Instrumentation Apprenticeship

CalX Instrumentation Services recruits candidates for its Instrumentation Apprenticeship programme each year.

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Job Description

CalX Instrumentation & Services Ltd based in Kells Co. Meath is accepting applications for our Instrumentation Apprenticeship Programme.


When you join CalX as an Instrumentation Apprentice you’ll be joining a growing company with a great supportive culture where you have the opportunity to earn while you learn a new career with lots of opportunities in Ireland and abroad. 


What is Instrumentation?

Instrumentation involves the maintenance and repair of all instruments used in the measurement and control of process variables (e.g. in the chemical industry to measure and control the temperature, pressure and flow, as appropriate, in various points of the process). Technicians carry out the installation, maintenance and calibration of measuring instruments, sensors, transmitting and controlling devices and systems associated with the measurement, control and protection of physical quantities found across many industries. The measurement and control of these quantities enables products to be produced to specification, taking account of the safety of personnel, plant and equipment and the protection of the environment.

What does a CalX Instrumentation Technician do?

CalX Instrumentation Technicians work across Chemical, Food Processing, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Petro-Chemical, Local Authority (Water and Sanitation) sectors and with the contractors and manufacturers allied to these industries. Our technicians work on systems involving pneumatic, electrical, electro-mechanical, electronic, micro-processor and computer-based equipment with an increasing emphasis on computer/micro-processor based equipment. As such our technicians have a broad skill range as well as a high level of technical knowledge in the areas of physics, chemistry, computers and engineering.

The CalX Instrumentation Apprenticeship Programme involves on-the-job training and college placements. The on-the-job training will include working on a number of sites across Ireland covering multiple industries.

The apprenticeship programme involves 7 phases over 4 years. Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 involve on-the-job placements while Phases 2, 4 and 6 involve training placements in Cork and Carlow. At the successful end of your apprenticeship, you will be awarded a National Craft Certificate in Instrumentation which is a Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

What’s in it for you?

  • You will become part of an award-winning company.
  • Earn while you learn.
  • Achieve a level 6 Degree after 4 years.
  • High standard of training and learning.
  • Receive a company vehicle as you gain experience.
  • Monthly subsistence.
  • Work life balance.
  • Income protection benefit.
  • 21 Days Annual Leave.
  • Annual Performance Appraisal.


What will you learn?

  • Learn and develop new practical technical skills, knowledge and competence.
  • Work with and learn from experienced technicians.
  • Work with electricity and electronics.
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements.
  • Use mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems.
  • Be responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment.
  • Work on machines/processes.
  • Understand technical drawings and diagrams.
  • Accuracy skills with regard to attention to detail.
  • Accuracy skills with regard to numbers in counting, measuring and arithmetic.
  • Recording of all calibrations or reports.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Conducting practical tasks.
  • Be physically active.
  • Work with a variety of specialised hand tools, power tools and equipment.


To achieve a successful apprenticeship, you must:

  • Take responsibility for your own learning, including the allocation of study time.
  • Pass all your phase exams (theory, practical skills demonstration).
  • Spend phased placements in college throughout the programme.

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Read about how James, a CalX Apprentice Calibration Technician, started his career in Instrumentation and what it’s like to work at CalX.

Got questions about Instrumentation Apprenticeship? Visit our Instrumentation Careers Entry Routes page.

For more information about working at CalX visit our company culture section or find us on social media.

If you have any questions about the CalX Instrumentation Apprenticeship check out our FAQs page for answers to common questions or get in touch.