Industrial Instrumentation Technician and Mechanic

The following are examples of job functions for a Industrial Instrumentation Technician / Mechanic that demand some level of proficiency with digital tools, devices, and systems:

  • Preparing circuit diagrams and blueprints
  • Inspecting and testing operation of instruments and systems
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, maintaining, and adjusting system components
  • Installing, programming, and calibrating new equipment
  • Evaluating latest technologies for feasibility and efficiencies
  • Checking for continuity, resistance, voltages, and current readings

Examples of Digital Tools, Devices and Systems for Industrial Instrumentation Technician and Mechanic
  • Processes and procedures to work with digital interfaces on instrumentations installed in ships, autonomous underwater vehicles, moorings, etc. in order to:
    • verify calibrations or calibrate sensors on these instruments
    • capture relevant data
    • install, repair, and test instruments
    • report and communicate the data
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • System communication protocols (e.g., digital, satellite telemetry, RF, cabled, etc.) to communicate messages from the ocean
  • Computer operating Systems – Windows, Linux, MacOS installation and maintenance
  • Virtual Network Computing to remotely share a screen with another computer and communicate relevant data
  • Computer networking:
    • install connections and cabling
    • problem troubleshooting for system failures
    • testing and configuring software
    • maintain and repair computer hardware and peripheral devices
  • Computer programming and coding using Java, C, C++, JavaScript, and other programming and scripting languages
  • Web programming software to create applications on the web in HTML, XML format
  • Matlab, SQL (databases) for data analysis and data query
  • GIS, CAD for planning and designing
  • LabVIEW to develop automated research, validation, and production test systems
  • Ocean Data View for the analysis and visualization of oceanographic and meteorological data sets
  • Data Loggers and Data Acquisition Systems for capturing and recording data at periodic intervals