- Install, develop and repair the machinery and equipment that enables factories and manufacturing plants to work
- You'll need practical, technical and problem-solving skills
- Training and study further to qualify as an engineer, or progress into management roles
As a mechanical engineering technician, there are a variety of fields to specialise in, such as power, water and processing companies; building services; manufacturing; or transport.
- 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 could work in a factory or in an office, and at times your working environment may be noisy and outdoors. You might need protective clothing.
For this role, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools; knowledge of maths, engineering science and technology; to work well with your hands; thoroughness and attention to detail; the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure; and to work well with others.
You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in mechanical engineering to get this job.
You could take a college course related to engineering, such as the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This would teach you relevant skills needed.
You can also get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship in mechanical manufacturing engineering or engineering maintenance.
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.