Engineering and maintenance

  • Aerospace engineer

    Aeronautical engineer

    Aerospace engineers design, test, build and maintain aeroplanes, spacecraft and satellites.

  • Aerospace engineering technician

    Aircraft maintenance technician

    Aerospace engineering technicians build, test and maintain commercial and military aircraft, and satellites.

  • Agricultural contractor

    Agricultural contractors provide specialised, seasonal or temporary services to farmers.

  • Agricultural engineer

    Land-based engineer

    Agricultural engineers build, service and repair agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment.

  • Agricultural engineering technician

    Agricultural service engineer, Land-based engineering technician

    Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.

  • Air accident investigator

    Air accident engineering inspector, air accident operations inspector, Inspector of air accidents

    Air accident investigators search for the causes of accidents and serious incidents, involving civilian aircraft.

  • Audio visual technician

    AV technician

    Audio visual technicians install and run screens, sound and lighting equipment at events and performances.

  • Auto electrician

    Auto electricians fit, service and repair the electrical systems in motor vehicles.

  • Automotive engineer

    Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build cars and motorbikes.

  • Boat builder

    Marine craftsperson, shipwright

    Boat builders build, repair and refit marine craft from small sailing boats to large sea-going vessels.

  • Building control officer

    Building control surveyor

    Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

  • Caretaker


    Caretakers look after buildings like schools, community centres and flats, keeping them secure, clean and well-maintained.

  • Cellar technician

    Drinks dispense technician, cellar service engineer, beer quality technician

    Cellar technicians install and maintain drinks systems in places like pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants.

  • Chemical engineer

    Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

  • Chimney sweep

    Chimney sweeps clean the chimneys and flues of open fires and other coal, gas, oil and wood-fired heating systems.

  • Civil engineer

    Engineering consultant

    Civil engineers design and manage construction projects such as buildings, bridges, transport links and sports stadiums.

  • Civil engineering technician

    Civil infrastructure technician, civil and structural technician

    Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects.

  • Clinical engineer

    Biomedical engineer, bio-engineer, clinical technologist

    Clinical engineers design, develop and maintain medical equipment used to diagnose illness and treat patients.

  • CNC machinist

    CNC operator

    Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists make precision parts for the engineering and manufacturing industries.

  • Construction plant mechanic

    Mobile plant fitter

    Construction plant mechanics service and repair heavy plant machinery like diggers, dumper trucks and cranes.

  • Critical care technologist

    Critical care scientist

    Critical care technologists monitor life support and other equipment used with critically ill patients.

  • Cycle mechanic

    Bike mechanic, bicycle technician

    Cycle mechanics build, repair and service all kinds of bikes.

  • Diver

    Commercial diver

    Divers work underwater at sea, or in rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs.

  • Domestic appliance service engineer

    White goods engineer, field service engineer

    Domestic appliance service engineers install and repair household items like washing machines, TVs and fridges.

  • Electricity distribution worker

    Transmission worker, electrical craftsperson

    Electricity distribution workers maintain and repair the power lines that connect homes and businesses to the national grid.

  • Electricity generation worker

    Power station worker

    Electricity generation workers operate and maintain equipment in power stations.

  • Electronics engineer

    Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

  • Electronics engineering technician

    Electronics maintenance technician, electronics technician

    Electronics engineering technicians design, build and maintain electronic systems and components.

  • Energy engineer

    Renewable energy engineer

    Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.

  • Engineering construction craftworker

    Engineering construction craftworkers fit and repair machinery and equipment in buildings and structures from oil rigs to sports stadiums.

  • Engineering construction technician

    Engineering construction technicians support engineers to design, test, install, maintain, repair and decommission industrial facilities.

  • Engineering craft machinist

    Engineering craft machinists make parts for the manufacturing and engineering industries using equipment like cutters and grinders.

  • Engineering operative

    Engineering operatives make, service and repair machinery and tools across lots of different industries.

  • Ergonomist

    Human factors specialist

    Ergonomists research ways to design products, workplaces or systems to suit the people who need to use them.

  • Farrier

    Farriers make and fit horseshoes and care for horses' hooves.

