Industrial instrument technicians and technologists repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing establishments.
- Employs pneumatic, electrical, or electronic testing devices to inspect and test instruments and operating systems within a manufacturing facility;
- Ascertains the accuracy of flowmeters, pressure gauges, temperature indicators, controllers, and other recording devices;
- Performs scheduled preventative maintenance and completes test and maintenance reports;
- Implements loss management practices and provides assessments of risk and hazard analysis;
- Maintains and repairs system components and removes and replaces defective parts;
- Calibrates system components and instruments in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications;
- Records calibrations made, parts and components used, and the inventory of parts on hand;
- Installs instruments on new or existing plant equipment or systems including process control instrumentation such as transmitters, controllers, analyzers and control valves;
- Calibrates control instruments in a manufacturing facility;
- Assists engineers during plant design or modifications;
- Provides leadership in quality control and quality assurance programs within an industrial facility;
- Traces out and tests electronic solid state and vacuum tube circuitry and components to locate defective parts in analog and digital operations monitoring systems;
- Prepares schematic drawings and reports to record changes or alterations made to instruments, circuits or complete operational systems;
- Liaises with outside contractors on new installation and commissioning of process control systems.
Two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology or four-year apprenticeship.