Calibration Technologists and Technicians

Calibration Technologists, technicians, and engineers 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. They determine measurement standard suitability for calibrating measurement devices and may perform preventive maintenance on equipment or corrective actions to address identified calibration problems.

To succeed in this profession, individuals need to have logical-thinking, mechanical, mathematical, and problem-solving skills along with being good at observation and communications.

As part of their job, they analyze test data to identify defects or determine calibration requirements. They calibrate devices by comparing measurements of pressure, temperature, humidity, or other environmental conditions to known standards. They also conduct calibration tests to determine the performance or reliability of mechanical, structural, or electromechanical equipment. They also develop new calibration methods or techniques based on measurement science, analyses, or calibration requirements.

Calibration engineers perform additional tasks, including developing and operating calibration software, maintaining data, performing inspections on equipment, and training technicians.

People starting in this career typically have an associate’s degree. For a calibration engineer, most companies will require a bachelor’s degree but an associate’s degree might be all that is required for some industries.

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