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Materials Technician

Materials technicians test the behaviour of materials under different conditions to help develop new products and improve the performance of existing ones.

If you like solving problems, are good at science and want to be part of team working with cutting edge technology, this could be a great career for you.

To get into this job, you will need a good general standard of education with GCSEs in maths and science and, for some jobs, A levels or equivalent qualifications. Apprenticeships are another route into this career.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

 

Key Responsibilities

Testing a material's strength and flexibility under stress
Testing materials' characteristics such as chemical composition or electromagnetic properties
Assessing the cost, reliability, safety and environmental impact of materials
Researching new ways to use materials for the development of products
Analysing test results and writing reports for project engineers and managers
You would work closely with engineers and scientists from other fields, such as mechanical, electronic or aeronautical engineering

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Entry Requirements

You may be able to start with a company as a trainee technician if you have four or five GCSEs (A-C), including maths, English and a science subject
Some employers may ask for one or two A levels, or equivalent qualifications like a Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science or Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
Join an Apprenticeship scheme
You could also take a higher education qualification, such as a foundation degree, HND or degree in materials science and engineering as a way into this career

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

An interest in science
Creative problem solving skills
A flair for maths and IT
An understanding of engineering drawings and principles
Knowledge of the qualities of materials under different conditions
An understanding of manufacturing processes and construction methods
The ability to work as part of a team
The ability to use your initiative

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Junior materials technicians: £15,000 - £18,000 a year
Experienced materials technicians: £20,000 - £26,000
Specialist technicians: £30,000+
Case Study

Dave

Dave attended one of our Budding Builders courses in Cardiff after seeing a leaflet at his local Job Centre. We found that Dave had very low self-esteem having been unemployed for more than 12 months; he not see where he would be in the future. He attended every session of the course completing his Level 1 OCN Health & Safety, learnt how to construct a window box and passed his CSCS Test.

After successfully completing the course Dave found a job with a construction company in Cardiff where he remains in full time employment.

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