There are technicians in all walks of life doing a variety of interesting and important work.

Technicians build the aircraft engines that fly people around the world. Technicians undertake lab research to help find a cure for cancer. Technicians design the lighting for the world’s biggest entertainment events. But what is it actually like to be a technician?

We’ve interviewed a whole range of technicians working across science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) about what they do. We soon discovered that their individual stories were every bit as diverse and fascinating as their work. So take a look – maybe you’ll find some ideas to consider for your own career path.

Meet the Technicians

Declan

Assembly Technician

As an Assembly Technician for Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP), Declan lives life in the fast lane.

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Max & Steve

Sports Research Technician and Technical Manager at Loughborough University

Steve and Max are the technician dream team behind some of the UK’s best sporting innovations.

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Sally

Horticultural Technician at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

To find her ideal job as a Horticultural Technician, Sally simply followed her passion.

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Liam

Apprentice Quality Control Technician

As football team captain, Liam took responsibility. To be a quality technician he must do the same.

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Jahangir

Apprentice Broadcast Engineer at BBC

Jahangir enjoys solving problems. A chance to work at the BBC was the best possible solution.

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Emma

RAF Instructor

Emma has fifteen years’ experience as an RAF technician. Now she helps others get their careers off the ground.

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Gabriel

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Engineer

Gabriel writes the code that unlocks the awesome potential of wind power.

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Anjna

Senior Science Technician

Anjna is an award-winning school Senior Science Technician, but her real reward is the success of
her students.

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Amy

Senior Pharmacy Technician at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

As a Senior Pharmacy Technician, Amy makes the medicines that make people better.

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Are you a technician? What’s your story?

Through professional registration technicians can demonstrate that, regardless of their career path, they can be trusted to complete an important job requiring specialist skills. So anyone who meets a registered technician – whether an employer, recruiter, customer or colleague – will know they are dealing with an accomplished professional.

Just as accountants on the register of chartered accountants can add the post-nominals CA after their name, technicians working in engineering, science and IT can now be assessed by their own professional body.

 

Find out more about professional registration

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