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Control and Instrument Engineer

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Control and instrument engineers design, develop and manage the operation of sophisticated equipment which is used to monitor and control a wide range of machinery in manufacturing and processing industries.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for control and instrument engineers at graduate entry is usually around £20,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £26,000 to £38,000 a year. Senior engineers can earn over £55,000 a year.

If doing contract work, which can last a few weeks to a few months, earnings can be up to £36 an hour.

Conditions

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Getting In

Many control and instrument engineers work for companies which design and develop equipment. Others work for the companies which use the equipment, for example in the chemical and biochemical industries, aerospace, power generation, robotics, general manufacturing and oil and gas.

Job prospects are good. There are increasing opportunities in many engineering sectors, such as renewable energy.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland

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2020
2548
0.5 %
RISE
2025
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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: Customer.Services@enginuity.org
Website: https://enginuity.org/
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnginuityOrg

Institute of Measurement and Control
Tel: 020 7387 4949
Website: http://www.instmc.org
Twitter: @instmc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstMC

Institution of Engineering and Technology
Tel: 01438 313311
E-mail: postmaster@theiet.org
Website: http://www.theiet.org/
Twitter: @TheIET
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInstitutionofEngineeringandTechnology

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