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Engineering technicians mainly work in electronics, mechanics and design. Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts. Electronics engineering technicians design, build and maintain electronic systems and components.
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- Design printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams using CAD software
- Research and develop new products
- Test prototypes and analyse results
- Set up maintenance schedules for industrial and commercial equipment
- Find and fix equipment faults
- Draw up plans for new ideas, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
- Investigate and test ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems
- Make new parts
- Install and test instruments and machinery
- Carry out preventative maintenance
- Identify and repair faults
Engineering technicians can work in construction, engineering and manufacturing organisations
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or in an office.
Your working environment may be noisy.
41 to 43 a week and you could work evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts.
Salary: £18,000 – £35,000 per year.
Predicted trends +1.0% increase Leading to: 1,003 new jobs by 2027.
You would normally require at least 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) as well as A levels or a Level 3 as a minimum for this career If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the Dfe exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.