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Instrument Craftsperson

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€13k > 35 
Instrument Craftsperson
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 35 
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Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 26 - 35
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Last Updated: November, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Maintains, services and repairs instruments like gauges, clocks and meters used in industry and manufacturing equipment. 


The Work header image

The work of instrumentation craftworkers involves the maintenance and repair of all instruments used in the measurement and control of process variables (e.g. in the chemical industry to measure and control the temperature, pressure and flow, as appropriate, in various points of the process). The work also involves the mechanical, electrical repair and calibration of indicators, controllers, recorders and transmitters.  
 
Instrumentation craftspersons are employed in the following areas  
- Installation of measurement and control equipment in pharmaceutical, food and other industries.  
- Maintenance of the instrumentation equipment in these industries.  
- Sales of instrumentation equipment

A typical instrumentation system would be used for monitoring and controlling the pressure/temperature/flow/pH of water, oil, steam, acids, air or food products. The equipment is a combination of electrical/electronic/mechanical components.

 


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You need to be able to read, understand and analyse engineering drawings. Good number skills are important to make precise measurements and make calculations.  
 
A practical approach to problem-solving is necessary. You need to work logically and plan your work.  
 
Co-ordination and hand skills are important for using a wide range of machine tools, hand tools and other equipment.


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