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What's it like?

You would help to set up and operate the instruments that check machines are working properly.

These instruments are used in industries like manufacturing and engineering.

For example, you might use control panels to check that a production line in a factory is running smoothly, or that medical instruments are working correctly.

You would also use them to collect and analyse data for quality control.

You could work in these industries:

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

You would:

  • Monitor systems and equipment using programmable logic controls (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCSs)
  • Design, test and calibrate new control systems
  • Collect and analyse data for quality control
  • Set up, maintain and repair measuring instruments

An engineer would give instructions to you and your team. You could also be responsible for supervising craftspeople and machine operators.

Working conditions


You would usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week on a shift system. You may also have on-call duties for any out-of-hours problems.


You could work indoors on a factory production line, in a controlled environment like an electronics manufacturing plant, or a hospital or research facility. You may do some work outdoors, for example if working on road or rail signalling systems.

UK employment status





Self employed


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

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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 Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma in measurement and control engineering (SCQF 7/8) or a Modern Apprenticeship in Process Manufacturing or Engineering Operations.

Entry to Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma courses requires two Highers. 

Employers usually ask for National 5 qualifications.

Useful subjects

  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Science subjects, in particular chemistry, (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).