Instrumentation Technician

By: Taylz N' Lindz


We chose this topic because we would like to research and learn about this activity. We do not know anything about it, but it would be interesting to learn about the instrumentation technician.

General Description

Instrumentation technician installs, tests, repairs, inspects and maintains metering and recording instruments, controlling devices, data logging and display equipment, communications and telemetry systems. It is the performing of required work related. Intrumentation Techician has the ability to install, troubleshoot, maintain, document and repair different types of industrial instrumentation. Some even repair musical instruments and it takes special skills to repair strings, buttons and cords. The Instrumentation Technician has multiple tasks and skills such as higher level of knowledge, abilities which consist of trouble shoot telemetry, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). Also it includes software system and programmable logic control (PLC). After you worked as a Instrumentation technician 1 for 3 years or by substitution that has the same amount of experience as a Instrumentation technician, you are eligible to advance to level 2. Before advancing to the level 2 instrumentation technician, you must also "meet requirements" for evaluation. Incumbents from both levels must always be prepared to be called in on duty or emergency call outs. Instrumentation technician usually start out as an assistant then to a professional technician. They must have a strong skill in written communication and oral. They need to be able to communicate well with customers and be able to help and ask questions about what needs to be done. Instrumentation technician should have knowledge of various electrical technicalities because most workers don't work with on electrical tools until they have further education training.

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Typical Tasks & Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Level 1: You need to know how to use hand and power tools safely, test equirements for electronic and electric related to field and shop work. You need to have the skills for inspecting, repairing, testing, and installing industrial instrumentation. Also need the ability to work and communicate effectively, set up reports, and complete records.

Level 2: You need to know the theory of programmable logic controllers, man machine software and hardware. Making alter changes and diagnosing to PLC and SCADA software and hardware is a must need for Level 2. Also, to be able to coach/train less- experienced technicians and other workers. To have the ability to be a resource to other workers on the technician job.

Certificates for Level 1 & 2

Salary & Education

The average salary of an instrumentation technician is $57,000 per year. The salary in this field varies by the most experience you have in this job. Instrumentation technician can be employed in a variety of places such as hospitals or repair shops. The employers who work full time can have health insurance benefits.They need to have a state license and certification to qualify for this job. The workers must have an "extreme eye for detail" and have organized, neat work. Technicians also need to have good vision and be able to repair, adjust, restore a variety of instruments.

Working Conditions

Instrumentation technician spend most of their working time in a repair shop that has a variety of machines to work with. They spend a lot of time working with their hands and with machines. The typically work for a set number of hours each week and usually are not needed to work overnight or during holidays. They may need to work over time on weekends depending on if they have their work finished on time or not.


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