Mechanical Engineering Technician

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Mechanical engineering technicians are responsible for the efficient working of many kinds of equipment and machinery. This involves the design, manufacture, testing, installation, adjustment and maintenance of equipment. They might work in manufacturing, power, building services or transport.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Starting salaries for qualified mechanical engineering technicians are normally in the range £19,000 to £24,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £40,000 a year.


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Getting In

Mechanical engineering technicians work in engineering and manufacturing companies, and in other organisations which use a lot of machinery. There are jobs in a wide range of industries including water, gas, electricity, railways, defence, armed forces, chemicals, plastics and food processing.

There are also opportunities with public bodies such as local authorities and the National Health Service (NHS).

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

Institution of Engineering and Technology
Tel: 01438 313311
Twitter: @TheIET

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