Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.Job Category:
What you will do:
- 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
- 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)
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
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.
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.