Mechanical Engineering TechnicianJob Description:
Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial machines and parts.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a mechanical engineering technician, you could:
- use computer aided design (CAD) software to draw parts
- test ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems
- install and test instruments and machinery
- identify and repair faults
meet performance and safety targets
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- design skills and knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
The specific GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) subjects required to become a Mechanical Engineering Technician can vary depending on the educational institution or program you plan to pursue. However, I can provide you with a general guideline of the subjects that are commonly recommended or required:
- Mathematics: Mathematics is a fundamental subject for engineering and is typically a requirement for admission to most Mechanical Engineering
- Technician programs. A strong foundation in mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and calculus, is important for understanding engineering principles and performing calculations.
- Physics: Physics is another essential subject for mechanical engineering. It helps you understand the fundamental principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, and other key concepts in engineering.
- Chemistry: While not always a strict requirement, some programs may recommend or require a basic understanding of chemistry, especially if it is related to materials science or specific areas of mechanical engineering.
- English Language: Good communication skills are important in any engineering field, including mechanical engineering. Strong English language skills are valuable for technical writing and verbal communication.
- Design and Technology: Some programs may appreciate coursework or experience in design and technology, as it can provide practical skills and knowledge related to engineering design and processes.
- Additional Sciences: Depending on the program, you may benefit from taking additional science subjects such as biology or further physics to broaden your scientific knowledge.
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Proficiency in using computers and software is increasingly important in engineering. Familiarity with ICT can be valuable for tasks like computer-aided design (CAD) and data analysis.
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You can do a degree or higher national diploma in mechanical engineering.
You can take a college course which would teach you some of the skills needed to become a mechanical engineering technician. Relevant courses include:
- Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
- Engineering Technology
- Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
- Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
- Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
You can become a mechanical engineering technician by taking an advanced apprenticeship for maintenance and operations engineers or for engineering technicians.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typical working hours consist of 37-42 hours of work each week. You could work on weekends or in the evenings. You could work on a shift based system.
You could work in a factory or in an office.
Your working environment may be noisy and outdoors some of the time.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could manage a team or a project.
You could specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.
You could also qualify as an engineer by completing a degree in mechanical engineering.