Instrumentation and Control Technicians
Introduction
Industrial instrument mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read short instructions written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read instructions on signs and electrical panel labels to learn how to avoid shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos, e.g. read memos from supervisors to learn about changes to operating procedures and the status of projects. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read workplace safety guidelines to learn the hazards of products, such as hydrogen sulphide and caustic sodas. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols on labels, material packaging, technical drawings and equipment screens, e.g. scan Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) symbols on product packaging to learn about the hazardous properties of chemicals. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to read reports, e.g. read quality and incident reports to learn about equipment faults and required repairs. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals and guides e.g. read procedure manuals and guides to learn how to install software programs, setup machinery and troubleshoot equipment faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate data, such as energy readings, speeds, pressures, settings and error codes on gauges and digital displays. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete work orders and equipment inspection forms by checking boxes and entering data, such as dates, times, part numbers, codes and quantities. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as specifications, classifications and material coefficients in complex tables, e.g. interpret specification tables to determine the requirements for complex equipment installations. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use graphs and charts generated by computerized equipment. e.g. study circle charts to determine turbine speeds, turbine inlet temperatures, core temperatures and exit temperatures over set periods of time. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as specifications, classifications and material coefficients in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex technical drawings, e.g. scan schematic, assembly and exploded view diagrams of complex equipment components to plan installations and troubleshoot faults. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to install and service distributed control system (DCS) software to control system parameters, such as speeds, outputs, pressures and temperatures. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability use hand-held configurators to assist in the configuration of system components. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from co-workers to learn about equipment faults. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries on a variety of forms, e.g. read comments on work orders and job hazard assessment forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from manufacturers to learn about equipment malfunctions. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment, drawings and panels to locate specifications, voltages, safety information and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information, voltages and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 1)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and brief notes to co-workers, e.g. write brief notes to inform supervisors about the status of repair projects. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Databases
Use databases to acquire information about distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) inputs, such has ranges, locations and alarm conditions. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates, and perform proportional calculations.  (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)