- Use precise measurements to make sure that processes and products meet high standards
- You will need logic and reasoning, and be thorough and pay attention to detail
- Specialise in a particular area of measurement, or work in science and research
As a Metrologist, you'll provide a means of accountability and certainty.
- Use handheld and computerised measuring equipment
- Check the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
- Compare product standards to technical drawings
- Work closely with technicians to fix production problems
- Calibrate measuring tools in line with recognised standards
- Record test results for production planning and quality control
- Keep up to date with measurement methods, technology and guidelines
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or visit sites. Your working environment may be noisy and you may need to wear safety clothing.
There are several routes into this role. You could start by doing a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or mathematics. To start one of these courses you'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, including maths and a science, or an equivalent like an access qualification. You could also do a role-specific part-time foundation degree in metrology with Coventry University while you work.
Alternatively, you could complete a metrology technician advanced apprenticeship. You can then move on to a senior metrology technician higher apprenticeship.
It's possible to study a short course in measurement and calibration methods if you're already working in engineering, manufacturing or quality control.
It may be helpful to join the Institute of Measurement and Control for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
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.