The automation and telemechanics department was founded on September 6, 1951 according to the order of the director of NPI No. 307, and 1954 saw the first specialists’ graduation. Many new majors appeared in the course of training students on the basis of other ones. So it happened to the related majors "Automation and Remote Control" and "Information and measuring equipment." In the first post-war years there were five faculties at the NPI: mining, power engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical and civil engineering. Training in electrical engineering was conducted at the power engineering faculty. But the recovering after the war industry needed a lot of specialists in automatic devices and measuring instruments. Therefore, the order of the director of NPI No. 236 of 09/14/1949 announced the recruitment of 28 students for the major of “Electromechanical Instruments” at the power engineering faculty. A new major was based on the chair of Theoretical Foundations of Electrical Engineering, which consequently received a new name of "Electromechanical devices and Theoretical Foundations of Electrical Engineering". The new major was in great demand, therefore students were paid an increased scholarship.
In the course of time the chair and the major underwent some changes. So, in September 1951, the major "Electromechanical devices" was transformed into the major "Automatic and measuring devices" with specialties "Devices for automation and telemechanics" and "Electrical measuring devices". By the order of the director No. 307 of 6.09.1951, the chair was renamed into the chair of automatic and measuring devices and Theoretical Foundations of Electrical Engineering. It gave birth to two modern chairs: “Automatics and telemechanics” and “Information and measurement systems and technologies”, which developed side by side, sometimes together, sometimes apart.
The chair today
Due to the wide specialization and successful combination of knowledge both in the field of hardware and software, graduates of the chair have no problems with employment. They work at factories, research institutes and design bureaus, companies assembling and selling computers, service centers as supply managers of complex devices and equipment, system administrators and programmers in various institutions in Russia and abroad.