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Measurement and control engineer

Measurement and control engineers design the systems that control machinery and equipment in industry.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in a branch of engineering, like:

  • computing
  • electrical or electronics
  • mechanical
  • production
  • systems and control 

Maths, physics or applied physics may also be acceptable to employers.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
 
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has more information on becoming a measurement and control engineer.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to analyse complicated problems
  • project management skills
  • the ability to prioritise your work
  • budget handling skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll design and setup the instruments and systems that manage production processes in a range of industries, like:

  • automatic sorting operations
  • light and heavy engineering
  • manufacturing
  • petrochemicals and biochemicals
  • power generation
  • transport operations 

You might also be in charge of the technicians who’ll install and maintain the machinery and controls.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • assessing the development and installation of new equipment
  • drawing up technical plans with computer-assisted engineering and design software
  • analysing data and using computer modelling to improve the efficiency of production processes
  • estimating the costs and timescales of installing new equipment
  • coordinating the work of technicians and craftspeople on projects
  • planning and managing inspection and maintenance schedules
  • attending meetings, writing reports and giving presentations to managers and clients

4. Salary

Starter: £23,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours per week, often on a shift or rota system.

You may be required to work extra hours to meet deadlines, or to deal with breakdowns and faults.

Your time will be split between the office and the production areas of the plant or factory.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in a specific area, like design, testing, manufacture or technical sales and marketing.

You could also move into project management, research and development, or consultancy.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016