Instrumentation technicians install, maintain & repair the measuring and control instruments used in industrial and commercial processing. Instrumentation technicians work with a wide variety of electronic and microcomputer instruments used to measure and control variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, level, motion, force and chemical composition.

You have manual dexterity.

You do risk assessments.

You work well with & without supervision.


  • Consult manufacturer’s manuals to determine test and maintenance procedures
  • Use pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices to inspect and test instrument and system operations
  • Consult with and advise process operations
  • Repair, maintain and adjust system components or remove and replace defective parts
  • Calibrate and maintain components and instruments according to manufacturers’ specifications

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)
  • Good communication, reading & numeracy skills
  • Problem-solving & planning skills
  • Ability to bend, reach, twist and stand for long periods of time
  • Good balance and ability to lift ~15 kg
  • Ability to travel and work in remote locations
  • Ability to work shifts & rotational schedules
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

4 years, including a minimum of 8 weeks of technical training and 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

To potentially qualify for credit to reduce the length of apprenticeship term: Completed courses of study, instrumentation technician-related work experience or related journeyperson certificate AND employer’s recommendation.

To apply for a Prior Learning Assessment: Previous training/work experience in the trade AND desire to determine the level of skill & knowledge or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program.

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Hourly Pay

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Construction Workers Needed

55,810 Construction Workers needed by 2030*

*BuildForce Canada