Instrument Mechanic

The world depends on the mass production of goods in factories and processing plants with the help of large machines controlled by panels of instruments. Over time the machines which are often in operation and pumping out products twenty-four hours a day seven days a week need their instrument panels updated fixed maintained and repaired. This is the job of an instrument mechanic. An instrument mechanic is a professional repair person who has a knack for knowing how complex systems work and how to diagnose and fix problems associated with them. Instrument mechanics typically work in the industrial realm dealing with equipment that produces materials on a large scale. According to www.itabc.ca two examples of industries that employ instrument mechanics are those that produce pulp for paper manufacturing purposes and those that produce petrochemicals. They typically monitor calibrate and maintain the instrument control panels that power the flow of gases or liquids measure the temperature and pressure of materials during the manufacturing process and also evaluate the level or need for additional materials to continue or finish the steps in the manufacturing process. Because it is essential that the equipment at a manufacturing plant be in working order at all times instrument mechanics spend a great deal of time performing routine maintenance inspecting instrument panels and conducting tests to ensure that systems are working correctly. In order to become an instrument mechanic it is essential to obtain a high school diploma and then complete an apprenticeship or on-the-job training. Typically instrument mechanics do not reach their full earning potential during their apprenticeship years but do get paid about half of what their normal salary will become after the apprenticeship is completed. According to the website www.payscale.com the typical salary for an instrument mechanic is between $51865 and $79996 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $65930.5
High Salary: $79996
Low Salary: $51865
Tasks: Maintains instruments.
Adjusts instruments to improve functionality.
Repairs broken instrument panels.
Diagnoses problems and faults with instruments.
Also Called: Instrument Control Technician
Control Technician
Industrial Instrument Mechanic
Panel Instrument Repairer
Additional Resources: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Instrument_Mechanic/Hourly_Rate
http://www.itabc.ca/Page641.aspx
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/INSTRUMENT-MECHANIC.cfm