How to become Education Technician
What does a Education Technician do?
Technicians in education support staff teaching science, IT and Design and Technology in schools and colleges by preparing equipment and materials and assisting in practical lessons.
Their tasks include:
- delivering, setting up and checking equipment
- supporting teaching staff in practical lessons by taking part in demonstrations and giving technical assistance to students
- putting away equipment after lessons
- organising, storing and stocktaking of equipment
- repairing, maintaining and modifying equipment
- administrative tasks.
Specific duties and responsibilities will vary depending on the institution. Technicians may be involved in preparing basic experiments in primary schools or the early years of secondary education or advanced experiments in universities.
They may also take responsibility for health and safety and first aid.
What's the working environment like working as a Education Technician?
Working hours are usually 9am to 4pm, but many technicians working in education work part-time. Many technicians work in term-time only.
Working conditions can vary, but much time is spent in a laboratory, IT room and preparation room based within schools, colleges or universities.
Technicians may work alone or in a small team. They may have to move equipment between different floors or between sites.
What does it take to become a Education Technician?
As an educational technician, you will need:
- an interest, and ability, in science, IT or Design and Technology
- practical skills
- to be able to use technical equipment
- flexibility and adaptability, as you are likely to be working for a number of people who may be working on different experiments/projects
- good communication skills
- the ability to work in a team, as well as independently.
Education Technician Career Opportunities
There are schools and colleges employing technicians across the country, as well as universities.
Opportunities for promotion are often limited. It is possible to progress to senior technician or laboratory manager, and some may train to become teachers.
If you would like to know anything about Education Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.Association for Science Education
Tel: 01707 283000
www.ase.org.uk Design and Technology Association
16 Wellesbourne House
Tel: 01789 470007
www.data.org.uk CLEAPSS Schools Science Service
Tel: 01895 251496
www.cleapss.org.uk Science Learning Centres
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