Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
Consult manufacturer's manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine tests and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables in manufacturing and processing
Inspect and test operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments
Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, or remove and replace defective parts
Calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications
Perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports
Install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes
Consult with and advise process operators.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a four or five-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair
Completion of a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology and several years of work experience are usually required for trade certification.
Industrial instrument mechanic trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified industrial instrument mechanics.
In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.
Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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