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Electrical Engineering-Instrumentation Technician

Instrumentation technician play an important role in our society. They ensure the proper functioning of automated manufacturing equipment and use variety of instruments and devices to record and report data. They work mainly in the manufacturing industries. They attract a competitive salary and their jobs are in demand.


The following are the common duties that are done by electronical technicians:

  • Instrumentation technicians test manufacturing and monitoring devices
  • They calibrate, install, repair, and inspect manufacturing equipment and monitoring devices.
  • They work with scientific and analytic computer software, calculators, voltage and current meters, and electronic probes to diagnose faults in circuitry.

Course requirements


N1 Engineering Studies or 11 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

NQF Level Status


Subjects/Course Modules

  • Mathematics N2
  • Engineering Science N2
  • Industrial Electronics N2
  • Instrument Trade Theory N2

Assessment and Duration

 National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by Umalusi. The course takes from 3-6 months or 1-2 trimesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are three trimesters in a year:

  1. Trimester 1: January to April 
  2. Trimester 2: May to August
  3. Trimester 3 September to December

Student must complete 2 internal assessments to contribute towards your term mark (ICASS mark) and must achieve 40% and above to qualify for final exam sitting

Achievement and Award

The following certificate is awarded by Umalusi upon successful completion of each level:

  • Certificate of Achievement N2: Engineering Studies

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