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Engineering Construction Technician Profile


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  • Finding Suitable Work as an Engineering Construction Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Engineering Construction Technician Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Technicians in engineering construction, design, construct and maintain process plant and machinery for the oil, gas, water, environmental, food, power-generation, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Technicians work in one or more of the following areas:

engineering design - detailed design drawings are prepared for craftspeople to use during the construction phase. Designers usually specialise in one of the following:

  • piping design - working out complex pipe systems
  • electrical and instrumentation – working on circuits and control systems
  • mechanical equipment - designing the plant and machinery
  • civil and structural design – covering the structure and infrastructure that holds the piping, electrical and mechanical components of a plant together.
  • Non-destructive testing - involves using a variety of inspection and testing techniques to examine materials and components for defects or flaws. Typical duties include:
  • inspection of material surfaces
  • detection of deep-seated defects and flaws using radiographic and ultrasonic techniques
  • monitoring the condition of plant and equipment
  • operating computerised inspection equipment.

Computer-aided design (CAD) - is the standard design tool in the industry. Creation of 3D images and virtual reality tours of plants prior to the construction stage.

Procurement - procurement specialists work with subcontractors to buy equipment and materials. Procurement specialists are particularly important before and during the construction phase. Their work is vital in ensuring that deadlines and standards are met.

Hours and Environment

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 may be required, and contracts may involve working away from home, either in the UK or abroad, for many months at a time.

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

Skills and Interests

As an engineering construction technician, you should:

  • have good mathematical and computer skills
  • be able to interpret technical plans
  • be able to explain complex requirements in clear terms
  • have good problem-solving skills
  • have an appreciation of health and safety issues.


A common entry route for young people is to train as a technician apprentice, through Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships. Most apprentices come in at 16 to 18, but entry is possible up to 24. You will need four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including maths and science or technology, or an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ level II or equivalent.

Check that the employer does regard this as a technician apprenticeship or traineeship, as Modern Apprenticeships are also a route to craft jobs. You may do the same initial training in basic engineering skills in a training centre as a craftsperson, but you will then go on to spend time working in a number of areas involving estimating, technical drawing, CAD, production planning and control, plant maintenance and supervision.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Alternative entry level qualfications include a BTEC Certificate or Diploma in Engineering. City & Guilds Computer Aided Draughting and Design (4351) would be useful if you are looking to work in a design role.

If you are working as a craftsperson or operative in an engineering or construction environment, you may be able to become a technician by studying part-time for a relevant BTEC national certificate or diploma, or an SQA national certificate group award, or by doing an NVQ/SVQ level 3.


The more theoretical aspects of your work may be covered by day or block release to study at a local college. With workplace assessments, this leads to at least NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Engineering Construction, Maintenance of Plant and Equipment (Mechanical or Electrical) or Instrument and Control Systems.

Fot design technicians, there is an NVQ Designing and Draughting at Level 3.

You should work towards the qualification EngTech. To achieve this, you must register formally with The Engineering Council as an engineering technician, and you will need:

  • an appropriate qualification such as an NVQ/SVQ level 3, vocational A level/GSVQ level III, BTEC national certificate or diploma, or an SQA national certificate group award
  • at least three years initial professional development, including suitable further training and responsible work experience
  • to be a member of the relevant professional institution such as the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • to take a final test called a professional review.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


The UK engineering construction industry is the largest in the EU.

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

Technicians can progress to management positions or take professional qualifications within the main specialisms outlined in the Work section. Some technicians may be sponsored by their employer to take a degree which would lead to work at professional level.

Annual Income

This section is intended as a guideline only.

New entrants start at around £14,000 a year.
Experienced technicians average about £25,000 a year.
Senior technicians may earn over £30,000 a year.

Further information

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board *
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Tel: 01923 260000

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) *
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

The Engineering Council
10 Maltravers StreetWC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

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