Instrumentation – Level 3

Instrument Technicians are involved in installation and maintenance of equipment used in the measurement and control of process plant relating to the manufacturing, oil and gas, food, steel making and petro-chemical industries.

What Will Be Covered:

  • Health and safety
  • Basic electric skills
  • Safe and correct use of tools and equipment
  • The maintenance and calibration of instrument equipment
  • Control systems and control loops

Career Opportunities:

Instrument Artificer, Instrument Fitter, Calibration Engineer, Control Systems Engineer

Entry Requirements:

3 GCSEs 9-4/A-C including Maths, English & ICT.

Additional Study:

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Function Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. You will also cover topics relating to Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning, Thinking and Skills.

Location and Assess Or Frequency:

1st year of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job and based within the training centre at NETA training. The remaining duration of the programme will be based on-site within the workplace and will be visited by a competent assessor on a timescale that is relevant to the learner.


42-48 months.

Underpinning Knowledge Of:

Electricity, Electrical Safety, use of calibration and test equipment, instrument symbols and drawings, units of process measurement, pneumatic and electronic systems, measurement principles of pressure, level, flow and temperature, basic automatic control and its associated equipment (i.e. control valves), distributed control systems (DCS’s), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), basic installation techniques including:- Tray work, impulse lines, conduit, steel wire armoured cable, multi-core cable, process tubing.



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