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Metrologist

Alternative titles for this job include Metrology technician, metrology engineer

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

How to become a metrologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist training courses

University

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

  • manufacturing engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • mathematics

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 do a T level for Metrology Technicians. With experience and further qualifications you may be able to move on to be a metrologist.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 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 do an intermediate metrology technician or a senior metrology technician higher apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships typically take 36 months to complete.

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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Other Routes

It's possible to study a short course in measurement and calibration methods, if you're already working in engineering, manufacturing or quality control.

You could also do a part-time foundation degree in metrology if you have the support of your employer.

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Career tips

Measurement science is an important part of every day life. Visit the BIPM, the international organisation that governs weights and measures, to find out more.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Measurement and Control for training 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

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
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You may:

  • use handheld and computerised measuring equipment
  • check the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
  • compare product standards to technical drawings
  • work closely with technicians to fix production problems
  • calibrate measuring tools in line with recognised standards
  • record test results for production planning and quality control
  • keep up to date with measurement methods, technology and guidelines

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

Career path and progression

You can use your 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, specialise in a particular area of measurement, or work in science and research.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Apprenticeship Standard - Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician ST0841

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
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BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering

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  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Dartford

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