A Mechanical Technician will performs routine or unplanned maintenance on equipment, both in the sea, offshore and onshore. They will carry out maintenance and testing activities, find faults on plant, systems and equipment and repair them, help with risk assessments, interpret technical drawings and prepare reports.
You could become an technician by doing an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. For this, you'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Previous experience in engineering, like welding, could help you get a job.
You could also take a college course in mechanical engineering to help you find a trainee position.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, SEMTA and Tomorrow's Engineers have more careers advice.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could become a supervisor or project manager, or specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.
You could also qualify as an engineer by completing a degree in mechanical engineering.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Engineering operative
- Electrical engineering technician
- Engineering construction craftworker
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- Ability to interpret technical drawings
- Good communication skills
- Knowledge of health and safety procedures
- A practical knowledge of repair of plant, systems and equipment
£18,000 to £40,000