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How to become an Engineering Construction Technician

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What does a Engineering Construction Technician do?

Technicians in engineering construction, design, build and maintain buildings, process plant and machinery in a wide range of industries, such as petrochemical, power, water, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, transport and construction. They have a variety of duties depending on the particular industry they work in. These can include:

Planning and design– using computer-aided design (CAD) software and traditional draughting techniques to draw up engineering diagrams, specifying dimensions, layout and structure of engineering and construction projects.

Fabrication and assembly – cutting and welding sheet metal and plate for pipework and other structures, working from design blueprints and templates; and erecting building infrastructure, such as steel column and beam frameworks during the construction of industrial plant.

Fitting and maintenance - installing and servicing mechanical and electrotechnical production equipment in factories and industrial units, including conveyor lines, instrumentation control panels, pipework, valves and flowmeters; and carrying out risk assessments for certain tasks.

Inspection and testing – monitoring and diagnosing faults in plant and equipment within the workplace, and testing materials in a laboratory environment to detect flaws and defects (non-destructive testing), which could potentially lead to component failure. See profile for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technician.

Technicians may also be involved in related areas such as estimating, buying and quality control.

Working under the auspices of engineers and project managers, technicians often have supervisory responsibilities, overseeing a team of craftspeople, scheduling work and dealing with some administrative records.

What's the working environment like working as a Engineering Construction Technician?

Technicians work a basic 38-hour week, but this is flexible depending on the type of work and deadlines. Overtime may be available.

Work can be office based or on-site in all weathers. Mobility is usually required, and contracts may involve working away from home, either in the UK, offshore or abroad, for many weeks at a time.

Non-destructive testing technicians spend much of their time in a laboratory.

What does it take to become a Engineering Construction Technician?

As an engineering construction technician, you should:

  • have an aptitude for maths, science and IT
  • have a knowledge of CAD software and good freehand design skills
  • be able to interpret technical plans
  • have an understanding of construction methods
  • be well organised and able to prioritise workloads
  • be able to explain complex requirements in clear terms
  • have good analytical skills
  • be able to pay attention to detail
  • have an appreciation of health and safety issues.

Engineering Construction Technician Career Opportunities

The UK engineering construction industry is the largest in the EU and prospects for qualified technicians are good.

A range of UK companies employ engineering construction technicians. Companies that specialise in repair and maintenance also employ technicians. About half of the UK’s engineering construction industry’s work takes place overseas.

Technicians can progress into site management positions or specialise in particular aspects of the job, such as engineering design, testing or procurement. With further academic training up to degree level, a technician may be in a position to fully qualify as an engineer.

Further information

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Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Herts
WD4 8JP
Tel: 01923 260000
NASEC Administration Team: 01923 402155
www.ecitb.org.uk

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

Women into Science and Engineering
22 Old Queen Street
London
SW1H 9HP
Tel: 020 7227 8421
www.wisecampaign.org.uk

Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland)
Interpoint
20-24 York Street
Belfast
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878
www.etcni.org.uk

The Welding Institute (TWI)
Granta Park
Great Abington
Cambridge
CB1 6AL
Tel: 01223 891162
www.twi.co.uk

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
London
WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891
www.engc.org.uk
www.engtech.co.uk



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