Instrumentation tradespeople work with measurement and control systems including instruments that control temperature, pressure and flow in a range of manufacturing industries.

Where instrumentation tradespersons are employed

Instrumentation tradespersons may work in the minerals and pulp and paper industries, power stations, oil refineries, chemical processing plants and hospitals. Industry is increasingly using instruments in the monitoring and control of various processes.


Full-time instrumentation tradespersons in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scale for Instrumentation tradesperson

Job prospects

With experience and further training it is possible to become a supervisor or technician. Post-trade training is also available in new electronic technologies and advanced skills.

In 2011 there were 89 people employed full-time as instrumentation tradespersons in South Australia compared with 95 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you have to complete a an apprenticeship in instrumentation and control. Entry to these courses usually requires you to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Consider doing maths and physics SACE subjects.

See courses related to this occupation.

Gaining dual-trade status by undertaking both an instrumentation and electrical apprenticeship is encouraged in this occupation. For more information see apprenticeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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