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Metrologist

Alternative titles for this job include Metrology technician, measurement and control engineer

Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.

Average salary (a year)

£26,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become Metrologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • systems and manufacturing engineering
  • mechatronics and electronics engineering
  • physics
  • mathematics
  • instrumentation and control engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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College

You could take a college course, which could give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a metrology technician. 

Relevant courses include:

  • physics
  • maths
  • applied science
  • T Level in Science

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

  • 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 could apply to do a Metrology Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or Senior Metrology Technician Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships typically take 3 years to complete and are a mix of on-the-job training and classroom study.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • 4 or 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) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Career tips

Measurement science is an important part of every day life, as well as in scientific research. The Institute of Measurement and Control produces journals, videos and technical resources where you can learn more about the metrology profession.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Measurement and Control for professional development opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about metrology and how it's used from the Institute of Measurement and Control and the National Physical Laboratory.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • concentration skills
  • 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

As a metrologist, you could:

  • use handheld and computerised measuring instruments
  • check and calibrate measuring tools in line with recognised standards
  • troubleshoot problems and fix them
  • inspect the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
  • record test results for production planning and quality control
  • keep up to date with developments in measurement technologies

Working environment

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or visit sites.

Your working environment may be noisy.

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You can use your metrology skills to work in many different industries, from environment, energy and aerospace to transport, construction and healthcare.

With experience, you can move into a team management role or specialise in a particular area of measurement and control.

You could also apply for professional registration, with the Institute of Measurement and Control, for Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer status.

Registration offers industry recognition of your experience and expertise and can open up further opportunities for career development.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Metrology Apprentice

  • Wage: Competitive Annually
  • Location: Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey

Courses In England

HNC IN MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

  • Provider: HARTLEPOOL COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION
  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: HARTLEPOOL

Manufacturing Engineering Courses (TM)

  • Provider: TYNE COAST COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Wallsend

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