Sensors for Non-Electrical Engineers

Online /
Oct 8 - 9, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1010-ONL24

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  • 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):

10:00 am to 6:00 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 the conditioning circuit
  • The selection of proper data acquisition cards and systems
  • Introduction to smart sensors


Monitoring the health condition of different structures, the moisture content of the soil, the temperature of a reactor, and the water level in a container are just a 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. Moreover, the concept of smart sensors will be introduced. The course will include a 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: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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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

Introduction to smart sensors

  • Examples of smart sensors
  • Components of smart sensors:
    • Sensing unit
    • Communication unit
    • Energy supply
  • Issues with smart sensors

Practical Demonstration of Complete Measurement Systems

  • Temperature measurement
  • Load cells
  • Proximity sensor


Ayman El-Hag, PhD, P. Eng., SM IEEE

Dr. El-Hag received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in 2003.

He joined the Saudi Transformer Co. as a Quality Control Engineer from 1993 to 1999. His primary duties included the implementation of ISO 9001 provisions and testing distribution transformers as per IEC 60076. Since completing his Ph.D. studies, Dr. El Hag worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto from 2004-2006. Then, Dr. El-Hag moved to the American University of Sharjah, where he worked as assistant, associate and full professor from 2006 till 2018. Currently, Dr. El-Hag is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. El-Hag's main areas of interest are condition monitoring and diagnostics of power system assets and the application of machine learning in power engineering. He published many referred journal and conference papers in the area of outdoor insulator inspection and assessment and monitoring of transformers. Dr. El-Hag is a senior member of IEEE, an associate editor for the IEEE Transaction of Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Transaction and was the Middle East editor for the IEEE Insulation magazine from 2016-2018. Also, Dr. El-Hag is a member of the IEEE Outdoor Insulation Committee, the IEEE Std 1523 (IEEE Guide for the Application, Maintenance, and Evaluation of Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV) Silicone Rubber Coatings for Outdoor Insulation Applications) and the IEEE Std.2652-2021 "IEEE Guide for DC Inclined Plane Tracking and Erosion Test for Outdoor Insulation Applications."

Dr. El-Hag is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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