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Working As An Instrument And Electrical Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $61,130

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do At Occidental Petroleum

* Maintain protection of the environment and the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate and/or transport our products, as our highest priority.
* Install, maintain, inspect, troubleshoot, repair and perform preventative maintenance on all plant instrumentation, control systems, analyzers and electrical equipment.
* Responsible for prompt and accurate diagnosis of minor problems and the implementation of corrective action.
* Consult directly with equipment vendors on problems for resolution as necessary.
* Set up and operate limited types of shop tools and specialized test, measuring equipment and hand tools utilized in any phase of machine installation or maintenance.
* Conduct evaluation tests on valves, motors, instruments, etc.
* Must be proficient in troubleshooting 120 volt AC controls, 480 volt motors and switch gear.
* Research specifications for materials, testing and repair of instrumentation and electrical equipment.
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What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do At Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

* Participate actively in department/plant safety programs.
* Promote safety rules and regulations as well as environmental compliance.
* Engage actively in a team environment, bring a positive attitude, maintain personal accountability and provide mentoring and coaching for team member development.
* Provide hands on support as required to resolve Instrument/Electrical field problems as they occur.
* Areas of technical knowledge should include, testing, troubleshooting and repair of
* control valves
* plant process analytical equipment
* pressure, level and flow instrumentation
* low voltage motors/breakers and control circuits
* distributed control systems
* Investigate equipment failures, determine root cause of failure, and recommend appropriate solutions to reduce reoccurrence of/or eliminate cause of failure.
* Recommend and specify revisions to improve equipment performance and/or system reliability/capacity.
* Assist in the development, implementation and periodic review of preventative/predictive maintenance programs to reduce unplanned shutdowns and improve overall plant on stream capability.
* Keep abreast of and evaluate new methodologies, work practices, equipment, instrumentation, controls, technology, etc., for application and use within the plant.
* Participate in the planning and execution of minor and major shutdowns.
* Provide technical and hands on support as required during shutdowns.
* Assist in the development and ongoing improvement of the plant mechanical integrity program

What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do At Archrock

* Run all pneumatic tubing
* Complete the layout of tubing on skids
* Ability to run tubing to the end devices
* Able to bend tubing ¼
* inch thick
* Able to read General Adjustment and PNID drawings
* Fabricate bracket braces and instrument racks as needed
* Performs required testing of tubing
* Experience bending stainless steel
* Expert knowledge of Exterran equipment
* Capable of reading all blueprints and giving direction from them
* Expert knowledge of the different types of tubing
* Strong knowledge of end devices
* Understanding of system flow
* Works with entry and intermediate level employees to develop and train
* Must be able to fabricate and install rigid & aluminum E
* M.T, plasti-bond, and conduit
* Must be able to use benders
* Must be able to wire and cable installation by hand, by machine and in cable trays.
* Must have knowledge of MCC and switchgear work.
* Must be able to troubleshoot motor controls (energized)
* Must be able to read blueprints, and read and interpret the National Electric Code requirements
* Is responsible for making final electrical connections after installation of conduit
* Is responsible for reporting any problems arising during the test cycle on units.
* Able to accurately troubleshoot
* Testing control panels and making connections which ensure the function of the panel yields accurate results.
* Certifying units, final inspection and test documents
* Making changes to panel selection, wiring, etc.
* Maintaining a file of installation design and technique for new units through pictures and diagrams.
* Works with suppliers of electrical components to design hook-ups on panels
* Helps with mechanical assembly as needed
* Participates in the Quality Improvement Process as required.
* Provides guidance and training to entry and intermediate level employees
* Ability to build PLC panels
* Travel up to 80% of the time

What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do At Airgas Usa LLC

* Maintain and troubleshoot, instrumentation systems, and calibrations in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions, local work instructions and governing regulations.
* Install, maintain, adjust and repair manual, pneumatic, electric and electronic measuring, recording, and regulating instrumentation.
* Maintain, troubleshoot, and perform preventative inspections on mechanical equipment and systems in accordance with manufacturers instructions, local work instructions and governing regulations.
* Maintain and troubleshoot, electrical systems in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions, local work instructions and governing regulations.
* Maintain quality control and quality assurance equipment, including process analyzers and gas chromatographs.
* Maintain calibration standards, including inspection, testing and measuring equipment as well as calibration gas cylinders.
* Perform routine and non-routine analytical calibrations and adjustments.
* Maintain, troubleshoot and perform maintenance on compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, and other plant equipment.
* Demonstrate commitment to safety.
* Read and interpret technical drawings and manuals.
* Monitors water treatment systems
* Demonstrate advanced troubleshooting skills.
* Work with management team to schedule calibration and preventive maintenance programs during plant outages to achieve plant and company strategic quality and efficiency goals.
* Assist in the administration and maintenance of comprehensive spare parts program.
* Assist in the training and development of other Airgas associates when needed.
* Develop and maintain contractor relationships
* Operate and control equipment used in an air separation plant.
* Complete other related duties as assigned

