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Working As A Calibration And Instrumentation Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Calibration And Instrumentation Technician Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become A Calibration And Instrumentation Technician

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Calibration And Instrumentation Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.1%

Unknown

11.3%

Female

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Calibration And Instrumentation Technician Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

14.3%

Community College of the Air Force

10.7%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

10.7%

Columbus State Community College

7.1%

Purdue University

3.6%

Gwinnett Technical College

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute-Webster

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

3.6%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.6%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.6%

State University of New York Broome Community College

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

Central Virginia Community College

3.6%

Cuyamaca College

3.6%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.6%

Collin County Community College District

3.6%

Boise State University

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

35.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

10.0%

Music

8.9%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

6.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.4%

Computer Science

4.4%

Business

4.4%

Aviation

3.3%

Chemistry

3.3%

Engineering Technology

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.1%

Educational Technology

1.1%

Writing

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

33.3%

Bachelors

26.5%

Associate

24.8%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

6.0%

Masters

3.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$37,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$157,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
AstraZeneca
Highest Paying City
Boulder, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Calibration And Instrumentation Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Calibration And Instrumentation Technician in the United States is $76,539 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $157,000.

Real Calibration And Instrumentation Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Calibration & Instrumentation Technician Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 05, 2010 $79,615 -
$95,000
Calibration & Instrumentation Tech. Industrial Calibration and Service Co., Inc. Hudson, NH Oct 27, 2009 $62,400
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 11, 2008 $57,429
Calibration and Instrumentation Technician Wireless CAFE New York, NY May 14, 2008 $55,577
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians U-Tech Media USA, LLC. Milpitas, CA Jan 28, 2009 $48,627
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians Cosmos Elevators Inc. NY Sep 01, 2013 $47,278
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians Foxconn Assembly LLC Houston, TX Jul 24, 2008 $47,050
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians Blakell North America DBA Europlacer Apex, NC May 19, 2010 $46,114 -
$60,768
Calibration and Instrumentation Technician Futek Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. Irvine, CA Dec 01, 2010 $45,914
Calibration and Instrumentation Technician Pct International Inc. Mesa, AZ Oct 20, 2011 $45,000
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians Cosmos Elevators Inc. NY Oct 01, 2012 $43,763
Calibration & Instrumentation Technician Eminent Services Corporation Frederick, MD Mar 26, 2010 $42,000
RF Calibration and Instrumental Technicians Mobilecomm Professionals, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 27, 2010 $41,475

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Top Skills for A Calibration And Instrumentation Technician

  1. Temperature Transmitters
  2. Control Valves
  3. Test Equipment
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  • Process Instrumentation,( pressure, flow, level, temperature transmitters).
  • Performed component level repair, calibration, and modification of test equipment to include laboratory standards.
  • Provided training to shop personnel on procedures or work instructions related to calibrated instrumentation.
  • Performed preventative maintenance, repair and calibration services on HPLC systems according to GXP requirements.
  • Provide Calibration, Installation, Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Industrial and Electronic Instrumentation.

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Top 10 Best States for Calibration And Instrumentation Technicians

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  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Nevada
  5. West Virginia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Colorado
  8. Vermont
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