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Instrument Fitter

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer and Precision Instrumentation Tradesperson.

Instrument fitters assemble and install precise instruments that measure, indicate, transmit, record and control.

Instrument fitters may specialise as camera repairers, scale adjusters or surgical instrument makers.

Experienced instrument fitters may work with scientists to design, manufacture or modify laboratory equipment.

TASKS

    Instrument fitters may perform the following tasks:

  • fit and assemble instrument parts such as circuit boards, power supplies and control units, springs, bearings, lenses and glass faces
  • check instruments for accuracy and calibrate (to manufacturers' specifications), using standard weights and measures; pneumatic, electrical and electronic test equipment; and small hand tools
  • install industrial instruments and equipment such as control panels, sensors, transmitters and controllers, meters and fixed cameras (if an appropriate licence is held)
  • dismantle and re-assemble delicate mechanisms or electronic circuits
  • overhaul instrument systems and repair or replace faulty parts using power tools and small hand tools
  • check performance using testing and measuring instruments and make necessary adjustments
  • set up computers and control equipment
  • connect computers to control systems and check the operation of these systems

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to do precise and detailed work
  • aptitude for technical activities

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become an instrument fitter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Instrumentation and Control or Electrical Fitting.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Electrotechnology Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

    Gaining dual-trade status through the study of mechanical instrument fitting electives, either during your apprenticeship or through post- trade studies, is encouraged in this occupation.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Instrument fitters usually work for power stations, mining and smelting plants, the petrochemical and minerals industries, instrument manufacturers, hospitals and other government bodies. They may also be employed by firms dealing with photographic instruments, surveying instruments, weighing or analysis devices, and by scientific laboratories. There is an increasing use of instruments in industry to provide efficient control of various processes.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a supervisor or technician.

Job opportunities depend on the level of activity in the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical, manufacturing, and water and power supply industries.

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