Engineering

Measurement & Control Technician

Measurement and control technicians install and maintain the systems that regulate and control industrial machinery and equipment.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Measurement & Control Technician do?

Measurement and control technicians install and maintain the systems that regulate and control industrial machinery and equipment.

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Work activities

As a measurement and control technician, you would:

  • install and maintain new manufacturing or processing control systems
  • read and interpret engineering drawings and technical specifications
  • test and recalibrate systems and equipment
  • review and analyse all feedback data received
  • follow maintenance and inspection schedules for systems and equipment
  • keep maintenance records up to date
  • work closely with other technicians and engineers.

Measurement and control technicians work across many industries including manufacturing, power generation, transport and petrochemicals.

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Key skills and interests

To become a measurement & control technician, you would need:

  • an interest in electronics and engineering
  • an ability to read technical drawings and specifications
  • good IT skills
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • a methodical way of working
  • good communication skills
  • good teamwork skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a measurement and control technician, you would work a standard umber of ours per week, which may be on a shift basis, depending on the industry in which you work. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines or fix faults.

Conditions

You would usually work in a production or manufacturing environment, or in a healthcare or research facility. Depending on your role you may be required to work outside, testing the control systems on external equipment.

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How to become an Measurement & Control Technician?

Entry Level Education

To become a measurement and control technician you would usually complete a VET qualification or a diploma in instrumentation and control engineering. Entry would usually require a senior secondary school certificate with English and maths or equivalent qualifications.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment growth for measurement and control technicians is expected to be about average.

While some industries that employ these technicians, especially in general manufacturing and petrochemicals, have been experiencing decline, others such as the manufacturing of medical devices, and power generation, have been growing.

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