Instrumentation and Control Technician

WHAT YOU DO

Industrial Instrument Mechanics do not tune guitars, pianos or any other musical instrument, except maybe during their spare time. Instead, they are the people who understand what all those dials, gauges and other doodads are on any large piece of machinery. And it’s their job to make sure they keep everything running smoothly and safely

As an Industrial Instrument Mechanic, you repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install the dials, sensors and other instrumentation that measure and control machinery in industrial and commercial plants. The instrumentation that you take care of gives operators information about the condition of machinery, ensuring the safety and function of the plant or system. So in some circumstances those instruments functioning properly can be the difference between making or losing thousands of dollars. No pressure.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to consult manufacturer manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints
  • How to test and maintain instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables
  • How to calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturer specifications
  • How to perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports
  • How to install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As an Industrial Instrument Mechanic, you can work anywhere that uses large complicated machinery, including pulp and paper plants, power plants, mines, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, or even health services.

Types of Workplaces

  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical Production
  • Mining / Smelting Operations

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

An experienced Control Technician will help you develop an eye for detail and the skills you need to work with the controls of massive pulp and paper mills or production plants. You will maintain, repair and adjust the controls and instrumentation that manage flow of gasses or liquids, monitor temperatures or pressure, and drive large industrial processes.

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Critical Skills

  • Learn to use analytical instrumentation, measuring and indicating devices
  • Understanding of safety and process monitoring systems
  • Installation and Maintenance of Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
  • Installation and maintenance of electronic systems and final control elements
  • Communications, networking and signal transmission systems
  • Installation and maintenance of control systems

Earn

$66K - $95K annually
$18.00 - $41.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    some nights and weekend work

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

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Kirsten Libby, 20

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Penticton, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.