College didn’t suit Barney, nor did the engine re-manufacturing work he did afterwards. But his technical skills and willingness to learn eventually led him to a career he loves.

The turning point was when he found a job in industrial manufacturing. “That’s when I realised I prefer making things to fixing them”.

He is now a Design and Technical Services Manager working with post-graduates and academics on research projects into aerodynamics for Rolls-Royce.

It’s the culmination of a lifetime obsession that began (as so often) with Lego. It was fostered in his dad’s machine shop where he burnt his fingers helping build model steam engines.

For someone in such a high-level technical role, he acknowledges, many people are surprised that he has no formal engineering training. “I made my way through aptitude and willingness. That’s the key. If you’re genuinely interested you can always learn how”.

Click here to find out more about technician career opportunities at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department.

Barney - Career Pathway

  • 1999
    Finished school with10 GCSEs
  • 2000
    Studied a College National Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • 2005
    Cambridge Vacuum Engineering – Mechanical Technician
  • 2008
    Moved to University of Cambridge Engineering Department as a Senior Mechanical Technician
  • 2010
    Chief Mechanical Technician
  • 2016
    Design and Technical Services Manager

Stats - Mechanical Technician


Average Salary

Annual:
£30,680
Weekly:
£590

Employment Statuses


Full Time Employed: 34,313
Part Time Employed: 7,026
Self Employed: 1,725
Total Employed: 43,064

Gender Split


Male: 36,841
Female: 6,223

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Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.

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Mechanical Technician

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Mechanical Technician

Manpower UK,


Mechanic/Technician

OAKLEIGH GARAGE,


Mechanical Technician

CVWOW,


Mechanical Technician

Luton Bennett,


Mechanical Technician

Luton Bennett,


Mechanical Technician

Manpower UK,


Mechanical Technician

Holt Recruitment Ltd,


Mechanical Technician

NHS Ayrshire & Arran,


Mechanical Technician

Holt Recruitment Ltd,


Mechanical Technician

Acorn Recruitment,


Mechanical Technician

Experis ,


Mechanical Technician

Anglo Technical Recruitment,


Mechanical Technician

Luton Bennett,


Mechanical Technician

Omega Resource Group Ltd,


MECHANIC / TECHNICIAN

ALL CLASS MERCEDES LTD,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic technician.

Motor world Canbridge ltd ,


Mechanical Technician / Mechanic (Forklifts)

Luton Bennett,


Fully Skilled Mechanic/Technician

Westcountry Motors,


Motor Mechanic/Technician

Paul Price Kingsway Ltd,


Mechanical Technician - Night Shift

Acorn Recruitment,


Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

UK Atomic Energy Authority,


Senior Mechanical technician

NHS Jobs,


Car mechanic/ technician

smc autos ltd,


Mechanical Technician/Fitter

Rullion,


Trailer Mechanic/Technician

TES MacDonald,


Mechanical Technician - Hawk

Experis ,


Shift Mechanical Technician – Engineering

Blue Octopus Recruitment Limited,


Shift Mechanical Technician – Engineering

Blue Octopus Recruitment Limited,


Mechanical Technician - Hawk

Experis ,


Hawk T2 Mechanical Technician

Rullion,


hgv fitter, mechanic, technician

XPO MAINTENANCE,


Vehicle Mechanic/Technician

D.C. Baxter (Motors) Ltd,


Vehicle Mechanic/Technician

Yate Garages,


Senior Mechanical Technician (Remote Handling)

UK Atomic Energy Authority,


Time Served Motor Mechanic / Technician

Cumbernauld Car Care Ltd,


Mechanical CAD Technician - Mechanical CAD Technician

Luton Bennett,


FULLY-QUALIFIED TIME-SERVED MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

HIJOBS,


Mechanical Technician - Level 3 | RAF Northolt

Serco Limited,


Mechanical Technician / Senior Technician, Beamline I08

Diamond Light Source Ltd,


Mechanical Test Technician

Omega Resource Group Ltd,


Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Carbon60,


Mechanical Repair Technician

Meridian Business Support,


Mechanical Boiler Technician

Professional Personnel Management Ltd,


Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Randstad CPE,


Mechanical Assembly Technician AIT

Carbon60,


Mechanical Engineer/Technician

Luton Bennett,


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