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NOC Code: NOC Code: 2243 Occupation: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing establishments.  Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation. They are employed by pulp and paper processing companies, nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining, petrochemical and natural gas companies, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, and by industrial instrument servicing establishments. 

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3 4
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read short text entries on a variety of forms, e.g. read comments on work orders and job hazard assessment forms. (1)
  • Read reminders and short notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from co-workers to learn about equipment faults. (1)
  • 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. (1)
  • Read memos, e.g. read memos from supervisors to learn about changes to operating procedures and the status of projects. (2)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from manufacturers to learn about equipment malfunctions. (2)
  • Read reports, e.g. read quality and incident reports to learn about equipment faults and required repairs. (3)
  • 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. (3)
  • Read trade magazine and website articles to learn about new products and stay informed about industry practices. (3)
  • Read safety-related information, e.g. read workplace safety guidelines to learn the hazards of products, such as hydrogen sulphide and caustic sodas. (3)
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  • Write reminders and brief notes to co-workers, e.g. write brief notes to inform supervisors about the status of repair projects. (1)
  • Write text entries in forms and log books, e.g. write short comments on work orders to describe completed work and inspection findings. (1)
  • Write short email messages, e.g. write email messages to request information from suppliers. (2)
  • Write short reports, e.g. write short reports to describe the outcomes of tailboard meetings (safety-related job briefings) and events leading up to workplace accidents. (2)
  • Write longer reports to outline the findings of investigations to determine the causes of major equipment faults. (3)
  • Write procedures, e.g. write procedures to inform machine operators how to control and operate equipment and troubleshoot faults. (3)
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Document Use
  • Locate data, such as energy readings, speeds, pressures, settings and error codes on gauges and digital displays. (1)
  • Locate data, such as parts numbers in simple lists and tables. (1)
  • 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. (1)
  • 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. (2)
  • Locate data, such as specifications, classifications, material coefficients, quantities, identification numbers and costs, in complex tables. (3)
  • Study 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. (3)
  • Study complex technical drawings, e.g. scan schematic, assembly and exploded view diagrams of complex equipment components to plan installations and troubleshoot faults. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use hand-held electronic devices, such as oscilloscopes, to access operational data, such as electrical readings. (1)
  • Use hand-held communicators to read pressures, flows and instrumentation setups and to calibrate transmitters and valve positioners. (1)
  • Use personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use hand-held configurators to assist in the configuration of system components. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and help desk technicians. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use word processing software to prepare reports. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, electrical codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides. (2)
  • Use databases to enter repair information and retrieve equipment maintenance histories. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve and print scale and assembly diagrams. (2)
  • Use databases to acquire information about distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) inputs, such as ranges, locations and alarm conditions. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by training institutions, unions, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access blogs and web forums where they seek and offer advice about the repair of electronic equipment. (2)
  • Search through Internet websites and navigate several menus to locate technical data, such as pin assignments on integrated circuit chips. (3)
  • Use project management software for complex systems installations to schedule lead times and the completion of project milestones. (3)
  • Install and service programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to control the speeds and outputs of machinery. (4)
  • Install and service human-machine interfaces to permit interactions between human beings and computerized systems. (4)
  • Install and service supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor and control industrial, infrastructure and facility-based processes. (4)
  • Install and service distributed control system (DCS) software to control system parameters, such as speeds, outputs, pressures and temperatures. (4)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. speak with welders, machinists, electricians, mechanics and suppliers to discuss problems and assess solutions. (2)
  • Talk to operators about equipment and machinery breakdowns, e.g. speak with operators to determine the probable causes of equipment faults. (2)
  • Participate in group discussions, e.g. participate in tailboard meetings to discuss safe work practices and the outcomes of job hazard assessments. (2)
