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Engineering construction technician Green Job

Engineering construction technicians support engineers to design, test, install, maintain, repair and decommission industrial facilities.

Annual Salary

£19,000 to £36,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; away from home

Future employment

There will be 0.5% more Engineering construction technician jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

You could work in sectors like energy, food and drink manufacture, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

You could:

  • use CAD software to draw up plans and designs for projects
  • cut, weld and assemble metal plate, pipework and beams for buildings
  • install and service equipment, like conveyor lines in factories and industrial sites
  • inspect and test systems and equipment to find faults
  • keep work records up to date
  • supervise a team of craftspeople

Working environment

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

You could work on a construction site, in a factory or in an office.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering before looking for a job as a technician.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
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The following courses may give you some of the skills and knowledge to apply for technician apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Construction Maintenance
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

If you want to specialise in design work, you could take a course in computer aided design.

You can find out more about specialist courses that may be useful in the engineering construction industry from the ECITB.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
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The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 3 Engineering Technician
  • Level 3 Fall Protection Technician
  • Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You could start as an engineering craftworker and become a technician through on-the-job training.

More information

Further information

You can find more details about technician careers from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

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With experience, you could move into site safety, management jobs or specialise in particular areas, like engineering design, testing or procurement.

You might also take further training to qualify as a civil or building services engineer.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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