About This Career
Instrumentation Engineering Technologists operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They may work with engineers and others to design, specify, size and select measurement and control systems. Instrumentation Engineering Technologists may also program and configure microprocessor-based measurement and control systems or oversee diagnostic programs and the installation of instrumentation systems.
Instrumentation Engineering Technologists coordinate with other trades or vendors involved with construction or ongoing maintenance activities. They work with pneumatic devices, control valves, electronic instruments, digital logic devices, computer-based process controls and control system design.
Education: A post-secondary diploma in instrumentation engineering technology or computer engineering technology is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Electrical Engineering Technologist, Electronics Engineering Technologist, Instrument Technologist
- Technician to Technologist
- Maintenance or Process Controls
- Maintenance Planner
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Office or Field Based
- Transportation equipment manufacturing
- Machinery manufacturing
- Specialty trades contractors
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Chemical manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Technicians and Technologists
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
- Membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists and work experience is required to use the title Professional Technologist. Additional compliance criteria apply depending on the province or territory. In some cases, provincial legislation recognizes Professional Technologists as licensees under the local professional engineering organization, capable of practicing professional engineering within a limited scope
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Aerial lift training
- Respirator fit testing
- Traffic control
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard and emergency first aid