Career outlook for measurement and control engineer

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Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

Design systems to control the machinery and equipment in factories so that production will be safe and effective.  You’d also coordinate the installation of your systems.

You could work in these industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Light and heavy engineering
  • Petrochemicals and biochemicals
  • Power generation
  • Automatic sorting operations
  • Transport operations

The control instruments you'd create would let the production workers see what is happening in a specific area of the manufacturing or operations process. This means that in the event of a problem, adjustments could be made straight away.

These sensors and instruments also collect data, which is used to plan production and quality control.

You would:

  • Check the development and installation of new equipment
  • Draw technical plans with computer-assisted engineering and design software
  • Analyse data and use computer modelling to improve the efficiency of production processes
  • Estimate the costs and timescales of installing new equipment
  • Coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • Plan and manage inspection and maintenance schedules

You would go to meetings, write reports and give presentations to managers and clients.

You could also be in charge of the technicians who install and maintain the instruments and systems.

Working conditions


You would usually work 37 to 40 hours per week. This is often on a shift or rota system. You may be required to work extra hours to meet deadlines, or to deal with breakdowns and faults.


Your time would be split between the office and the production areas of the plant or factory.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Cooperating
  • Verbal communication
  • Working with technology
  • Written communication
  • Designing
  • Problem solving
  • Working with numbers
  • Researching
  • Developing a plan
  • Managing resources

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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You would need a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in Measurement and Control Engineering or other engineering subjects such as Mechanical, Electrical or Computing.

You can enter a Measurement and Control Engineering Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

Entry to a relevant degree (SCQF level 9/10) requires National 5 qualifications and three Highers at BBB or above, or a relevant HNC/HND.

It may also be possible to start as a Measurement and Control Technician and complete further qualifications after your apprenticeship to become an engineer.

Useful subjects

  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Science subjects, in particular physics, (required by many courses and employers)
  • English
  • Technologies subjects such as engineering science

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show understanding and experience of the industry such as Skills for Work Engineering Skills (SCQF level 4).