Calibration Technologists and Technicians
17-3028.00

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

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1-2 years of preparation (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Median wage data for Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians.
Employment data for Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
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Median wages (2021)
$28.99 hourly, $60,290 annual
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Employment (2020)
94,700 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030)
Slower than average (1% to 5%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030)
9,300
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site . “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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