- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- design skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties will include:
- assessing new developments or innovations
- preparing technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
- estimating manufacturing and labour costs, and project timescales
- co-ordinating the work of technicians and craftspeople
- testing prototypes and analysing data
- making sure projects meet safety regulations
- planning and overseeing inspection and maintenance
You could work in a workshop, in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
With incorporated or chartered engineer status you could:move into project management roles; specialise in research, such as telecommunications, robotics or semiconductors; work as an engineering consultant
You could also move into patent law.