DEIIM614 : Calibration, Installation and Maintenance of Instruments

Nominal duration: 24 hours total time commitment

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers the basics of electrical measurements, instrument performance and calibration principles with rules for calibrating transmitters, typical documentation requirements for instruments, instrument data sheets, P&IDs, and wiring diagrams, integration of the entire system, as well as testing and commissioning procedures for instruments.


The purpose of this module is for participants to gain an understanding of the broad principles applicable to supervision of installation, calibration, commissioning and maintenance of electronic instrumentation.

MODIFICATION HISTORY Original module approved in 2010 (52368WA); April 2014 (52684WA).  This version is Version 3.0


Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Process Control Basics DEIPCB613

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A




Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

Assessment Conditions:

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of instrument maintenance and testing
  2. Apply the basic principles of instrument calibration using simulation techniques
  3. Summarise applications of AC - DC converters

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning.


Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.

1. Explain the fundamental principles of instrument maintenance and testing

1.1.  Outline fundamental concepts related to instrument maintenance

1.2.  Implement procedures for electrical measurements

1.3.  Interpret key attributes of instrument performance

1.4.  Outline typical instrument documentation and P&IDs

2. Apply the basic principles of instrument calibration and simulation techniques

2.1.  Outline fundamental principles for certification, marking and approval of instrumentation

2.2.  Identify applications for IEC 17025

2.3.  Describe, using examples, procedures involved in the calibration of instruments

2.4.  Apply procedures involved in transducer and transmitter simulation scenarios

2.5.  Outline the procedures involved in the calibration of fieldbus and digital transmitters

3. Summarise applications of AC to DC converters

3.1.  Outline principles of operation of AC - DC converters

3.2.  Identify and explain applications for AC - DC converters

Delivery Mode

Online and face-to-face

Specialised Resources



Software/Hardware Used


  • SmartDraw


  • Remote Lab