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17-3028.00 - Calibration Technologists and Technicians

Execute or adapt procedures and techniques for calibrating measurement devices, by applying knowledge of measurement science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and electronics, sometimes under the direction of engineering staff. Determine measurement standard suitability for calibrating measurement devices. May perform preventive maintenance on equipment. May perform corrective actions to address identified calibration problems.

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Tasks

  • Analyze test data to identify defects or determine calibration requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, or other training sessions to learn about new tools or methods. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate devices by comparing measurements of pressure, temperature, humidity, or other environmental conditions to known standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct calibration tests to determine performance or reliability of mechanical, structural, or electromechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop new calibration methods or techniques based on measurement science, analyses, or calibration requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble and reassemble equipment for inspection. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draw plans for developing jigs, fixtures, instruments, or other devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain or repair measurement devices or equipment used for calibration testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order replacement parts for malfunctioning equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan sequences of calibration tests according to equipment specifications and scientific principles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify part dimensions or clearances using precision measuring instruments to ensure conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Visually inspect equipment to detect surface defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write and submit reports about the results of calibration tests. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Minitab Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Hot technology ; Bentley MicroStation Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Apple macOS Hot technology ; Linux Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate characteristics of products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate products or components using machine tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect condition or functioning of facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain test equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair precision devices or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update technical knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write reports or evaluations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data for Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data for Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

Median wages (2020) $30.86 hourly, $64,190 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 91,600 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Slower than average (1% to 2%) Slower than average (1% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 7,900
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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