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

Potential salary

£19,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • 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
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • using handheld and computerised measuring equipment
  • checking the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
  • comparing product standards to technical drawings
  • working closely with technicians to fix production problems
  • calibrating measuring tools in line with recognised standards
  • recording test results for production planning and quality control
  • keeping up to date with measurement methods, technology and guidelines

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

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

Your working environment may be noisy.

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.

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

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