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Instrument Technician

What does a Instrument Technician do?

Instrument Technicians install, maintain and repair the measuring and control instruments used in industrial and commercial processing.

- They use pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices to inspect and test instrument and system operation, and diagnose problems.
- They repair and adjust system components or remove and replace defective parts.
- They work with engineers on basic design
- They install and maintain instruments on new or existing plant equipment.

What kind of person makes a good Instrument Technician?

Instrument Technician might be the job for you if you:

- Are detail oriented
- Have good communication and reading skills
- Are patient
- Have the ability and desire to keep up to date with technology
- Are good at math, science and mechanics

How do I become a Instrument Technician?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 4 years, which includes 1500 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school in the first two years, and 1425 hours of xperience and 10 weeks of technical training in the third and fourth year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Instrumentation Mechanic.
Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Instrument Technician work?

Instrument Technicians are needed anywhere there are control and metering systems. They are usually employed in the following industries: pulp and paper processing, hydro-power generation, mining, petrochemical and natural gas, industrial construction and industrial and commercial manufacturing.

How much does a Instrument Technician make?

On average, Instrument Technicians in Alberta make $29.47 an hour. Thatís about $64,000 a year.

Apprentice Instrument Technicians earn 55% of the journeyman wage in their first year, 65% in their second year, 75% in the third and 85% in their fourth year.

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