How to become a 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 in Instrumentation and Control. 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 Instrumentation Tradesperson

Instrumentation tradespeople may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

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.
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