Sensors for Non-Electrical Engineers

Online /
Oct 12 - 13, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-0908-ONL22

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course of this course, you will be able to understand:

  • The basics of electric circuit analysis
  • The overall instrumentation system from the sensor to the data acquisition
  • Sources of measurement error
  • The operation and design of different sensors
  • The requirement of conditioning circuit
  • The selection of proper data acquisition cards and systems


Monitoring the health condition of different structures, the moisture content of the soil, the temperature of a reactor, the water level in a container are just few examples where sensors are of extreme importance to different engineers. This course introduces the basic knowledge of sensors and instrumentation systems for non-electrical engineers. Different sensors like strain gauges, thermocouples, proximity sensors and load cells will be discussed. Also, the design of different conditioning circuits and data acquisition (DAQ) system will be reviewed. The course will include practical demonstration of different measurement systems.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Circuit Analysis
  • Sensors
  • Conditioning Circuit
  • Data acquisition system
  • Practical demonstration of complete measurement systems

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for non-electrical engineers who will use sensors and measurement systems for different engineering applications.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I


  • Components of instrumentation systems
    • Sensors
    • Conditioning circuit
    • Data acquisition system
  • Measurement errors
    • Bias (offset) error
    • Random error

Introduction to Circuit Analysis

  • Voltage and current
  • Resistive circuit
  • Circuit analysis techniques:
    • KCL and KVL
    • Nodal analysis
  • Wheatstone Bridge
  • Introduction to capacitors and inductors


  • Strain Gauges and Load cells
  • Temperature sensors
    • Thermocouples
    • Thermistors
    • Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTDs)
    • Infrared (IR) camera
  • Displacement sensors:
    • Resistive and capacitive sensor
    • Linear variable differential transformer (LVDT)
  • Proximity sensors
  • Soil moisture sensors

Day II

Conditioning Circuit

  • Amplifier circuit:
    • Operational amplifier
    • Differential amplifier
    • Instrumentational amplifier
  • Filters:
    • Sources of noise
    • Passive low pass filter

Data Acquisition System

  • Analog and digital signals
  • Selecting DAQ cards are:
    • Number of input channels
    • Single-ended or differential input signals
    • Sampling rate
    • Resolution
    • Input range
    • Analog output
    • Digital input and outputs

Practical Demonstration of Complete Measurement Systems

  • Temperature and humidity measurement.
  • Water level
  • Proximity sensor


Ayman El-Hag, PhD, P. Eng., SMIEEE

Ayman El-Hag, PhD, SM IEEE, P. Eng., received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in 2003. He joined the Saudi Transformer Co. as a Quality Control and testing Engineer from 1993 to 1999. His main duties included the implementation of ISO 9001 provisions and the testing of distribution transformers as per IEC 60076. Currently, Dr. El-Hag is an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of Waterloo. Dr. El-Hag main area of interest is condition monitoring and diagnostics of electrical insulation.

Dr. El-Hag received several funds from NSERC and Qatar foundation that are mainly related to inspection of outdoor ceramic insulators, transformers and design of non-ceramic insulators. The total value of the funds is more than two million Canadian dollars. He published many referred journal and conference papers in the area of monitoring of outdoor insulators and transformers. Dr. El-Hag is a registered engineer in the province of Ontario, a senior member of IEEE, a guest editor for energies special issue “High Voltage Engineering and Application”, was an associate editor for the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Transaction (2018-2019) and the middle east editor for the IEEE Insulation magazine (2016-2018). Also, Dr. El-Hag is a member of the IEEE outdoor insulation committee and the IEEE Std 1523 (IEEE Guide for the Application, Maintenance, and Evaluation of Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV) Silicone Rubber Coatings for Outdoor Insulation Applications).

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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