Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences

What you will do:

You may:

  • 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’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • 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 (teamwork)
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist training courses

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • manufacturing engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • mathematics

In the UK, you could do a T Level in Science which will give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to become a metrologist.

You could do an intermediate metrology technician or a senior metrology technician higher apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships typically take 36 months to complete.

Other Routes
It’s possible to study a short course in measurement and calibration methods, if you’re already working in engineering, manufacturing or quality control.

You could also do a part-time foundation degree in metrology if you have the support of your employer.

Working Hours and Environment:

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

Your working environment may be noisy.

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

Career Path & Progression:

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.