Instrument fitters assemble and install precise instruments that measure, indicate, transmit, record and control.
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.
Instrument fitters may perform the following tasks:
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.