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Mechanical engineering technician

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

Potential salary

£18,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024

+0.52%

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

  • 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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • drawing up plans for new ideas, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • investigating and testing ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems
  • making new parts
  • installing and testing instruments and machinery
  • carrying out preventative maintenance
  • identifying and repairing faults
  • meeting performance and safety targets

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a factory or in an office.

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

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.

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

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