  • Make formal presentations to co-workers to explain quality monitoring and new equipment functions. (3)
  • Discuss systems designs with supervisors and engineers, e.g. discuss with engineers the optimal locations of system components, such as transmitters. (3)
  • Exchange technical repair and troubleshooting information, e.g. discuss unusual electronic control module faults with co-workers and help desk technicians. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule repair and maintenance tasks to efficiently use time and meet deadlines, e.g. schedule system upgrades and maintenance activities to coincide with annual plant shutdowns. (2)
  • Manage small inventories of parts, materials and supplies, e.g. calculate quantities of parts, materials and supplies to replace those that have been used. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements and readings using basic measuring tools, e.g. measure the lengths of tubing using tape measures. (1)
  • Calculate material requirements, e.g. calculate the materials, such as cabling, needed to install new equipment components. (2)
  • Calculate component values and specifications, e.g. use formulae to calculate resistances, airflows and eccentricities. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare data, such as frequencies, speeds, electrical energies, temperatures and transfer rates, to normal ranges and specifications. (1)
  • Calculate summary measures, e.g. calculate the average lengths of time needed to process raw materials. (2)
  • Evaluate sets of data collected from tests and simulations to troubleshoot faults and assess equipment performance and the progression of wear. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time required to complete equipment maintenance and repairs. Consider the requirements of the tasks, the availability of parts and the times previously taken to complete similar tasks. (2)
  • Estimate percentages of wear and useful life remaining for parts, such as pneumatic pumps. Consider the extent of wear and the parts' operational lives. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics plan their maintenance schedules six to eight months in advance. They plan the need for new pieces of machinery, where they will be placed and what tradespeople will be needed to complete the installations. They co-ordinate their activities with electricians and other trades, such as pipefitters, as needed. For some industrial instrument technicians and mechanics, planning follows five-year plans that involve stripping turbines piece by piece, with the industrial instrument mechanic being responsible for the instruments in the turbine (e.g. vibration detectors, eccentricity, thrust, case expansion detectors, etc.). Other types of planning may be short range, reacting to immediate problems instantly. Monthly planning is required for ordering parts and supplies. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide the order in which to perform equipment inspections. (1)
  • Decide that pieces of equipment should be repaired rather than replaced. Consider capital, material and labour costs. (2)
  • Decide how to deal with emergencies, e.g. how to contend with serious equipment malfunctions that have the potential to injure workers and cause significant amounts of property and environmental damage. (3)
  • Decide to shut down machines because of pending malfunctions. Consider the costs associated with the unexpected shutdowns and the risks if the equipment is not serviced. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Experience delays due to shortages of parts and supplies. Inform co-workers of the delays, order the supplies and perform other work until the needed parts, materials and supplies arrive. (2)
  • Encounter malfunctions in equipment. Inform co-workers of the malfunctions and use established troubleshooting sequences to isolate the faults. Repair the faults yourself or enlist the help of manufacturers' technicians and tradespeople, such as industrial electricians. (2)
  • Equipment cannot be repaired because specifications and instructions are unavailable. Consult manufacturers, co-workers, suppliers and colleagues for advice and research websites to locate useable information. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate project specifications from drawings, work orders and specification sheets and by speaking with engineers and supervisors. (2)
  • Learn about job hazards by inspecting job sites, reading hazard assessments, participating in safety briefings and speaking with co-workers. (2)
  • Learn about the progress being made on repairs by reading email messages, logbook entries and equipment lockout forms and by talking to co-workers and equipment repairers. (2)
  • Find information about unusual equipment faults. Talk to co-workers, such as machine operators, and conduct diagnostic tests to gather data. Collect additional data by taking measurements, running tests and trials and reviewing information generated by diagnostic equipment. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the accuracy of readings taken using equipment, such as multimeters. Compare readings to other indicators of equipment performance, such as vibrations and noises. (1)
  • Judge the condition of equipment by considering readings and the results of physical inspections. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of equipment faults. Consider criteria, such as readings, specifications and the risks to safety, property and the environment. (3)
  • Assess the quality and neatness of installations. Review test results, check the equipment for proper labeling and confirm that cables are properly anchored and connections are tight. Compare completed installations to drawings and other project documents to ensure equipment has been installed as planned. (3)
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