Production processes depend to a large extent on instruments, which are the eyes and ears of the process industry. The main task of measurement and control technicians is to provide the link between the engineering and process teams in industry.
Measurement and control technicians are responsible for the installation, restoration, maintenance, adjustment and calibration of electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic instruments, as well as the associated communication and data systems.
The technicians are also capable of designing and building electric and electronic circuits. The latest technology concerning instrumentation demands a thorough knowledge of computing technology and process control computers. Apart from quickly becoming comfortable with the particular process, measurement and control technicians will also be called upon to apply other engineering skills and to control electrical and mechanical apparatus.
The application of safety regulations and first aid has to be second nature to measurement and control technicians.
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate
Qualified mechanicians possessing a N3 Certificate may also be trained as technicians
Training is conducted exclusively at universities of technology:
The more experience technicians have and the better their qualifications are, the better job opportunities will become.
The General Secretary
SA Institute of Measurement and Control
P O Box 93124
Tel: (011) 888-8332 Fax: (011) 888-8332
Any of the above-mentioned employers may be contacted.