An Instrumentation and Control Technician (447A) repairs, maintains, calibrates, adjusts and installs industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. This instrumentation makes sure that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly. They may regulate the water flow in equipment or check the air quality in a mine. The operation and safety of the plant relies on these instruments so the Instrumentation and Control Technician is very important as they constantly monitor and calibrate these instruments.
Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values
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Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
An Instrumentation and Control Technician is an unrestricted certified trade in the industrial sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended. This is considered a Red Seal trade, which means that it may be possible to be certified to work in any province of Canada.
You should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 8,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. General skills can sometimes be transferable to other trades as well. To succeed in this trade, you should possess mechanical skills and have the ability to problem-solve.
What’s Your Future as an Instrumentation and Control Technician?
Instrumentation and Control Technicians work mainly indoors, on the plant floor and often in cramped conditions. They may be required to stand for prolonged periods of time and be exposed to high noise, fumes and heat levels. Because this is such an important job, they must pay close attention to safety and may be called out in emergencies. Constant learning may be required to keep up with new technology.
Primarily work in this trade is full time and often in shifts. Employers who hire Instrumentation and Control Technicians include:
Fully qualified Industrial Instrumentation and Control Technicians earn an average of $15-$32/hr, not including overtime and benefits.
Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Instrumentation and Control Technician For You?
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as an Instrumentation and Control Technician may be for You!
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For more information, check out the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists, at www.oacett.org