Career outlook for mechanical engineering technician
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design, install and fix industrial machinery so it is safe for people to use. You’d make sure that the equipment runs smoothly and meets performance targets.
You could work in a range of different industries.
If you work in manufacturing you could:
- Build engine and gear components
- Maintain conveyor and packaging equipment
- Service the robotic machinery used on production lines
In the power, water and processing industries you could install and maintain industrial plant equipment, such as drives, valves and pumps for utility companies.
In building services you could service lifts and escalators and install heating and air conditioning systems.
If you work in transport you could repair mechanical parts on railway engines and signalling equipment.
- Draw up plans for new ideas, using computer aided design (CAD) software
- Investigate and test ideas to improve existing systems
- Make parts and install them
- Test instruments and machinery
- Find solutions to overcome problems with machinery or processes
- Maintain equipment and machines to prevent problems
- Find and repair faults in equipment and machinery
You do tasks like welding and using computer controlled machinery tools.
As an experienced technician, you could take responsibility for:
- Production planning
- Quality control
You could supervise craftspeople and follow health and safety rules.
You’d work closely with mechanical engineers so you’d need to understand engineering drawings and principles.
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