Industrial Control covers electrical installation, but is now leaning more and more towards automation installation. There are a wide range of required technical skills, including installation of conduits, cables, instruments, devices, and control centres. The practitioner will also need to design circuits and program programmable logic controllers, make parameters for bus systems, and configure human machine interfaces.

A key skill of the practitioner is troubleshooting both during installation and with an existing installation.

Keenly aware of business reputation and financial consequences of delays in production as a result of reliability issues on the production line, they will need to work in a logical manner, meet time constraints, and provide expert advice and guidance — as well as innovative and cost effective solutions to production requirements, operations and problems. Taking into consideration that the work environment may hold potential hazards, the practitioner needs to proactively promote best practice in health and safety, and to rigorously adhere to health and safety rules and regulations.