Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics

(NOC 2243)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They work for pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument, and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing organizations.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 32% of Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $90,304. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$21.00

Minimum

$36.65

Median

$66.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$38,448

Minimum

$89,856

Median

$173,425

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They work for pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument, and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing organizations.

Job duties

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics:

  • Consult manufacturer's manuals, circuit diagrams, and blueprints to determine tests and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables in manufacturing and processing.
  • Inspect and test instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical, and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments.
  • Repair and adjust system components like sensors, transmitters, and programmable logic controllers, or remove and replace defective parts.
  • Calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications.
  • Carry out maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports.
  • Install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes.
  • Consult with and advise process operators.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice industrial instrument mechanic
  • apprentice instrument mechanic
  • heavy water plant control technician
  • industrial instrument mechanic
  • industrial instrument technician
  • industrial process control equipment repairer
  • instrument maintenance mechanic
  • instrumentation and control technician
  • process control equipment mechanic
  • process control equipment repairer

Skills

You should be interested in technology and discovering how things work. Good mechanical skills, attention to detail, and patience are necessary. You must be able to work under pressure and be able to work with and cooperate with others as part of a team. Effective spoken and written communication skills are also important.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A four- or five-year apprenticeship program in industrial instrument repair or completion of a two-year college program in industrial instrumentation technology and several years of work experience are usually required for trade certification.
  • Instrumentation and control technician trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified instrumentation and control technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

240

employed in 2016

95.7%

employed full-time

6.4%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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44.3

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

39.6%

Cape Breton

18.8%

North Shore

18.8%

Halifax

12.5%

Southern

10.4%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

27.3%

Manufacturing

21.2%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

12.1%

Professional, scientific and technical services

12.1%

Utilities

9.1%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

45-54

21.0%

35-44

21.0%

55-64

19.0%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

62.5%

College Diploma

$88,160 median annual income
27.1%

Trade Certification

$89,926 median annual income
4.2%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A
4.2%

High school

N/A
4.2%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. They include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing and testing automated, servomechanical, and other electromechanical systems. They include courses in prototype testing, manufacturing and operational testing, systems analysis and maintenance procedures, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Industrial Electronics Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical/electronic equipment used in industry and manufacturing. They include courses in installing, maintaining and testing various types of equipment.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Instrumentation Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. They include courses in instrumentation design and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Instrumentation and Control Technician

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

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