What's an Instrument Technician?

istock_000004968126small_jpg.jpgOn a daily basis technicians will do the following with instrumentation:
  • Troubleshoot
  • Repair
  • Calibrate
  • Install
This instrumentation can be anything from a thermostat on the wall to a major computer system.

What is Control?

Control is manipulation of the measured variables such as temperature, flow, pressure, etc.

Control is accomplished through electronic systems.  These electronic systems include microprocessors, sensors and final control elements that allow a process to be completely automated.

Where do Instrument Technicians Work?

  • Power plants (coal electrical generation facilities, cogeneration facilities, etc.)
  • Process plants (oil refineries, ethanol refineries, chemical processing facilities, etc.)
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Food processing
  • Manufacturing facilities

Job Titles

  • Instrument Technician
  • E&I Technician
  • I&E Technician
  • I&C Technician
  • Electronic Technician
  • Environmental Compliance Technician
  • Meter Technician
  • Results Technician

Prospective students should be prepared to meet the physical requirements of the work in this field. Fear of heights or color blindness may limit the student's employment opportunities in this field. The duties of an instrument technician may involve working rotating shifts but this is not typical. Most plants require entry level applicants to pass a physical and drug testing.