Engineering Technicians (EngTech) are involved in applying proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They carry supervisory or technical responsibility, and are competent to exercise creative aptitudes and skills within defined fields of technology. Engineering Technicians contribute to the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services and are required to apply safe systems of work.
Candidates who hold particular qualifications will usually find that this greatly simplifies the process of becoming registered as an Engineering Technician.
Typical qualifications are:
- National Certificate or National Diploma in Engineering or Construction and the Built Environment
- An approved qualification in engineering or construction at level 6 in the Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework
- The City & Guilds Higher Professional Diploma in Engineering
- A technical certificate as part of an approved Advanced Modern Apprenticeship programme
- An approved level 3 NVQ or SVQ
- A work-based learning route approved by the SOE
- Qualifications in similar areas providing they are assessed as equivalent by the SOE
Candidates without the qualifications listed above may be able to apply for an Individual Route appraisal via the SOE. This involves an in-depth appraisal of the knowledge and experience gained, and will usually be conducted at your workplace. Engineering Technicians are often found to have gained the necessary knowledge and skills for their job through working closely with other skilled colleagues over a number of years.
For more information about EngTech registration, download the EngTech leaflet here
If you have non-accredited or non-UK qualifications then please visit the FAQ section.
Becoming an Engineering Technician (EngTech) could help advance your career
To assist in raising awareness and understanding of the value of the Engineering Technician (EngTech) professional qualification, the Engineering Council has issued a new EngTech eBook, which acts as a definitive guide to becoming registered as an EngTech. The eBook is available to download from the Engineering Council’s website, at www.engc.org.uk/ebook.
Hats off to EngTechs
As a commemoration of the unparalleled achievements of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859), whose name is synonymous with his iconic hat, SOE is issuing a Top Hat badge to all newly-registered SOE Engineering Technicians (EngTechs). The Top Hat lapel pin will signify your status as a professionally registered engineer, wear it with pride. To find out how you can get your badge, email Professional Standards Coordinator Claire.Collins@soe.org.uk.