How to become an Instrumentation Tradesperson

Instrumentation tradespersons install, modify, maintain and repair instrumentation used in measurement and control systems. These instruments measure and control temperature, pressure and flow in processes used in industries such as petro-chemical, mining, food and manufacturing.

Personal requirements of a Instrumentation Tradesperson

  • Enjoy technical and engineering work
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Able to perform intricate work
  • Aptitude for mechanics and electronics
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision

Education & Training for a Instrumentation Tradesperson

To become an instrumentation tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

Gaining dual-trade status by undertaking both an instrumentation and electrical apprenticeship is encouraged in this occupation. Post-trade training is also available in new electronic technologies and advanced skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Instrumentation Tradesperson

Instrumentation tradespeople:

  • install electronic instruments and control systems
  • examine and test faulty electronic instruments and control systems to identify faults
  • undertake calibration and ensure there is correct operation of instrumentation equipment
  • repair and maintain electronic instruments and control systems.

Employment Opportunities for a Instrumentation Tradesperson

Instrumentation tradespeople may work in the minerals and pulp and paper industries, power stations, oil refineries, chemical processing plants and hospitals. Industry is increasingly using instruments in the monitoring and control of various processes. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a supervisor or technician.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 2.2%

NSW 32.2%

NT 1.7%

QLD 21%

SA 6%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 24.4%

WA 11.1%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 94%

Female 6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 16.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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