What Does An Instrument And Electrical Technician Do At Austin Industries

* include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Apply knowledge of mathematics to instrumentation, such as ratio and proportions, numbers with power of 10’s, algebra equations, English-to-metric conversion, inches of water to PSI, inches of mercury to PSI, etc.
* Considerable knowledge of the practice, methods, tools, equipment, and materials of electrical, instrumentation and control systems.
* Read blueprints, schematics and loop drawings and prepare job reports.
* Calibrate equipment using common calibration procedures and be able to read, interpret, apply and know where to find other procedures.
* Provide ongoing technical support to production in the area of instrumentation and localized process controllers (PLC).
* Troubleshoot and develop programming solutions and/or control schemes, which will improve the plant operation primarily from increased equipment reliability and maintenance expense reduction.
* This would include higher levels of automation, improved methods of control, and improved information gathering and reporting.
* Completes necessary documentation to ensure control documentation is current.
* Follows all necessary change control procedures.
* Interface with production, maintenance technicians and engineering by participating in development of new process design and existing process revision as it pertains to process control software and hardware.
* Knowledge of the occupational hazards of the electrical and instrumentation equipment and the necessary safety precautions.
* Knowledge of applicable electrical codes.
* Proficient in trouble-shooting defects in electrical, instrumentation and localized control systems.
* Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to read and interpret sketches, diagrams, and blueprints.
* Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trades involved.
* Ability to detect defects in equipment and to make proper repairs or adjustments.
* Tests, maintains, and evaluates equipment performance using instruments such as voltmeters, ohmmeters, pyrometers, and pressure gauges.
* Tests and calibrates pneumatic controls.
* Adjusts, repairs and replaces electrical and electronic pneumatic relays.
* Prepares accurate records for preventative maintenance.
* Complies with all documentation requirements regarding processing, GMP’s safety, housekeeping, environmental, and sanitation.
* All work performed must be done in compliance with company guidelines for safety and environmental responsibility.
* Is able to operate within a team based environment, willing to participate in team activities, serve in leadership roles, and be receptive to receiving and giving constructive feedback to their team members and management.
* Perform related work as required, including working overtime (after hours, weekends, etc.).
* Must be able to follow minimal instructions and support safe work practices.
* Must be able to function responsibly as part of a team.
* Must be physically able to handle equipment up to 50 kilograms using available equipment.
* Must be able to lift >40 pound containers repetitively.
* Must be able to wear required protective equipment, including respirators.
* Must be able to climb stairs and ladders repetitively when required.
* The I/E Technician has the potential to handle and generate the following RCRA hazardous waste streams:
* Fluorescent mercury tubes
* Aerosol cans
* Halogenated spent lubricants
* Spent solvents

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How To Become An Instrument And Electrical Technician

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


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 Electrical Technician Career Paths

Instrument And Electrical Technician
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Start-Up Engineer Project Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Process Control Technician Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Supervisor
Controls Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Controls Technician Controls Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
IC Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Control Technician Engineering Technician Construction Manager
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Manager Construction Manager Senior Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Controls Technician Electrical Controls Engineer Maintenance Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician Controls Technician Field Service Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Controls Technician IC Technician Field Engineer
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Instrument Technician Lead Technician Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Instrument And Electrical Technician Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • French

  • Bengali

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Top Skills for An Instrument And Electrical Technician

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Top Instrument And Electrical Technician Skills

  1. Programmable Logic Controllers
  2. Differential Pressure Transmitters
  3. Control Valves
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers, Endress Hauser Instrumentation including Pressure, Temperature, Flow, Level and Analytical Transmitters.
  • Installed and ensured the proper functioning of a variety of differential pressure transmitters.
  • Control valves, butterfly valves, etc.
  • Worked all aspects of instrumentation, pneumatic, electrical and motor control centers.
  • Calibrate, Install and terminate temperature transmitters, pressure transmitter, pressure switches and solenoids.

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