RigUp Roles: Electrical and Instrumentation Technicians
What is an electrical and instrumentation technician?
An electrical and instrumentation technician (E&I technician, I&E technician) is a contract professional who installs, maintains, tests, and repairs electrical and instrumentation equipment. An E&I technician minimizes risk and ensures the equipment and facility is safe and functioning for the sake of the company who is contracting them. In the oil and gas industry, this person may work in upstream, midstream, or downstream operations at refineries, plants, facilities and/or wells.
What are the responsibilities of an electrical and instrumentation technician?
An E&I technician in the oil and gas industry is responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, testing, repairing, and installing electrical and instrumentation equipment to ensure safety, code compliance, and effectiveness. This equipment may include but is not limited to: wiring, electric motors, generators, thermostats, camera systems, programmable controllers, sensors, control room equipment, flow devices, pressure devices, grounding hardware, export pipelines, and analytical and instrumentation equipment such as oscilloscopes, voltmeters, etc. These contractors perform everything from digital monitoring and programming to physical installation and electrical repair. Other responsibilities of an E&I technician include acquiring permits, writing and reviewing risk assessments, completing logs, reports, and records, developing job plans and procedures, and coordinating delivery of materials.
What is the required experience or career path for an electrical and instrumentation technician?
A few years of experience in instrumentation or electrical trades and working with instrumentation tools and electrical equipment is preferred in a prospective E&I technician. This job does not typically require an undergraduate or technical degree, but certifications, licenses, or apprenticeships in relevant fields are highly recommended. Many companies seek contractors with an electrical license or certifications such as electrical instrumentation.
Where does an electrical and instrumentation technician work?
An E&I technician works both in an office and on site. Office work consists of logging, developing plans, and programming and monitoring on a computer. On-site work is often hands-on and labor intensive. Some travel is required.
What is an electrical and instrumentation technician's schedule?
An E&I technician typically works full-time. However, some E&I technicians working on site will work a schedule of 14 days on/14 days off, 7 days on/7 days off, or whatever schedule the company is running.
Who does an electrical and instrumentation technician report to?
An E&I technician reports to the electrical and instrumentation superintendent if present.
Who reports to an electrical and instrumentation technician?
There is typically no direct report to an E&I technician.
How much does an electrical and instrumentation technician make?
An E&I technician makes on average $55,000 per year. The hourly wage for this position ranges from $25-$45 per hour depending on experience, certification, degrees, and specialties.