- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Oil sands
- Petrochemicals and Refining
- Post-secondary diploma
About This Career
In the intriguing world of electrical control and instrumentation systems, the Instrumentation Engineering Technologist designs, adapts, installs, maintains and repairs these intricate systems. In the oil and gas industry, electronic instruments communicate with well systems and equipment in refineries, upgraders and pipelines. Are you up for the challenge?
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Providing expertise in the evaluation, selection and installation of new instrumentation and analytical equipment
- Recommending and implementing modifications to improve measurement and control systems
- Performing or arranging for the required maintenance, calibration and repair of analytical equipment, instrumentation, controls and their associated systems
- Managing preventative maintenance and calibration programs
- Repairing or replacing defective or worn electrical, electronic or instrument parts
- Designing, developing and testing power equipment and systems, industrial process control systems, telecommunication, broadcast, recording and audiovisual systems, micro-electronic systems and circuits, computers, computer systems and networks and computer software
- A post-secondary diploma in instrumentation engineering technology or computer engineering technology is typically required.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Traffic Control
- Confined Space entry
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Asbestos safety
- Aerial lift training
- Respiratory fit testing
- Membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists and work experience is required to use the title Professional Technologist. Additional compliance criteria may 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.
- A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
You have strong computer skills as you need to be able to use many new software packages to do your job effectively. Having a strong aptitude for math, chemistry and physics, you can visualize 3D objects from 2D drawings.
- Computer use
- Operation and control
- Operation monitoring
- Critical thinking
- Operations analysis
- Equipment maintenance
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Transportation and warehousing
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Also known as
- Electrical Engineering Technologist
- Electronics Engineering Technologist
- Instrument Technologist