Industrial control electricians install, troubleshoot, and maintain industrial automated and electrical production systems. It involves electrical and automation installation, typically in industries such as electricity, water, oil and gas.
Automation is of increasing importance in the industrial control of production systems. It requires the ability to troubleshoot, both during installation and in working systems, either across industries or in a specialist area. Industrial control electricians need a wide range of skills, learning the installation of cables, instruments and control centres, circuit design and programming. Automation technology is developing rapidly, requiring a strong interest in keeping up with the very latest developments. Because the work environment may hold potential hazards, practitioners need to proactively promote best practice in health and safety and to rigorously adhere to health and safety rules and regulations.
Employment of industrial control electricians is likely to continue to grow in areas that require a high degree of technical ability and design sophistication. Optimizing and automation with the view to save energy and cut costs will increase the demand for specialists in this field.