- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- maths knowledge
- the ability to work on your own
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- analytical thinking skills
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- programming the CNC machine tool with data taken from technical drawings
- working out the most efficient order to carry out machining tasks
- choosing the right tools for each stage
- setting the cutting speeds and tolerance levels
- operating the machine
- checking the work meets quality and technical standards
- maintaining equipment
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a factory.
Your working environment may be noisy.
With experience and further training, you could move into a supervisory role.
You could also move into quality inspection or become an engineering technician.
You can find out more about engineering careers from Tomorrow's Engineers.