Instrumentation & 
Control Technician

Instrumentation and Control Technicians understand what all the dials, gauges and measuring devices are on any large piece of machinery, to ensure all runs smoothly.  

As an Instrumentation and Control Technician, you’ll use your logical approach to repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install the dials, sensors and other instrumentation that measure and control industrial/commercial machinery.  

You’ll work anywhere that uses complicated machinery—from pulp and paper plants to power plants, mines, manufacturing companies and health services.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to consult manufacturer manuals, circuit diagrams and blueprints 
  • How to test and maintain instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, chemical composition and other variables  
  • How to calibrate components and instruments according to manufacturer specifications  
  • How to perform scheduled preventive maintenance work and complete test and maintenance reports  
  • How to install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes 

Key Job Skills

  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting 
  • Analytical instrumentation 
  • Measuring and indicating devices 
  • Installation and maintenance of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electronic systems 
  • Communications, networking and signal transmission systems 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 40 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
6000 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$32.00 — $46.00

Program Updates

  • None

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  • December 2023: Program Update (IP Exams aligned to 2020 Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS)). A Comparative Analysis detailing changes between the 2013 NOA and 2020 RSOS can be found here.


Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.