An instrumentation and controls (I&C) technician generally works at a manufacturing plant and is in charge of repairing and maintaining the instrumentation, robotic controllers, other equipment, and sensory readouts. The I&C technician works to ensure that manufacturing devices - which are often remotely controlled - work efficiently and in a manner that ensures maximum safety for all workers. Much of the I&C technician’s job is spent performing diagnostics, assessing equipment for any malfunctions or sluggishness. The technician is expected to identify and repair instrumentation systems that fall under their responsibility as necessary. Additionally, many manufacturing plants report data for efficiency and environmental data, and the I&C technician must ensure that the data recorded by instrumentation is accurate.
These technicians are also frequently in charge of scheduling regular maintenance and system downtimes. When there are updates or new instrumentation installations, the I&C tech is in charge of ensuring installations are performed and performing any new training necessary for operators. Many plants also expect I&C technicians to be control board-certified and able to work the control room as needed.
A degree from a technical college or vocational school in instrumentation or robotics is generally required for this position. Additionally, many employers require some plant experience as an operator. I&C technicians generally work full time in a manufacturing plant environment, and they should expect shift work that may include day, evening, and/or overnight shifts.
Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technician Tasks
Calibrate sensors and analyzers and configure logic in control systems.
Give technical guidance and assistance to less experienced personnel.
Use computerized systems to enter and retrieve data.
Troubleshoot plant equipment and systems.