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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

  • $122,873

    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
Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Assistant Project Manager Controls Project Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Instrumentation Engineer Electrical Project Engineer
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Field Service Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation & Control Engineer Control Systems Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Control Supervisor Controls Manager Operations Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Technician Project Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Warehouse Manager Installer
Installation Manager
7 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Commissioning Technician IE Technician
Lead Instrument Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Control Specialist Office Manager Property Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Control Supervisor Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Instrument Technician Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Operations And Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Instrumentation & Control Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Start-Up Engineer Lead Engineer
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Commissioning Engineer IC Technician
Senior Instrument Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
IE Technician 3.5 years
IC Technician 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 6.4%
Top Employers After
Technician 5.6%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Instrument And Controls Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.2%

Female

5.3%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign 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

11.8%

Perry Technical Institute

9.4%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

7.9%

Community College of the Air Force

7.1%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

5.5%

A-Technical College

5.5%

Excelsior College

4.7%

Lamar University

4.7%

Idaho State University

4.7%

Lee College

4.7%

Bismarck State College

3.9%

ITI Technical College

3.9%

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

3.9%

San Juan College

3.1%

Grantham University

3.1%

Thomas Edison State University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

San Jacinto College District

3.1%

Bellingham Technical College

3.1%

Victoria College

3.1%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

25.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.2%

Music

12.9%

Business

8.5%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

8.3%

Computer Science

4.8%

Engineering Technology

2.8%

Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

1.8%

General Studies

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Aviation

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

32.3%

Other

31.6%

Bachelors

21.9%

Certificate

7.3%

Masters

4.3%

Diploma

2.6%
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Real Instrument And Controls Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation & Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 08, 2014 $157,270
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $151,844
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 02, 2014 $147,697
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2015 $147,162
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $146,645
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Control KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 18, 2011 $144,640
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2010 $142,126
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $140,400
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation & Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2013 $138,240
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 02, 2011 $136,492
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 25, 2015 $130,000 -
$142,703
Technical Advisor-Instrumentation/Controls KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $130,000
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

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Top Skills for An Instrument And Controls Technician

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  1. Temperature Transmitters
  2. Control Systems
  3. Control Valves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed checks and Calibration on: DP flow transmitters, level transmitters, temperature transmitters, signal converters/transducers and pressure switches.
  • Recommend design modification to Instrument Control Systems to improve operations and reduce maintenance.
  • Perform auto-calibration and finger-printing of control valves and emergency trip tests of ON/OFF valves using PRM and Valve Link Module.
  • Maintain and repair 700MW steam turbine generator instrumentation and excitation system.
  • Calibrated and maintained instrumentation and control loops in accordance with plant's technical specifications and procedures.

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