As an Engineering Technician, you will be helping to design, make and repair all different types of machinery.
Engineering Technicians perform many different jobs, such as:
- helping to design, make and repair all types of machinery
- using tools and fitting skills
- testing of equipment
- carrying out risk assessments
- purchasing raw materials and parts
As an Engineering Technician you will support the work of senior Engineers across a wide range of activities. For example, helping to design and develop cars that are more economical; maintaining the systems used on offshore oil and gas platforms; testing jet engines or developing agricultural equipment.
You could work in one of many differerent industries, including:
- building services
- oil & gas
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become an Engineering Technician, you'll need:
- good technical skills
- the ability to use technical drawings and plans
- to keep up to date with advances in technology
- to be good with your hands, using tools etc
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
- Starting: £26,000 - £29,000
- With experience: £31,500 - £38,500
- Senior Engineering Technicians earn £41,500 - £45,500
Hours of work
You will usually work 39-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Shift work, evening, night and weekend work may be required.
Where could I work?
Employers are small and large manufacturing industries throughout the UK.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch).
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Entry Routes and Training
You can get straight into this career as a school leaver with GCSEs. You will train on-the-job, and might be able to work towards gaining a work-based qualification.
These can form part of an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship.
You will learn the skills and get the experience you need to become a skilled Engineering Technician.
As a Engineering Technician, you might be able to progress to a specialist posts or to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.
Previous experience gained in industrial production work would be really useful for this career.
To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.
It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.
Those with skills gained in industrial production work have an advantage.
Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies
Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT
Tel: 0845 6439001
Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP
Tel: 01923 260000
Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL
Tel: 0141 2213181
Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)
Northern Ireland Enquiries
Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH
Tel: 028 9182 2377
Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 028 4844