This course of instruction prepares individuals for jobs as an instrument technician in the industrial, construction, and maintenance industry. Graduates may find suitable employment with electrical and instrumentation contractors in the industrial, construction, and maintenance industry. Students will train on the use of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic instruments and systems used to indicate, record and control generating operations in conventional, electric or nuclear power generating plants. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to exhibit skills that demonstrate good safety practices, especially electrical safety. Students completing the required coursework will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend.

Instrument technicians should be able to:

  • Inspect, install, test, adjust and repair electric, electronic, mechanical and pneumatic instruments and systems.
  • Use test equipment, such as pressure gauges, mercury manometers, potentiometers, pulse and signal generators, oscilloscopes, transistor curve tracers, ammeters, voltmeters and wattmeters.
  • Disassemble and reassemble instruments in the systems.
  • Calibrate readings on instruments according to standards and adjust phasing and align stages to ensure accuracy of recording and indicating functions.
  • Check instruments for accuracy and calibrating to specifications.
  • Overhaul instrument systems.
  • Prepare schematic drawings, sketches and reports to reflect changes or alterations made in instruments, circuits and systems.