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Control Engineering

Discover the what, when and why of control engineering. Learn to design and analyse control solutions.

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Commitment

    7-9 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion. InstMC Approved Training.

    • Start

      30 January 2023

    • Finish

      27 March 2023

    • Enrol by

      23 January 2023

Discover more about this course from the expert(s) behind it

Course overview

Participants will learn to identify opportunities for feedback and control in their professional context and develop the skills needed to effectively use Matlab and Simulink to analyse and design control systems. They will look at performance specifications and theoretical limits on what can be achieved, as well as discuss sensors and actuators.

Although much of the course will centre on the basic workhorse control algorithm known as Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control, participants will also go beyond PID control to explore 'loop shaping' and multivariable control, as well as some standard algorithms, including state feedback, linear-quadratic optimal control, state observers and Kalman filters.

Relevant examples will be drawn from a range of applications to give context to conceptual information and participants will be encouraged to apply their learning to their own work through discussions and project work.

What will I learn?

On this course, participants will learn to:

  • recognise needs and opportunities for control in their engineering projects or products
  • assess which control method and technology is most appropriate to their project or product
  • design and analyse a control solution
  • select and use appropriate software tools, including simulation software, to test, validate and iterate their control solutions.

Study commitments

  • 7-9 hours per week

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at the following roles in industry:

  • professional engineers faced with a control engineering problem who need to enhance their knowledge of the field
  • managers who have control engineers working for them and who wish to better understand their job role
  • individuals wanting to broaden their skill set to enhance their career opportunities.

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion. InstMC Approved Training.

University of Cambridge course lead

  • Jan Maciejowski

    Jan Maciejowski (BSc Automatic Control, PhD Control Engineering), Professor Emeritus of Control Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow Emeritus of Pembroke College.

Course dates

  • 2023

    30 Jan - 27 Mar

    Places available

    Enrol by 23 Jan


Level of knowledge

  • educated to degree level in a field of engineering
  • an understanding of differential equations, complex numbers, and vector and matrix algebra.

Materials & equipment

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