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What is Instrumentation?

Control and instrumentation (C&I) engineers are responsible for designing, developing, installing, managing, and maintaining equipment that is used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery, and processes.

An instrumentation technician monitors environmental and atmospheric changes in industrial environments.

Their work is essential to the safe and efficient operation of facilities such as chemical plants, refineries, power plants, food processing factories, and pollution control organisations.


According to the National Career Service, a qualified instrumentation technicians' salary can start from £18,000 and increase to £35,000 once experienced.

As an apprentice, you will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage by your employer during your studies.

Instrumentation technician key responsibilities:

They may make sketches and build or modify jibs, fixtures, instruments, and related apparatus. They also may verify the acceptability of devices that have been fabricated by craft workers or other technical personnel. In addition, technicians troubleshoot, repair, and perform preventive maintenance on test apparatus and peripheral equipment.

Some Instrumentation Technicians work as eld service representatives who install and maintain equipment and systems at the customer’s worksite.

In addition to providing preventive and corrective maintenance, their duties may involve training the customer’s employees and advising them of proper procedures to use to avoid equipment breakdowns.

Course Overview

Available in Hull and Grimsby

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. For the first 8 months, learners will undertake a multi-skilled engineering programme including Mechanical and Electrical engineering. The last 3 months will consist of undertaking specialised training in Electrical engineering.

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop
  • 1 day a week in a classroom-based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work-based assessments
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in the sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment to ensure apprentices can do the job they have been training for - Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Our applications are now open for our instrumentation apprenticeship programme for September 2022. Find out how you can apply here.

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