Instrument control engineer


An instrument control engineer is responsible for a wide range of tasks related to instrumentation, control systems (including software) and data management. They provide technical and maintenance support including the installation and fault diagnosis of instrumentation and control equipment.

Lifecycle stages

Manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

Manufacturer, developer, EPCI contractor or specialist consultancies.

Place of work

Office. May occasionally visit the offshore site to troubleshoot issues.

Typical working pattern

Full-time fixed term contract. Flexible working arrangements may be available.

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7, in a relevant field such as electrical, electronic, instrumentation, or systems controls and experience as an instrument control engineer in a related industry.

TUV (or equivalent) Functional Safety Engineer qualifications are desirable.

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available at NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 4. For graduates, competencies in related engineering software such as ETAP & AutoCAD is desirable.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include junior instrument control engineers.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as other energy generation systems, maritime, aviation and oil and gas.

Career possibilities

Instrument control engineers can progress to become senior instrument control engineers, control systems managers and engineering managers.

Full time salary estimate

€30,000 (Graduate role) – €80,000 (engineering manager) per year, depending on experience.