  • Fire safety engineer

    Fire engineer

    Fire safety engineers ensure that buildings are designed to keep people, property and the environment safe from the dangers of fire.

  • Food factory worker

    Food process operative, food processing worker

    Food factory workers make frozen, tinned, baked and dried products.

  • Forklift truck engineer

    Forklift service engineer

    Forklift truck engineers service and repair lift trucks.

  • Foundry mould maker

    Moulder, core maker, foundry castings maker

    Foundry moulders make moulds to shape molten metal into castings used to make parts for industry.

  • Foundry process operator

    Foundry worker

    Foundry process operators make metal castings and parts used in industry.

  • Furniture maker

    Cabinet maker, craft woodworker

    Furniture makers make and restore items like chairs, tables, beds and display cabinets.

  • Garage manager

    Service centre manager, vehicle workshop manager, workshop controller

    Garage managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a garage workshop.

  • Gas mains layer

    Gas networks operative

    Gas mains layers install and maintain pipelines that supply homes and businesses with gas.

  • Gas service technician

    Gas installation engineer, gas maintenance engineer

    Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems.

  • Glazier

    Glass installer, fenestration installer

    Glaziers install and repair windows, doors and glass partitions in housing, hotels, offices, restaurants and shops.

  • Heat pump engineer

    Heat pump installer, heat pump technician, low carbon heating technician

    Heat pump engineers install and service zero carbon central heating and hot water systems in buildings.

  • Heating and ventilation engineer

    HVAC engineer

    Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning systems in buildings like offices, schools and hospitals.

  • Helicopter engineer

    Helicopter technician, aviation engineer, aircraft engineer

    Helicopter engineers service and repair helicopters.

  • Hydrologist

    Water engineer, flood engineer, hydrology engineer

    Hydrologists study rainfall, rivers and groundwater systems to help develop sustainable ways of managing water.

  • Lift engineer

    Lift service technician, escalator engineer

    Lift engineers install, service and repair lifts, escalators and moving walkways.

  • Lighting technician


    Lighting technicians set up and operate lighting for concerts, conferences and theatre, or in film and TV productions.

  • Locksmith

    Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.

  • Maintenance fitter

    Engineering maintenance fitter, maintenance engineer

    Maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.

  • Manufacturing systems engineer

    Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing machinery and production lines.

  • Marine engineering technician

    Shipbuilding technician

    Marine engineering technicians design, build, service and repair boats and ships.

  • Materials engineer

    Materials scientist

    Materials engineers study how materials behave under different conditions and discover ways to improve their performance or put them to new uses.

  • Materials technician

    Materials technicians test how materials behave under different conditions to help develop new products and improve existing ones.

  • Mechanical engineering technician

    Mechanical maintenance technician

    Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial machines and parts.

  • Merchant Navy engineering officer

    Merchant Navy engineering officers maintain the mechanical and electrical machinery and instruments on board a ship.

  • Metrologist

    Metrology technician, measurement and control engineer

    Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.

  • Model maker

    Model makers create 3D models for many uses, from prototypes and film sets, to construction, engineering and architecture projects.

  • Motor vehicle breakdown engineer

    Roadside recovery technician, roadside assistance technician

    Motor vehicle breakdown engineers help people whose vehicles have broken down.

  • Motor vehicle fitter

    Fast fit technician

    Motor vehicle fitters repair and replace worn or damaged tyres, exhausts, batteries and parts.

  • Motorcycle mechanic

    Motorcycle technician, motorbike mechanic

    Motorcycle mechanics service and repair motorbikes, scooters and quad bikes.

  • Motorsport engineer

    Motorsport engineers design, test and build racing cars, rally cars and motorcycles.

  • Naval architect

    Naval architects design, construct, refit and repair marine vessels and offshore structures.

  • Nuclear technician

    Nuclear operating technician, radiation protection technician

    Nuclear technicians are involved in the safety and day-to-day running of nuclear power stations.

  • Oil and gas operations manager

    Oil and gas production manager, oil and gas exploration manager

    Oil and gas operations managers plan and co-ordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

  • Patent attorney

    Patent attorneys advise clients on how to apply for patents for new inventions, designs or processes.

