Electrical Instrumentation Tradesperson

Instrumentation tradespersons install, modify, maintain and repair instrumentation used in measurement and control systems. These instruments measure and control temperature, pressure and flow in processes used in industries such as petro-chemical, mining, food and manufacturing. Also referred to as electronic instrument tradesperson or electrotechnology instrumentation tradesperson.

Personal requirements of an instrumentation tradesperson may include:

  • Enjoy technical and engineering work
  • Good analytical skills and ability to solve problems
  • Aptitude to work precisely and perform integrated work
  • Physically fit
  • Good eyesight
  • Aptitude for mechanics and electronics 

Instrumentation tradespersons may complete the following tasks:

  • Repair and maintain electronic instruments and control systems
  • Install control systems and electronic instruments
  • Examine and test faulty electronic instruments 
  • Examine and test faulty control systems 
  • Undertake calibration and ensure there is correct operation of instrumentation equipment

This occupation usually requires completing an apprenticeship in Instrumentation and Control. However, in this occupation a dual trade education is recommended by undertaking both an instrumentation and electrical apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require completion of Year 10. Training is usually both on and off the job and once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship with a Certificate III you will be a qualified trade person.  

Instrumentation tradespeople may work at power stations, oil refineries, in mineral, pulp and paper industries as well as in chemical processing plants and hospitals.