- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- High school diploma
About This Career
You avoid surprises, and know that regular repairs and maintenance will save you from having to fix bigger problems down the line. As an Industrial Technician, you ensure that a company’s measuring and control instruments are working their best at all times. Do you like to plan ahead? Do you naturally follow procedures and rules? If this aligns with your interests, a career as an Industrial Technician might be a good fit.
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- 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
- Communicating with equipment operators to detect equipment problems and to ascertain whether mechanical or human errors contributed to any problems * Inspecting and testing the operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments * Repairing and adjusting system components, such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, or removing and replacing defective parts
- 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.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Confined Space entry
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Asbestos safety
- Aerial lift training
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- 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.
You are a critical thinker who likes to plan ahead. You are comfortable using computers and following processes.
- Computer use
- Critical thinking
- Computers and electronics
- Quality control analysis
- Attention to detail
- Operation monitoring
- Mining and quarrying
- Transportation and warehousing
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Also known as
- Industrial Instrument Mechanic
- Instrument Technician
- Process Control Equipment Mechanic
- Repair Technician
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