Entry Senior

Industrial Technician

About This Career

Industrial Technicians repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install industrial measuring and control instrumentation. These technicians typically interact with process and equipment operators, suppliers and facilities personnel.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required, along with a four-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair or a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology with several years of experience.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services, oil sands and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Industrial Instrument Mechanic, Instrument Technician, Process Control Equipment Mechanic, Repair Technician

Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Communicating with equipment operators to detect equipment problems and to ascertain whether mechanical or human errors contributed to any problems.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Calibrating components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications.
Installing control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes according to appropriate installation standards and practices.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting and testing the operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments.
Computers and Electronics
Quality Control Analysis
Computer use
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
  • Construction or Maintenance Foreman to Contractor/ Owner
  • Instrument Technician to Instrument Supervisor to Maintenance Planner
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • Off-site fabrication
  • LNG export facility construction
  • LNG export facility operations
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Turnaround maintenance

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Specialty trade contractors
  • Machinery, equipment and supplies wholesaler-distributors
  • Specialty trade contractors
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Truck Transportation
  • Rail Transportation
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewables
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category



Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Instrumentation and control technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories, except in Quebec.
  • Red Seal endorsement is available to qualified instrumentation and control technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Construction safety training system (CSTS)
  • Pipeline construction safety training (PCST)
  • Asbestos safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Aerial lift training
  • Respirator fit training
  • Traffic Control
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Standard and emergency first aid