22312 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics



22312 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 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. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Apprentice industrial instrument mechanic
Apprentice instrument mechanic
Heavy water plant control technician
Industrial instrument mechanic
Industrial instrument panel repairer
Industrial instrument service technician
Industrial instrument technician
Industrial instrumentation and control technician
Industrial instrumentation and electrical technician
Industrial instrumentation technician
Industrial process control equipment repairer
Instrument maintenance mechanic
Instrument mechanic - utilities
Measurement technician - oil and gas installation
Nuclear generating station and heavy water plant control technician
Nucleonic controller repairer
Precision instrument mechanic
Process control equipment mechanic
Process control equipment repairer
Process control equipment service technician


Main duties
This group performs 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.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a four- or five-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair or completion of a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology and several years of work experience are usually required for trade certification.
Instrumentation and control technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories, except in Quebec.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified instrumentation and control technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.


Additional information
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.


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