Instrumentation Technicians

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Instrumentation technicians are skilled craftsworkers who do precision work and are involved in the field of measurement and control. Technicians inspect, test, repair, and adjust instruments that detect, measure, and record changes in industrial environments. They work with theoretical or analytical problems, helping engineers improve instrument and system performance.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biomedical Equipment Technicians, Calibration Technicians, Development Technicians, Electromechanical Technicians, Fabrication Technicians, Instrument Sales Technicians, Instrumentation Design Technicians, Instrumentation Repair Technicians, Mechanical Instrumentation Technicians, Nuclear Instrumentation Technicians, Standards Laboratory Technicians, Troubleshooting Instrumentation Technicians
Duties Develop new instruments; install, inspect, and repair instruments; design, sketch and build fixtures and instruments; plan test programs; develop calibration standards and write procedures and practical guides
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Instrumentation Technician Supervisor
  • Experienced Instrumentation Technician
  • Entry-Level Instrumentation Technician