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Engineering construction technician

Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £32,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 38 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could take an engineering college course which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. This may also help you to find a trainee position with a company. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

If you want to specialise in design work, you could take a course in computer aided design (CAD).

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has more details about engineering technician careers.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • maths, science and IT skills
  • the ability to read technical plans
  • organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workloads
  • excellent problem-solving skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • planning and design – using CAD software to draw up plans, showing the measurements and layout of projects
  • fabrication and assembly – cutting and welding pipework, and putting up the steel columns and beams of a building's framework
  • fitting and maintenance – installing and servicing equipment in factories and industrial sites, like conveyor lines
  • inspection and testing – checking for faults in machinery, and testing newly installed systems

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £23,000

Highly Experienced: £32,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 38 hours per week, depending on the type of work and deadlines.

You’ll be based in an office or on site. You’ll travel between sites and on some contracts you might work away from home for many weeks at a time.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to site management jobs or specialise in particular areas, like engineering design, testing or procurement. 

With a degree you could qualify as an engineer.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016