Instrument and Control Technician (447A)
* This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
Preparing to attend the Certification of Qualification exam 447A?
What Does an Instrumentation and Control Technician Do?
An Instrumentation and Control Technician (447A) repairs, maintains, calibrates, adjusts and installs industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. This instrumentation makes sure that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly. They may regulate the water flow in equipment or check the air quality in a mine. The operation and safety of the plant relies on these instruments so the Instrumentation and Control Technician is very important as they constantly monitor and calibrate these instruments.
Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values:
● consulting manuals, reading and interpreting circuit diagrams, blueprints and schematics
● inspecting and testing the operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using testing devices
● writing maintenance reports
● repairing and adjusting system components or removing and replacing defective parts
● calibrating components and instruments
● performing scheduled preventative maintenance work
● installing control and measurement instruments on existing or new plant equipment
● observing safety in accordance with government and company standards
The course offers a review of the following topics:
● Calibration Principles
● Temperature Instrument Calibration
● Pressure Instrument Calibration
● Level Instrument Calibration
● Flow Instrument Calibration
● Final Control Devices Calibration
● Process Analytical Instrument Calibration
● Process/ Pressure Measuring Instruments
● Level and Density Measurements
● Flow Measurement
● Temperature and Humidity Measurements
● Analytical Measurement
● The Feedback Control Loop
● Pneumatic Control Mechanisms
● Electronic (Analog) Control Systems
● Actuators and Valves
● Split-range, Auto-Selector, Ratio, and Cascade Systems
● Computer Software and operation
● Constructing and Incrementing Real and Simulated Processes
Registration is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. This course is recommended for persons with related experience.
What’s Your Future as an Instrumentation and Control Technician?
Instrumentation and Control Technicians work mainly indoors, on the plant floor and often in cramped conditions. They may be required to stand for prolonged periods of time and be exposed to high noise, fumes and heat levels. Because this is such an important job, they must pay close attention to safety and may be called out in emergencies. Constant learning may be required to keep up with new technology.
Primarily work in this trade is full time and often in shifts. Employers who hire Instrumentation and Control Technicians include:
● Machinery and equipment wholesalers
● Industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies
● Primary steel producers
● Nuclear and Hydro Electric Power companies
● Industrial chemicals manufacturers
● Mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies
● Pulp and paper processing companies
Fully qualified Industrial Instrumentation and Control Technicians earn an average of $15-$32/hr, not including overtime and benefits.