How to become an Instrumentation Tradesperson

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 for an 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 an 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 an 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.

Tasks

  • Applies knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems..
  • Installs electronic instruments and control systems..
  • Adjusts, repairs, replaces worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintains machines, equipment and instruments, advises users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunction..
  • Examines and tests machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults..

Employment Opportunities for an 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.


Specializations

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.

  • Average age
    Average age
    33 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Decline
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    6% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    48 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $1,348
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Medium skill
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Average unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    94% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    1,400 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 1.2%
    NSW: 31.9%
    NT: 5.0%
    QLD: 13.7%
    SA: 4.8%
    TAS: 1.0%
    VIC: 18.7%
    WA: 23.7%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 1.6%
    20-24: 15.7%
    25-34: 36.7%
    35-44: 20.9%
    45-54: 15.9%
    55-59: 4.9%
    60-64: 2.8%
    65 and Over: 1.6%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 18.8%
    Bachelor degree: 5.4%
    Certificate III/IV: 64.3%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.4%
    Year 10 and below: 1.1%
    Year 11: 0.4%
    Year 12: 8.6%
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