Metrology technician, metrology engineer
Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.
Salary range: £19,000 to £40,000
How to become a metrologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- specialist training courses
You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- manufacturing engineering
- mechanical engineering
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You can complete a metrology technician advanced apprenticeship.
You can then move on to a senior metrology technician higher apprenticeship.
To get onto an apprenticeship, you’ll find it useful to have:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
It’s possible to study a short course in measurement and calibration methods, if you’re already working in engineering, manufacturing or quality control.
You could also do a part-time foundation degree in metrology if you have the support of your employer.
Measurement science is an important part of every day life. Visit the BIPM, the international organisation that governs weights and measures, to find out more.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Institute of Measurement and Control for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- using handheld and computerised measuring equipment
- checking the dimensions of finished products, tools and machine parts
- comparing product standards to technical drawings
- working closely with technicians to fix production problems
- calibrating measuring tools in line with recognised standards
- recording test results for production planning and quality control
- keeping up to date with measurement methods, technology and guidelines
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or visit sites.
Your working environment may be noisy.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You can use your skills to work in many different industries, from environment, energy and aerospace to transport, construction and healthcare.
With experience, you can move into a team management role, specialise in a particular area of measurement, or work in science and research.