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Instrumentation Engineering Technologist

NOC #22302, #22310

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma
  • Average salary $58,000 to $95,000

Career profile

Instrumentation engineering technologists operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They may work with engineers and others to design, specify, size and select measurement and control systems. Instrumentation engineering technologists may also program and configure microprocessor-based measurement and control systems or oversee diagnostic programs and the installation of instrumentation systems.

Instrumentation engineering technologists coordinate with other trades or vendors involved with construction or ongoing maintenance activities. They work with pneumatic devices, control valves, electronic instruments, digital logic devices, computer-based process controls and control system design.

Exploration and production, Oil and gas services, Oil sands, Pipelines, Offshore, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Emissions reduction, Contracted and turnaround maintenance, Modular fabrication, Construction, Start-up and commissioning, Engineering, design and procurement, Geothermal, Solar, Wind

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Providing expertise in the evaluation, selection and installation of new instrumentation and analytical equipment
  • Recommending and implementing modifications to improve measurement and control systems
  • Performing or arranging for the required maintenance, calibration and repair of analytical equipment, instrumentation, controls and their associated systems
  • Managing preventative maintenance and calibration programs
  • Repairing or replacing defective or worn electrical, electronic or instrument parts
  • Designing, developing and testing power equipment and systems, industrial process control systems, telecommunication, broadcast, recording and audiovisual systems, micro-electronic systems and circuits, computers, computer systems and networks and computer software


  • A post-secondary diploma in instrumentation engineering technology or computer engineering technology is typically required.
  • Familiarity with design and drafting software, such as AutoCAD.


  • Membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists and work experience is required to use the title Professional Technologist. Additional compliance criteria may apply depending on the province or territory. In some cases, provincial legislation recognizes Professional Technologists as licensees under the local professional engineering organization, capable of practicing professional engineering within a limited scope.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

  • Minimal travel likely required
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Safety-sensitive environment

You have strong computer skills as you need to be able to use many new software packages to do your job effectively. Having a strong aptitude for math, chemistry and physics, you can visualize 3D objects from 2D drawings.

  • Troubleshooting
  • Computer use
  • Operation and control
  • Operation monitoring
  • Repairing
  • Critical thinking
  • Operations analysis
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Programming
  • Installation