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Mechanical engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Mechanical maintenance technician

Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become a mechanical engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in mechanical engineering.

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 for the job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Entry requirements

You'll usually 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

You can get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship for maintenance and operations engineers, or for engineering technicians.

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

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Further information

You'll find more details about careers and training through the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • draw up plans for new ideas, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • investigate and test ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems
  • make new parts
  • install and test instruments and machinery
  • carry out preventative maintenance
  • identify and repair faults
  • meet performance and safety targets

Working environment

You could work in a factory or in an office.

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

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or project manager, or specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.

You could also qualify as an engineer by completing a degree in mechanical engineering.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Mechanical Apprentice Technician

  • Wage: £12,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Apprentice Steel Fabricator

  • Wage: £200.00 - £280.00 Weekly
  • Location: Dunstable

Courses In England

Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) - BEng (Hons) (part-time)

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Blackpool

Engineering Mechanical & Production - HNC (Special Circumstances)

  • Provider: PRESTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 January 2022
  • Location: PRESTON

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