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Measurement and control technician

Measurement and control technicians install, maintain and monitor production systems used in manufacturing and engineering.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £19,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could take a college course in a relevant subject, like electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (SEMTA) and Tomorrow's Engineers have more information about engineering as a career.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to work methodically and precisely
  • problem-solving skills
  • communication skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll monitor production processes and equipment, like control panels which check that a production line is running smoothly, or equipment that makes sure medical instruments are working correctly. 

You’ll work in industries like:

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

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • monitoring systems and equipment using programmable logic controls (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCSs)
  • designing, testing, calibrating and operating new control systems
  • gathering and analysing feedback data for quality control
  • installing, maintaining and repairing measuring instruments

You’ll usually work in a team under the direction of an engineer, but you may have responsibility for supervising craftspeople and machine operators.

4. Salary

Starter: £19,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week on a shift system. You may also be on-call for any out-of-hours issues.

You’ll work indoors on a factory production line in a controlled environment, like an electronics manufacturing plant, or a hospital or research facility. 

You might also work outdoors, like on road or rail signalling systems.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory position. 

With further training, you could move into higher management or project engineer roles.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017