Instrumentation & Electronics Technician

Instrumentation and electronic technicians are employed in all sectors of the oil and gas industry. These workers are needed on all well pads, on the pipeline, and at meter sales points.

The responsibilities of an instrumentation and electronics technician include:

  • Physically setting up and maintaining electronics, instruments, automation, and measurement equipment
  • Troubleshooting all electronic and data acquisition equipment
  • Calibrating pressure gauges and meter measurement equipment

Course Topics:

  1. Automation
  2. Instrumentation and Process Control (Electronic Instrumentation)
  3. Electricity For Industry
  4. Petroleum Instrumentation (Intro to Measurement)
  5. Petroleum Field Automation
  6. Intro to SCADA

Plus the following Natural Gas and Oil Technology Core topics:

  1. Introduction to The Natural Gas & Oil Industry
  2. Safety (Industrial, Hazard, Gas/Oil Operations)
  3. Introduction to Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  4. Introduction to Circuit Analysis And Basic Electrical Measurements
  5. Basic Emergency Response Procedures
  6. Environmental Protections Methods And Devices for the Natural Gas Industry
  7. Communication, Teamwork and COnflict Resolution in Industry
  8. Introduction to Field Instrumentation and SCADA

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Additional Details


  • Work outside most of the time in remote areas alone.
  • Some office work

Typical Schedule

  • Monday - Friday
  • 10 hours a day
  • Some overtime and weekends
  • Occasionally on call for holidays

Industry Sector(s)

  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream

Keys for Success

  • Love the outdoors
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer literate
  • Highly technical


  • Certificate Program

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