How to become a materials technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a college course to learn some of the skills you'll need for this job. Courses include:
- Level 3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills
- Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
- Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
You may need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- non-destructive testing intermediate or advanced apprenticeship
- composites technician advanced apprenticeship
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 a lab assistant or trainee technician in a testing facility and complete training while you work to qualify.
Employers will expect you to have 4 or 5 GCSEs, including maths, English and a science, preferably physics or chemistry. Some may want you to have A levels, or equivalent qualifications like applied science.
You can find out more about careers in materials engineering from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.