Instrumentation

Instrumentation technicians install, test, calibrate and perform general maintenance on some of the most sophisticated, extremely precise measuring and monitoring equipment in the world. They are highly skilled technologists. Instrumentation technicians work in refining, petrochemical and manufacturing industries. They are valuable for the control of processes and environmental compliance. Most instrument technicians become certified in a national standard. Students learn to read, analyze and produce electronic drafting documents.  There is a shortage of instrument technicians in the Gulf Coast area and the shortage will only increase as many analyzer technicians retire in the next five to ten years. Employers generally give preference to candidates who have a certification or Associates of Applied Science in Instrumentation.

(Source: East Harris County Manufacturing Association)

Description 2014 Jobs 2017 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Nuclear Technician 117 139 $37.55 $22.61 $57.90
Power Distributors 307 335 $34.75 $21.34 $51.48
Power Dispatchers 307 335 $34.75 $21.34 $51.48
Power Plant Operators 995 1,074 $32.84 $24.12 $42.33
Chemical Plant Operators 5,522 5,373 $31.08 $18.23 $42.56
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 2013.4 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, Analytical Instrumentation – ATI1