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Calibration Technologist/Technician

What They Do

About This Career

Executes or adapts 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. Determines measurement standard suitability for calibrating measurement devices. May perform preventive maintenance on equipment. May perform corrective actions to address identified calibration problems.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Analyzes test data to identify defects or determine calibration requirements.
  • Attends conferences, workshops, or other training sessions to learn about new tools or methods.
  • Calibrates devices by comparing measurements of pressure, temperature, humidity, or other environmental conditions to known standards.
  • Conducts calibration tests to determine performance or reliability of mechanical, structural, or electromechanical equipment.
  • Develops new calibration methods or techniques based on measurement science, analyses, or calibration requirements.
  • Disassembles and reassembles equipment for inspection.
  • Draws plans for developing jigs, fixtures, instruments, or other devices.
  • Maintains or repairs measurement devices or equipment used for calibration testing.
  • Operates metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.
  • Orders replacement parts for malfunctioning equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel


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