphs
Limits and Differentiation
Integration
N5 (Any of the 4 subjects below)
1. Industrial Electronics
Alternating Current Theory
Power Supply
Transistor Amplifiers
Operational Amplifiers
Integrated Circuits
Transducers
Electronic Phase Control
Oscillators
2. Digital Electronics
Number Systems and Codes
Logic Circuits and Systems
Interfacing Elements and Applications
3. Industrial Instruments
Flow
Analytical Instruments
Control (Hardware)
Temperature Measurement
Telemetering
Automatic Control
4. Mathematics
Limits and Continuity
Differentiation
Application of Differentiation
Integration Techniques
Application of the Definite Integral
Differential Equations
N6 (Any of the 4 subjects below)
1. Industrial Electronics
Transients
Transducers
Ultrasonic
X-Rays and Radio Activity
Automatic Inspection and Testing
Non-Destructive Testing
Electronic Safety Devices
Thyristor Power Supplies
Electronic Power Control
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
2. Digital Electronics
Number Systems and Codes
Logic Circuits and Systems
Interfacing Elements and Applications
3. Industrial Instruments
Emmision Spectroscopy
Gas Analysers
Calorimetry
Chromatography
Automatic Control
Control Valves
Process Reaction
Instrumentation of Plant
Explosion Hazard and Intrinsic Safety
4. Mathematics
Differentiation
Integration Techniques
Partial fractions
Differential Equations
Applications of the Definite Integral
Applications Where Differentiation and Integration Techniques are Combined

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