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
You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in engineering before applying for a job as a trainee technician.
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
You could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for this 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
- T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
- T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
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
You could do an Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or a Building Services Maintenance Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
You could also do an apprenticeship in a specific industry.
You could do a level 2 intermediate or level 3 advanced engineering apprenticeship in an industry like:
- compressed air and vacuum manufacturing
- lifting equipment
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
You could start as an engineering craftworker and train on the job to become an engineering maintenance technician.
You can get more advice about engineering careers through Tomorrow's Engineers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.