Mechanical engineering technician Mechanical maintenance technician
Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts.
1. Entry requirements
You could become an technician by doing an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. For this, you'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Previous experience in engineering, like welding, could help you get a job.
You could also take a college course in mechanical engineering to help you find a trainee position.
2. Skills required
- maths, science and IT skills
- the ability to read engineering drawings
- practical and technical skills
3. What you'll do
You could be:
- building engine and gear components, maintaining conveyor and packaging equipment, and servicing robotic machinery on production lines (in manufacturing)
- installing and maintaining industrial plant equipment, such as motors, valves and pumps (in power, water and processing companies)
- servicing lifts and escalators, and installing heating and air conditioning systems (in building services)
- repairing mechanical parts on rail engines and signalling equipment (in transport companies)
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- drawing up plans for new ideas, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
- investigating and testing ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems
- making new parts
- installing and testing instruments and machinery
- carrying out preventative maintenance
- identifying and repairing faults
- meeting performance and safety targets
Starter: £18,000 to £23,000
Experienced: £24,000 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, Monday to Friday. In a factory you're likely to work shifts and be on-call for out-of-hours problems.
You could work in an office doing CAD work or on a noisy factory production line, carrying out maintenance. You could also work outdoors, servicing equipment and machinery on site.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a supervisor or project manager, or specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.
You could also qualify as an engineer by completing a degree in mechanical engineering.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017