How to become a Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters assemble and install precise instruments that measure, indicate, transmit, record and control.

Personal requirements of a Instrument Fitter

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Able to do precise and detailed work
  • Aptitude for technical activities

Education & Training for a Instrument Fitter

To become an instrument fitter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Instrumentation and Control or Electrical Fitting. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters may perform the following tasks:

  • fit and assemble instrument parts such as circuit boards, power supplies and control units, springs, bearings, lenses and glass faces
  • check instruments for accuracy and calibrate (to manufacturers' specifications), using standard weights and measures; pneumatic, electrical and electronic test equipment; and small hand tools
  • install industrial instruments and equipment such as control panels, sensors, transmitters and controllers, meters and fixed cameras (if an appropriate licence is held)
  • dismantle and re-assemble delicate mechanisms or electronic circuits
  • overhaul instrument systems and repair or replace faulty parts using power tools and small hand tools
  • check performance using testing and measuring instruments and make necessary adjustments
  • set up computers and control equipment
  • connect computers to control systems and check the operation of these systems.

Employment Opportunities for a Instrument Fitter

Instrument fitters usually work for power stations, mining and smelting plants, the petrochemical and minerals industries, instrument manufacturers, hospitals and other government bodies. They may also be employed by firms dealing with photographic instruments, surveying instruments, weighing or analysis devices, and by scientific laboratories. There is an increasing use of instruments in industry to provide efficient control of various processes. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a supervisor or technician. Job opportunities depend on the level of activity in the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical, manufacturing, and water and power supply industries.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,204

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 25.5%

NT 1.2%

QLD 19.1%

SA 4.7%

TAS 3%

VIC 21%

WA 22.9%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 92.5%

Proportion of female workers 7.5%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 14.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 64.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 20.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 22.4%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 72.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Gaining dual-trade status through the study of mechanical instrument fitting electives, either during your apprenticeship or through post-trade studies, is encouraged in this occupation.
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