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Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

OaSIS code 22312.00

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation.

Overview

Also known as

  • Apprentice industrial instrument mechanic
  • Industrial instrument mechanic
  • Industrial instrument technician
  • Industrial instrumentation technician
  • Process control equipment mechanic

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments
  • Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, or remove and replace defective parts
  • Calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturers' specifications
  • Perform scheduled preventive 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.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.

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Exclusions:

  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers (22231)
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  • Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors (22313)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (72400)
  • Aircraft instrument technician (in 22313.01 Aircraft instrument mechanics and technicians)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

223 – Technical occupations related to engineering

Minor group

2231 – Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering

Unit group

22312 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

Occupational profile

22312.00 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Electronic Maintenance
4 - High Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
4 - High Level
Mechanical Maintenance
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Hydro power generating utilities
  • Industrial instrument companies
  • Industrial instrument servicing establishments
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Mining companies
  • Natural gas companies
  • Nuclear power generating utilities
  • Petrochemical companies
  • Pulp and paper processing companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Sound Localization
5 - Highest Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Control of Settings
4 - High Level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Manual Dexterity
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Operation Monitoring of Machinery and Equipment
5 - Highest Level
Preventative Maintenance
5 - Highest Level
Repairing
5 - Highest Level
Troubleshooting
5 - Highest Level
Operation and Control
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important
Analytical Thinking
3 - Important
Collaboration
3 - Important