Fieldbus Technology

A fairly new technology that provides a communication network for multiple field instrument signals over a single cable connection. In addition to reducing the field wiring cost some additional benefits that have been enable by this technology are remote monitoring, real-time self-diagnostics, and proactive maintenance of field devices.  Instrumentation technicians maintain these systems in chemical plants, petroleum refineries, canneries, and food processing plants, as well as other businesses that control and monitor air and water environmental compliance. Instrumentation technicians perform general maintenance, test, calibrate, install, repair, and inspect monitoring devices. These industries require extremely precise measuring and monitoring equipment to regulate flow and pressure rates, keep track of production, manage power use, and ensure safety. Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to four years and short-term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete.(Source: East Harris County Manufacturing Association)

Description 2014 Jobs 2018 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Industrial Engineering Technician 1,071 1,126 $34.23 $20.04 $46.49
Chemical Plant and System Operators 5,522 5,373 $31.08 $18.23 $42.56

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included. Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2014.3 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Performing Computer Maintenance

General Requirements

Long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. For nuclear technicians, the requirement is completion of a degree program usually requiring at least 2 years of full-time equivalent academic work. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)

Programs of Study

  • Certificate of Completion, Instrumentation—AT11