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Work Description

An instrumentation technician understands and operates instrumentation equipment that monitors and directs the measurement and control of industrial processes. This includes: steam, density, pressure, flow, temperature, ph, tank levels and material composition. The ability to understand and operate a variety of test equipment, such as electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and computerized control and calibration devices. Instrumentation technicians also design, install, program, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair industrial control systems.

Working Conditions

Most instrumentation technicians work in the paper mills or food processing industries. Technicians must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions. They use protective equipment to avoid common hazards; such as, safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • Four year training program
  • 7,424 hours on-the-job training.
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Classroom training includes study of electrical codes, electronics, electrical systems, safety, controllers, instrument mechanics and process measurements.

Application Process

  • To become an apprentice in the State of WI, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).

  • Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.

  • Once you have a sponsor, the employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.


Ben Stahlecker
State of Wisconsin – DWD
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
District Representative – Wausau
Job Center
364 Grand Ave
Wausau, WI 54403
Phone: 715-261-8754




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