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Engineering construction technician

Alternative titles for this job include

Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become an engineering construction technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering before looking for a job as a trainee technician.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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College

You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and may help you to find a trainee position with a company. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Construction Maintenance
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

If you want to specialise in design work, you could take a course in computer aided design.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:.

  • Level 2 Engineering Operative
  • Level 3 Engineering Technician
  • Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an engineering craftworker and become a technician through on-the-job training.

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Registration

Further information

You can find more details about technician careers from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • work in planning and design using CAD software to draw up plans and show the measurements and layout of projects
  • work in fabrication and assembly to cut and weld pipework, put up the steel columns and beams of a building's framework
  • work in fitting and maintenance to install and service equipment such as conveyor lines, in factories and industrial sites
  • work in inspection and testing to check for faults in machinery and test newly installed systems

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to site management jobs or specialise in particular areas, like engineering design, testing or procurement.

You might also take further training to qualify as an engineer.

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

HNC Civil Engineering

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 25 January 2021
  • Location: Maidstone

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  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Wakefield

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