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Engineering technicians

£19,240 Average salary at age 20
£39,520 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

Main Tasks

  • Plans and prepares work and test schedules based on specifications and drawings;
  • Sets up equipment, undertakes tests, takes readings, performs calculations and records and interprets data;
  • Prepares estimates of materials, equipment and labour required for engineering projects;
  • Diagnoses and detects faults and implements procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment;
  • Inspects completed aircraft maintenance work to certify that it meets standards and the aircraft is ready for operation;
  • Visits and advises clients on the use and servicing of mechanical and chemical engineering products and services.


Entrants to training usually posses GCSEs/S grades. Vocational training consists either of full-time study for a BTEC/SQA award followed by two years on-the-job training, or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 or 4. An NVQ/SVQ in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance at Level 3 plus further professional qualifications are required to become a licensed aircraft engineer.

What Engineering technicians studied in higher education

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What Engineering technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(G1) Mathematics2
(W2) Design studies2
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering24
(F1) Chemistry2
(H4) Aerospace engineering19
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology3
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(V4) Archaeology1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(K2) Building3
(H1) General engineering6
(H2) Civil engineering6
(W4) Drama1
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering3
(F3) Physics2
(L1) Economics1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)1
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering6
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

66900 Workforce Size
0.73% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
10960 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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