As a technician, you’ll be responsible for making sure machinery and equipment runs smoothly. You could work in manufacturing, production or transport. You could do any job from fixing machinery on a food production line to testing aircraft parts in a hangar. However, your work will be either preventative or emergency maintenance.

Your duties will involve:

  • Organising routine servicing schedules.
  • Allocating work to a team of fitters.
  • Checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they are accurate.
  • Fitting new parts.
  • Carrying out quality inspections
  • Responding immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • Fixing faults on site or arranging for replacement machinery or equipment to be installed
  • Keeping production managers informed of progress.
  • Organising teams or individuals to make sure that 24-hour cover is available.

As a fitter, you’ll service and repair the equipment. You could work on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or computerised systems.

Again, your job will involve either preventative or emergency maintenance. You’re likely to be:

  • Making scheduled checks on machinery and parts
  • Finding and fixing faults and recalibrating instruments.
  • Oiling and cleaning machinery and parts.
  • Overhauling and replacing parts according to schedule.
  • Responding immediately to machinery breakdowns.

In both jobs, you’ll work as part of a team of engineering technicians, fitter and shift supervisors.


  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Engineering Technician