Career Profile:

Industrial Instrumentation Technician and Mechanic

Ocean Sonics, 2015
Ocean Sonics, 2015


Median Yearly





Industrial instrumentation technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instrumentation.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:

Cape Breton, Halifax

Most employees have:

Non-university certificate or diploma


Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

What you do

In the oceans technology sector, instrumentation technicians and mechanics interface instrumentation to a wide variety of platforms including ships, moorings, and underwater vehicles. In many organizations, these technicians are responsible for all aspects of data collection and management, from the deployment of instruments into the marine environment to the delivery of documented data to the end user.

An Industrial Instrumentation Technician and Mechanic performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Consultation with manufacturers, prepare circuit diagrams and blueprints to determine tests and maintenance procedures for instruments used for measuring and controlling flow, level, pressure, temperature, and other variables;
  • Inspect and test operation of instruments and systems to diagnose faults; and
  • Repair and adjust system components, such as sensors and transmitters.

What you need

  • Work with precision and be attentive to detail;
  • Good mechanical aptitude and having patience are necessary;
  • Able to work under pressure and collaborate and cooperate with others; and
  • Effective oral and written communication skills are also important.

Who might be hiring?

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "fair", which indicates the changes of a qualified individual finding work is around average.

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Co-op Options and Opportunities (Science Streams)
Oceans 11

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Certificates, Diplomas, Community College
Nova Scotia Community College: Industrial Instrumentation
2 years, $3,130 / year
Journeyperson Certification