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Following published specifications, calibration technicians test, adjust, and maintain chemical, dimensional, electrical, mechanical, and optical equipment. They troubleshoot equipment failures and repair components. Calibration technicians also compile calibration reports and issue calibration certificates.
|Education||Certificate and experience in the field required, related degree may supplant experience|
|Job Skills||Meticulous, familiar with industry standards, computer skills, measurement sciences|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$45,152|
Calibration technicians typically hold a certificate or diploma from a technical school. After gaining five years of experience in the field, they are eligible to apply for certification as a Certified Calibration Technician (CCT). Some calibration technicians pursue an associate's degree in metrology or a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field, which may be substituted for experience when fulfilling CCT requirements. Courses in a calibration technician program may include measurement technology, metrology electronics, geometry, statistical quality control, and applied physical science.
Calibration technicians must be meticulous and accurate to conduct precise calculations. They must be familiar with industry calibration standards and able to teach others to use equipment properly. Calibration technicians also should have basic computer and electronics skills and be knowledgeable in algebra, trigonometry, and measurement sciences.
Career and Economic Outlook
According to Salary.com, entry-level calibration technicians earned a median of $45,152 per year as of April 2016. The lowest-paid 10% earned about $35,794, and the highest-paid 10% earned around $57,684 at that time.
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