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If you are interested in working as an Industrial Instrument Technician or Mechanic in Canada, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook for your occupation in Canada is extremely positive.

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Important statistics for this occupation:

  • This field of work has grown significantly thanks to increased growth and investment in the manufacturing sector across Canada.
  • Workers in this field may transition to successful careers as technical sales specialists or manufacturing manager positions.
  • Approximately 10% of workers in this field are immigrants.
  • Technicians and mechanics can work in a variety of fields. 46% work in the manufacturing sector, while 10% work in wholesale trade and 9% in professional, scientific and technical services.
  • In Ontario, workers in this field make $86,000 on average.

Duties for Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics

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.

Description of Main Duties

Individuals in this group 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.

Example job titles for Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics:

  • Apprentice industrial instrument mechanic
  • Industrial instrument mechanic
  • Instrument technician, industrial
  • Instrumentation technician, industrial
  • Process control equipment mechanic

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