- 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.