Education Technician

Job Description:

Education technicians support teachers and lecturers by preparing equipment and materials, and helping in practical lessons.

Job Category:

What you will do:

You could work in schools, colleges or universities.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • delivering, setting up and checking equipment
  • making sure rooms and resources meet health and safety rules
  • supporting teachers and students during lessons
  • putting away equipment after lessons
  • managing equipment, supplies and budgets
  • repairing, maintaining and modifying equipment and teaching aids


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creativity)
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Entry Requirements:

Requirements may vary from country to country. In the UK, however, you’ll usually need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualifications. You may also need A levels or a degree.

Experience of working with students and knowledge of scientific or art and design techniques could help you get a job.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to:

  • pass enhanced background checks

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work around 37.5 hours a week. Start and finish times can vary and evening or weekend work may be required. Many jobs are term-time only.

You’ll spend most of your time in teaching rooms, studios or laboratories. The job will usually involve carrying equipment between different rooms. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager. You could also train as a teacher.