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Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics

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NOC:2243
Occupation:Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing establishments.

Job duties:
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Consult manufacturer's manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine tests and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables in manufacturing and processing.
  • Inspect and test operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments.
  • Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, or remove and replace defective parts.
  • Calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications.
  • Perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports.
  • Install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes.
  • Consult with and advise process operators.
Sample job titles:
  • apprentice industrial instrument mechanic
  • apprentice instrument mechanic
  • heavy water plant control technician
  • industrial instrument mechanic
  • industrial instrument technician
  • industrial process control equipment repairer
  • instrument maintenance mechanic
  • instrumentation and control technician
  • process control equipment mechanic
  • process control equipment repairer
Skills:

For these jobs, you should be interested in technology and discovering how things work. Good mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and patience are necessary. You must be able to work under pressure and be able to collaborate and cooperate with others as part of a team. Effective oral and written communication skills are also important.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- or five-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair or completion of a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology and several years of work experience are usually required for trade certification.
  • Instrumentation and control technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified instrumentation and control technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 35% of Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $90,304. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics175xxx
Minimum: $28.00
Median: $39.49
Maximum: $66.00
Minimum: $38,448
Median: $89,856
Maximum: $173,425
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Industrial Instrument Technicians and MechanicsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time95%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentIndustrial Instrument Technicians and MechanicsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern13%x12%$30,581
Northern19%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton40%x13%$32,974
Halifax19%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley10%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeIndustrial Instrument Technicians and MechanicsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2411%x
25-3433%14%
35-4420%33%
45-5418%32%
55-6415%18%
65+x4%
Median Age4443
GenderIndustrial Instrument Technicians and MechanicsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female0%20%
Male100%80%
EducationIndustrial Instrument Technicians and MechanicsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/A$26,4930.7%$28,107
High school4.7%$45,83512.1%$35,125
Trades certificate23.3%$51,7316.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma67.4%$49,56633.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree4.7%$38,85229.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate4.7%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary):This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, however, a certificate is not needed to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
apprenticeship@novascotia.ca
Useful contacts:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Electromechanical and instrumentation and maintenance technologies/technicians - Other
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Industrial electronics technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical/electronic equipment used in industry and manufacturing. These programs include courses in installing, maintaining and testing various types of equipment.
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Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Program Name:Instrumentation technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. These programs include courses in instrumentation design and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
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