How to become an engineering maintenance 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 engineering before applying 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 can take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed in the job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Equipment Maintenance Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

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

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Apprenticeship

You could do an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship, which could be used to work in different industries.

You could also do an intermediate or advanced engineering apprenticeship for your particular industry, for example aviation, compressed air and vacuum manufacturing or rail.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

You can get more advice about engineering careers through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • organise routine servicing schedules
  • allocate work to a team of fitters
  • check and calibrate instruments to make sure they're accurate
  • fit new parts as required, or as part of a regular replacement rota
  • carry out quality inspections on jobs
  • respond immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • fix faults on site or arrange for replacement equipment to be installed
  • keep production managers informed of progress
  • organise teams or individuals to make sure that 24-hour cover is available
  • complete documentation like job and fault finding reports, stock control records and risk assessments

Working environment

You could work in a factory, on a construction site or at a manufacturing plant.

Your working environment may be noisy and outdoors some of the time.

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

Career path and progression

You could eventually qualify as an engineer in your particular field, like mechanical or electrical engineering.

You could also move into technical sales, maintenance team management and contract management.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprentice

  • Wage: £152.10 Weekly
  • Location: Bridgwater

Apprentice Electrician (Maintenance)

  • Wage: £13,080.60 Annually
  • Location: Buxton

Courses In England

Mechanical Engineering HND Year 1

  • Provider: EAST SURREY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 30 September 2020
  • Location: Redhill

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