M.E./M.Tech. IC Engineering course, scope, jobs and salary details

Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

In this article, we will have an analysis of M.E./M.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering program. It is a PG course that B.E./B.Tech. graduates of certain discipline (I’ve mentioned those branches in this article) may pursue. Here, we will check out information such as- basic course details, eligibility criteria, important subjects present, scope and job opportunities.


I’ve already published a detailed article about B.E./B.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering on Apnahangout. So, this article will be of help to IC Engineering graduates as well, who are interested in pursuing PG M.E./M.Tech. program!



First of all, let us check out the basic course details about M.E./M.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering course-

M.E./M.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering: Basic course details

It is a 2 years long Post Graduate Level program. The 2 years’ duration is divided into 4 semesters, each semester lasting a period of 6 months. During the first two semesters, students will primarily have to deal with theoretical subjects and practical sessions related to those subjects. While in 3rd and 4th semester, along with few theoretical subjects, students will have to focus more on thesis and project work.


Instrumentation and Control Engineering is all about working, designing and maintenance of control systems and machines, microprocessors, programming etc. This M.E./M.Tech. program also focuses on the same concepts, but in a more detailed manner, helping students apply the above concepts in Industrial plants and other spheres of life.


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If you are interested in knowing more about the course structure, do take a look at some of the important subjects present in M.E./M.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering-


M.E./M.Tech. Instrumentation and Control Engineering: Important subjects present

  • Advanced Microcontrollers
  • Control System Design using MATLAB
  • Control Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Industrial Data Communication
  • Logic Controller
  • Software Engineering
  • Advanced VLSI Design
  • Soft Computing
  • Commercial Controllers
  • Advanced Control Theory


Please note that I’ve listed few important subjects only, so that readers may get an idea about what the course is really like. Many elective subjects are also present in the program. Practical lab sessions also form an integral part of this program. In the final year, thesis and project work will take up an important place.


Eligibility Criteria

This is a PG course (can be done after getting Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering). Interested candidates must possess B.E./B.Tech. Degree in Engineering branches such as- Electrical/Electrical and Electronics/Electronics and Communications/Mechanical/Mechatronics/Instrumentation and Control Engineering from a recognized University. In case of certain Institutes, minimum marks criteria may also exist.


Scope, Job opportunities and Salary

These days, automation and control systems have found their way into most of manufacturing plants and industries, Electronics and Telecommunications sector etc. So, qualified IC professionals are required by such industries that deal in production. Apart from them, some other prominent sectors offering employment are- Artificial Intelligence sector and Robotics sector. Starting salary is generally around 30-45k Rupees per month. Salary specs may differ, depending upon factors like- profile of employer, quality of college from which course has been pursued, grades attained etc.


Salary Specs Overview (Click to view)
1- Government Job- fixed salary, depending upon Officer Grade and Class. 2- Private Job- around 30-45k Rupees per month. 3- Entrepreneurship/Consultant/Self Employed- not fixed.


IC Engineering Branch offers many self employment opportunities. M.E./M.Tech. program also offers many such opportunities. After completing this course, one may take up self employment oriented paths like- Independent Consultation, Software Development, Entrepreneurship etc.


Graduates may find the following job posts in the above mentioned sectors-

  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • System Design Engineer
  • Control System Programmer
  • Research Engineer
  • Lecturer


Graduates may also work as consultants or as independent control system and software developer. They are excellent ways in which one can remain self employed! Apart from that, graduates may also work as Lecturers or even start a career in the Research and Development sector (by taking up PhD program).

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