Job Description

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing  establishments.

Sample Job Titles

  • Apprentice Industrial Instrument Mechanic
  • Apprentice Instrument Mechanic
  • Heavy Water Plant Control Technician
  • Industrial Instrument Mechanic
  • Industrial Instrument Service Technician
  • Industrial Instrument Technician
  • Industrial Instrumentation and Electrical Technician
  • Measurement Technician – Oil and Gas Installation
  • Nuclear Generating Station and Heavy Water Plant Control Technician
  • Process Control Equipment Service Technician

Job Duties

  • Consult manufacturer’s manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine tests and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables in manufacturing and processing
  • Inspect and test operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments
  • Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, or remove and replace defective parts
  • Calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturers’ specifications
  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports
  • Install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes
  • Consult with and advise process operators.

Typical Background


  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- or five-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair
    Completion of a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology and several years of work experience are usually required for trade certification.
  • 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.

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