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Working As An Instrument And Controls Technician

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

  • $87,369

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument And Controls 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 An Instrument And Controls 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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Instrument And Controls Technician Career Paths

Instrument And Controls Technician
Control Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Office Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation & Control Engineer Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Control Supervisor Controls Manager Controller
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation & Control Engineer Control Systems Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Start-Up Engineer Project Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Plant Manager General Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Instrument And Controls Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.3%

Female

5.4%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

German

7.7%

Urdu

7.7%

Sami

7.7%

Navajo

7.7%
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Instrument And Controls Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.3%

Perry Technical Institute

8.9%

Community College of the Air Force

8.1%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

8.1%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

5.6%

A-Technical College

5.6%

Lamar University

4.8%

Idaho State University

4.8%

San Juan College

4.0%

Excelsior College

4.0%

Lee College

4.0%

Bismarck State College

4.0%

ITI Technical College

4.0%

Grantham University

3.2%

Thomas Edison State University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

San Jacinto College District

3.2%

Bellingham Technical College

3.2%

Victoria College

3.2%

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

26.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

17.2%

Music

12.3%

Business

9.7%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

7.1%

Computer Science

5.1%

Engineering Technology

3.0%

General Studies

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.2%

Aviation

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

31.2%

Other

29.4%

Bachelors

23.7%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

5.5%

Diploma

2.8%
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Real Instrument And Controls Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Prin Tech Professional-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 08, 2009 $124,548
Instrumentation and Control Technician BNY Power Operations New York, NY Jun 22, 2016 $100,990
Instruments and Control Technician BNY Power Operations, LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $93,080
Instruments and Control Technician BNY Power Operations, LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $91,828
Instruments and Control Technician BNY Power Operations, LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2011 $87,737
Tech. Professional-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 23, 2016 $86,986
Associate Tech Prof-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $78,000
Instrument and Controls Technician SJA, Inc. Dadeville, AL Aug 19, 2015 $70,000
Associate Tech. Prof.-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Newark, DE Nov 01, 2014 $65,500
Associate Tech. Prof.-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Newark, DE Nov 04, 2014 $65,500

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Top Skills for An Instrument And Controls Technician

ControlSystemsControlValvesSteamTurbinePressureTransmittersSafetyTemperatureTransmittersShootLoopsFacilityProcessControlStart-UpPOutagePreventativeMaintenanceTestEquipmentHoneywellPlcsScadaPlantInstrumentationCemsHMI

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Top Instrument And Controls Technician Skills

  1. Control Systems
  2. Control Valves
  3. Steam Turbine
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair all facets of coal unloading and conveying equipment and control systems.
  • Performed Bench set for control valves.
  • Steam turbine control and instrumentation.
  • Maintained equipment such as temperature, flow and pressure transmitters.
  • Research and obtain all required safety permits to remove equipment from service and perform maintenance activities on a daily basis.

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