Measurement and control technician
Measurement and control technicians install, maintain and monitor production systems used in manufacturing and engineering.
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.
2. Skills required
- 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
- 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.
Starter: £19,000 to £22,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’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 progressionWith 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