Working in engineering with A levels (or similar)

At this level, the job roles become more technical and require creative thinking and problem solving skills.

You are more likely to need higher-level qualifications, and there should be more variety in the tasks you are asked to carry out. You will still find vacancies in maintenance or engineering operations, but also in research, development and design.

Example jobs

Gas network engineer
Installing and maintaining gas pipelines.

Marine craftsperson (boat builder)
Repairing, maintaining and building boats or ships.

Welder
Cutting and joining metals while following technical plans.

CNC machinist
Creating precision engineered parts, using a CNC machine tool to shape blank metal or plastic/composite materials.

Approximate pay levels

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Typical working conditions

  • Your workplace could be a factory, a laboratory, an oil rig, a processing plant or out on site.
  • For some jobs, you will need to travel to different workplaces.

Qualifications needed

You will need an engineering qualification at Level 3 or an advanced apprenticeship for many technician-level jobs. For some jobs, such as materials technician or marine engineering technician, it helps to have qualifications at a higher level, such as an HNC, an HND or a foundation degree.

Career path

You will need to keep learning if you want to move on in your career. Building up your qualifications and your experience will help you to lead projects, lead teams or even become an Incorporated Engineer. This status should open the door to more varied job opportunities with new challenges and a better salary.

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