Free Online instrumentation Courses

Knowledge in process industry can acquire from the subject Instrumentation. Instrumentation covers almost all section in the process such as sensing, controlling, recording and indication physical variables and automation etc.

An instrumentation engineer should know from sensing elements to the controlling panels, that doesn’t mean they are unreachable or difficult. One can study himself if he is interested, and there are many websites that help you with studying instrumentation. Here are some recommendations for online courses:

Virtual Lab:


Virtual Labs is an initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The virtual lab provides remote-access to Labs in various disciplines of Science and Engineering. These Virtual Labs would cater to students at the undergraduate level, postgraduate level as well as to research scholars

List of course provider institutes is listed on the website with the link. You can visit the course from the official website of each institute. Instrumentation courses are provided by IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, NIT Karnataka, COE Pune provides various instrumentation courses.

Otherwise, courses can be selected by subject wise, which are listed at the middle of the website.

Select instrumentation Topic:

Instrumentation courses come under Electrical engineering section. At home screen > select Electrical engineering. The section has experiments on different electrical and instrumentation topic, their simulation, Video tutorial etc. Topic includes:

Each topic consists of Aim, PreTest, Theory, Simulator, Procedure, Audio/Video, Post test, Review questions, Reference, Photo gallery, FeedBack. These experiments has simulations to give you better practice. And virtual lab mentions reference texts.

Video tutorial from sensor lab for RTD from Virtual lab:

Example simulator sensor lab is showns here:

Virtual lab also conducts tests to check your knowledge yourself:



Swayam is an initiative by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Which is one of world’s largest MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Professors from IITs conducts the video lecture and provide specially prepared notes in pdf. There are certification courses as well.

SWAYAM platform is indigenously developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with the help of Microsoft and would be ultimately capable of hosting 2000 courses and 80000 hours of learning: covering school, under-graduate, post-graduate, engineering, law and other professional courses.

Registration details:

  • There are four ways to easily register in Swayam, using your Facebook account, Google account, Microsoft account and using your Mail ID.

  • While enrolling the site asks your learning objective and there are two options 1. For learning, 2. For certification

  • If you choose for learning, you get access to all courses including previously done.

  • But if are choosing - for certification purpose courses will be available in scheduled time.

  • SWAYAM gives all kinds of courses not only in instrumentation.

  • Courses are available in Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate level, it should be specified in the registration process.

Selecting course:

Once you are done with the registration, you can search for different courses in the search tab using keywords like Industrial automation, instrumentation etc.

  • Example course . For Industrial Automation and Control {Click here}:

  • For basic of Control Engineering {Click here}

  • Course on “Basics in control design Proportional, Integral and Derivative Actions” (Example):

Lectures are available in weekly manner. Each lecture consists of video tutorials and if needed pdfs are provided with the course.

Course syllabus and Textbook suggestions are noted at the preface of the course.

Detail of upcoming course on control engineering:

KROHNE academy:

Sign in to Krohne academy to enhance your knowledge in industrial process measurement. This free online site is particularly focussed on measurement such as temperature, flow, pressure, level and also safety, explosion protection etc.

  • The website provides well presented animated video in the slideshow with perfect voice over.

  • The topic covers in different sections of the measurement system (temperature, pressure, flow and level) and safety system.

  • The courses are short and easy to access.

Video tutorial on Sludge Level Metering – Reliable sludge blanket measurement via an optical sensor:


NPTEL is another government of India venture. The courses are available for free in video and PDF format. Courses are provided by different institutes in India and institute filter are available you can choose course institute wise. And the keyword search is available.

All institutes from virtual labs (1st site mentioned) are available in NPTEL also. You can search for automation, instrumentation control or any non instrumentation, non engineering courses.

Video downloads are available at: click here

Example video tutorial for Industrial instrumentation:

List of courses provided in NPTEL:

Class central:

Class central allows you to navigate through different courses on the internet, both free and paid. Class Central is a hub that links you with many other sites on the topic you are searched with. And you can choose the course provider, Universities.

Class central for instrumentation:

Class central connects with different courses provided by websites.

For White paper visit:

Automation.Com: is perfectly useful for professionals powered by ISA (international society for Automation), which provides numerous white papers, product reviews, journals, books and News. Instrumentation engineers those who wanted to be updated in industrial automation field can check in this site. This site didn’t provide any certified courses, but very helpful.

Control is website which helps in finding latest automation news, white papers in different technology in instrumentation and automation. Control also allow you to check your knowledge by providing many quizs

Also visit for Free Ebooks: