HNC/HND to CEng for instrument and control specialists

Dear Editor

I was pleasantly surprised by the strong interest expressed in our training programmes for control and instrumentation specialists in industry, organised by the University of Greenwich.

A large number of Control and Instrumentation’s readers, from Aberdeen to Penzance to Broadstairs, responded to my letter on page 13 of your January issue, which followed on from your news item in December.

It clearly justified the feelings of the ISA England Section that there was a lack of appropriate training programmes in the UK which fully addressed the needs of practitioners in the control and instrumentation vocation.

Let me clarify two of the main points raised by many of the enquiries I received.

Firstly, the route from HNC/HND to Chartered Engineer (CEng) requires a participant to accumulate 70 credits for a post graduate diploma (PgDip), or 120 credits for a Master of Science (MSc).

This means that to qualify for an award, a participant must study seven to 12 modules. Each module is worth 10 credits which are designed to be academically challenging to the Masters level.

This ensures that the awards satisfy the academic requirements for membership of accrediting professional institutions, such as the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC), the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and theInstitution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

CEng status is obtained when a participant is admitted to corporate membership of a professional institution following the appropriate professional review viva. It is envisaged that the process will take two and a half to three years to complete.

Secondly, teaching on the training programme requires each participant to attend only three days of short course delivery at the University, at the end of which the participants will be issued with a learning contract comprising a number of assignments as negotiated with the programme co-ordinator.

The assignment should focus on the application of module concepts to the participant’s work environment.

A module may be assessed through written examination or viva following the submission of the assignment record by the participant.

The study period for a module is thus equivalent to one academic term, which means that three modules may be studied in one year.

I hope that I have provided some clarification. If you have not received information that describes the programme in detail, please contact Holly Richards at the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich on: 01634 883495, or fax: 883153.

{{Joe Amadi-Echendu,ISA England and Univ. Greenwich,Chatham Maritime,Kent ME4 4AW.}}