Instrumentation and Control Certificate

I&C engineers are responsible for the research, design, development and control of devices/systems that are found in manufacturing facilities and plants as well as in high-technology industries such as aerospace and automotive. In manufacturing facilities, I&C engineers are in charge of the design and maintenance of mechanisms that allow goods to be produced. In aerospace, I&C engineers are involved not only with the manufacture of aircraft and spaceships, but in the development of complex life support systems. In the automotive area, I&C engineers are involved in the design of complex sensor and control systems.

The Philip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering offers the certificate in I&C as a set of elective courses within the B.S.E.E .curriculum to prepare electrical engineers to be hired as I&C engineers in a diverse range of automation companies. The certificate holders will have preparation in process control, PLC programming, and instrumentation. Employment opportunities such as oil and gas, chemical processing, pulp and paper, power generation, food processing, and manufacturing industries are some of the areas that they will be able to seek employment. The certificate will be awarded to students who successfully pass the I&C elective courses described below. It is possible to earn the certificate without taking courses in excess of the B.S.E.E. program of study by using the current allowance of electives. I&C certificate courses may be taken at any time in the program of study (degree plan) providing pre-requisites are met. Interested students should contact the department regarding schedules and course offerings. Please note that the pre-requisite for ELEN 2320 Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Control is ELEN 1100 Introduction to Electrical Engineering. Students can start certificate work as early as the freshman year.

I&C Certificate Details

The Philip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering (LUEE) currently offers an ABET-Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. The goal is to provide students with skills and knowledge in the field of electrical engineering to be prepared for career development in a variety of concentration fields such as solid-state devices, optics, signal processing, control, power and renewable energies, and communications that underlie much of the technology used in modern society. The I&C certificate allows a greater depth to be achieved in this critical area of engineering as a complement to the general electrical engineering preparation afforded by the LUEE B.S.E.E. degree.

Program Outcomes

  1. Ability to explain, discuss and describe the principles and theories related to basic process control instrumentation. Read and analyze instrumentation diagrams and documents. Design instrumentation and automation systems.
  2. Ability to devise control algorithms for automation systems. To that end, the students will learn to design relay logic and ladder logic diagrams. Ladder logic diagrams are the foundation for modern programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  3. Develop an understanding of advanced industrial measurement and control systems including detailed measurement and control strategies, advanced control systems and elementary process modeling.
  4. Ability to design control schemes and analyze their closed loop stability of the control processes using the theory of control and software tools such as MATLAB.

Certificate Requirements (9 credits)

One of:

ELEN 4304: Advanced Instrumentation and Control

ELEN 4336: Instrumentation Systems and Automation

Note: If both are taken, one counts as an elective (see below)

Two Electives from the following group:

ELEN 2320: Fundamentals of Instrumentation and Control

ELEN I&C Elective taken from one of the topical areas below:

Robotics • Digital Signal Processing • Computer Networks • Embedded Systems

(others as approved by the Certificate Director or Department Chair)