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: 34,360
Part Time Employed: 6,902
Self Employed: 1,725
Total Employed: 42,987

Gender Split


Male: 36,734
Female: 6,254

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

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Mechanical Technician

Luton Bennett,


Mechanical Technician

Luton Bennett,


Mechanical Technician

NHS Jobs,


Mechanical Technician

Scantec,


Mechanical technician

Guidant Group,


Mechanical Technician

Arctic's LTD,


Mechanical Technician

UK Atomic Energy Authority,


Mechanical Technician

NRL Ltd,


Mechanical Technician

Acorn Recruitment,


Mechanical Technician

Whurk Recruitment ,


Mechanical Technician

Hays Specialist Recruitment,


Mechanical Technician

Mount Auto Repairs,


Mechanical Technician

Intec Recruitment Services,


Mechanic / Technician

Eurolane MOT Ltd,


mechanic technician

Tech Tyres Ltd,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Mechanic / Technician

Wilco Motosave,


Car Mechanic/Technician

Wests Garage (Newmarket) Ltd,


Motor Mechanic/Technician

Barkway Service Station,


Car Mechanic/Technician

foreigncarspares,


Vehicle/Mechanical Technician

Travail Employment Group,


Vehicle/Mechanical Technician

Travail Employment Group,


EXPERIENCED MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Career 1st,


Aircraft Mechanical Technicians

Serco Limited,


Mechanical Technician - Addenbrookes

Serco Limited,


Garden Machinery Mechanic/Technician

Crewkerne Horticultural,


Garden Machinery Mechanic/Technician

Crewkerne Horticultural,


Vehicle Mechanic/Technician

Motorfix Auto Centre,


Motor Vehicle Mechanic Technician

Riccardo Emiliani Ltd,


Motor mechanic / technician

Westwood mot ltd ,


car mechanic/ technician

unique car care,


Car Mechanic / Technician

John Pocklington Limited,


Mechanical Technician - Motor Vehicle

Cross Garage ,


motor mechanic / technician

Motor-Inn,


MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Lion Garage,


MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Lion Garage,


MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Lion Garage,


MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Lion Garage,


MOTOR MECHANIC/TECHNICIAN

Lion Garage,


Motor Mechanic/Technician

MNJ MOT'S LTD,


Site Mechanical Technician x 2

Morson International ,


Site Mechanical Technician x 2

Morson International ,


Mechanical Technician - 12 month FTC

Guidant Group,


Mechanical Technician - 6 months FTC

Guidant Group,


Fully Experienced vehicle Mechanic/Technician

Ultimate Autocare,


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