  • Physicist

    Physicists study the behaviour of matter and energy and construct theories to explain how everything fits together.

  • Pipe fitter


    Pipe fitters install industrial pipework, valves and sprinklers in factories, commercial premises and large buildings like power stations.

  • Quarry engineer

    Mining engineer

    Quarry engineers explore new sites, oversee extraction operations and manage sites at the end of their commercial life.

  • Quarry worker

    Quarry operative, opencast mine worker, opencast miner

    Quarry workers dig out and process rock, slate, gravel and sand from quarries or mines.

  • Rail track maintenance worker

    Railway worker, track operative

    Rail track maintenance workers inspect and repair railway tracks, bridges, tunnels and viaducts.

  • Recycling operative

    Waste resources recycling operative, recycling centre operative

    Recycling operatives collect, sort and recycle materials like glass, paper and plastics from homes and businesses.

  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning installer

    Air-con engineer, HVAC engineer

    Refrigeration and air-conditioning installers work on air quality and cooling systems in buildings, storage and transport.

  • Road worker

    Road construction operative, highways operative

    Road workers build, repair and resurface roads, dual carriageways and motorways.

  • Robotics engineer

    Automation engineer

    Robotics engineers design and build machines to do automated jobs in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and medicine.

  • Rolling stock engineering technician

    Rail engineering technician

    Rolling stock technicians service, maintain and repair train engines, carriages and other rail vehicles.

  • Satellite engineer

    Satellite systems technician

    Satellite engineers install and repair telecoms equipment and satellite systems.

  • Security systems installer

    Alarm fitter, CCTV installer

    Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders or manage access to buildings.

  • Shoe repairer

    Shoe repairers fix footwear and other items like bags and belts.

  • Signalling technician

    Signalling technicians identify problems and repair, test and maintain the equipment that moves trains safely.

  • Smart meter installer

    Dual fuel smart meter installer

    Smart meter installers fit gas and electricity meters in customers' homes and businesses.

  • Steel erector

    Steel erectors assemble beams and girders that support the structure of buildings, stadiums, bridges and tunnels.

  • Steel fixer

    Steel fixers install and tie together steel bars and mesh that are used to strengthen concrete on construction projects.

  • Sterile services technician

    Decontamination technician

    Sterile services technicians clean and decontaminate equipment used in hospital operating theatres, clinics and wards.

  • Telecoms engineer

    Telecoms technician, telecommunications field engineer

    Telecoms engineers install broadband, mobile and landline phone networks and work on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems.

  • Thermal insulation engineer

    Pipework lagger, thermal insulation installer

    Thermal insulation engineers install insulating materials around pipes, boilers and ductwork in offices, factories, schools and hospitals.

  • Toolmaker

    Toolmakers make the precision tools that are used in manufacturing to create products and parts.

  • TV or film sound technician

    Production sound mixer, sound recordist

    Sound technicians are responsible for recording the voices and background noise on TV and film shoots.

  • Upholsterer

    Upholsterers pad, cover and re-cover furniture with materials like leather, suede or cotton.

  • Vehicle body repairer

    Panel beater, motor vehicle body repairer

    Vehicle body repairers mend damaged vehicle parts and bodywork using metalworking and finishing techniques.

  • Vending machine operator

    Vending machine operative, vending operator

    Vending machine operators fill, maintain and collect money from machines that dispense products like drinks and snacks.

  • Watch or clock repairer

    Horologist, clock maker

    Watch and clock repairers fix, service and restore customers' timepieces and those held in collections.

  • Water network operative

    Leakage operative, distribution technician, network service technician

    Water network operatives lay and maintain the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply water to homes and businesses.

  • Water treatment worker

    Water quality technician, water treatment operator

    Water treatment workers treat and process clean water and waste water.

  • Wind turbine technician

    Renewable energy technician

    Wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind farm turbines on land and at sea.

  • Window fitter

    Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.

  • Windscreen fitter

    Windscreen repairer, vehicle glazing technician

    Windscreen fitters repair and replace damaged glass on cars, vans, buses and lorries.