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What does a Measurement & Control Technician do?

Measurement and control technicians work with complex instruments and sensors that monitor production or operational processes in a wide variety of fields, including manufacturing, medical instruments, transportation, power generation, and light and heavy engineering.

The control instruments are used to monitor what is happening in a specific area of operation or production. Where faults occur, the instruments are programmed to carry out any necessary changes and adjustments straight away. They are also designed to collate and feedback data, which is used in quality control.

The work includes the installation, and routine maintenance and repair of components, monitoring existing systems using programmable logic controls (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCSs), and designing, producing, testing, calibrating and operating new systems.

Technicians work closely with instrument control engineers and may also be responsible for the supervision of craftspeople and machine operators. See the profile for Measurement and Control Engineer.

What's the working environment like working as a Measurement & Control Technician?

Technicians work 37 to 40 hours a week, with shift, on-call, night and weekend work often required.

Working conditions are dependent on the type of industry. Technicians may work indoors on a factory production line, a controlled environment, such as an electronics manufacturing plant, or hospital or research facility; they may be outside, for example, if working on road and rail infrastructure.

What does it take to become a Measurement & Control Technician?

To be a measurement and control technician you need:

  • an interest in electronics and microelectronics
  • an understanding of computer engineering applications
  • a grasp of engineering principles
  • to be able to work methodically and precisely
  • good analytical skills
  • good communications skills
  • be able to work alone or as part of a team.

Measurement & Control Technician Career Opportunities

Measurement and control technicians are employed in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing industries, and research and development companies and prospects are good.

There are opportunities in installation and maintenance of monitoring equipment; design and manufacture of components; computerised control equipment; testing of new equipment; production control; and costing.

Career progression would normally involve moving into supervisory positions. With further training and experience, higher management and project lead roles may become available - see Measurement and Control Engineer.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Measurement & Control Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

The Engineering Careers Information Service (ECIS)
www.enginuity.org.uk

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
London
SW1H 9HP
Tel: 020 7227 8421
www.wisecampaign.org.uk

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
Interpoint
20-24 York Street
Belfast
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878
www.etcni.org.uk

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
London
WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891
www.engc.org.uk
www.engtech.co.uk

Institute of Measurement and Control
87 Gower Street
London
WC1E 6AF
www.instmc.org.uk



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