It might help if you have a few GCSEs, especially in maths, English or design and technology. You’ll usually work alongside an experienced member of staff to learn the skills to do the job.

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • building up components and sub-assemblies into finished electrical or mechanical products
  • fitting parts to machinery and equipment
  • cutting and shaping parts and tools
  • operating machine tools, like lathes, grinders and borers
  • using moulding machines
  • setting and operating hand-controlled or computer-controlled machines
  • applying finishes and surface coatings to products
  • moving raw materials and finished products around the workplace
  • using forklift trucks, hoists or trolleys

With further training, you could progress to a skilled craft-level job, and then on to technician level.

Acoustics consultant

Aerospace engineer

Agricultural contractor

Agricultural engineer

Agricultural engineering technician

Air accident investigator

Analytical textile technologist

Audio-visual technician

AV technician

Auto electrician

Automotive engineer

Boat builder


Broadcast engineer

Building control officer

Building services engineer

Building site inspector

CAD technician

CNC machinist


Cellar technician

Chemical engineer

Chemical engineering technician

Chimney sweep

Civil engineer

Engineering consultant

Civil engineering technician

Clinical engineer

Construction plant mechanic

Critical care technologist

Cycle mechanic

Design and development engineer


Domestic appliance service engineer

Electrical engineer


Electricity distribution worker

Electricity generation worker

Electronics engineer

Electronics engineering technician

Energy engineer

Engineering construction craftworker

Engineering construction technician

Engineering craft machinist

Engineering maintenance technician

Engineering operative



Food factory worker

Forklift truck engineer

Foundry mould maker

Foundry process operator

Foundry worker

Furniture maker

Cabinet maker, craft woodworker

Garage manager

Gas mains layer

Gas service technician



Heating and ventilation engineer

Helicopter engineer


Lift engineer

Lighting technician

Live sound engineer

Lock keeper


Maintenance fitter

Manufacturing systems engineer

Marine engineer

Marine engineering technician

Materials engineer

Materials technician

Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineering technician

Merchant Navy engineering officer


Model maker

Motor mechanic

Motor vehicle breakdown engineer

Motor vehicle fitter

Motorcycle mechanic

Motorsport engineer

Naval architect

Non-destructive testing technician

Nuclear engineer

Nuclear technician

Offshore drilling worker 

Oil and gas operations manager

Patent attorney


Pipe fitter


Product designer

Quality control assistant

Quantity surveyor

Quarry engineer

Quarry worker

Rail engineering technician

Rail track maintenance worker

Railway signaller

Points operator, signal operator

Recycling operative

Refrigeration and air-conditioning installer

Road worker

Robotics engineer


Satellite engineer

Security systems installer

Shoe repairer

Signalling technician

Smart meter installer

Steel fixer

Sterile services technician

Structural engineer

TV or film sound technician

Technical surveyor

Telecoms engineer

Textile machinery technician


Thermal insulation engineer



Vehicle body repairer

Vending machine operator

Watch or clock repairer

Water network operative

Water treatment worker

Wind turbine technician

Window fitter

Windscreen fitter

Interested in this or one of our other Work Experience opportunities?

Contact us for more information!!

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