Materials technicians test materials under different conditions to help develop and improve them.

What does a materials technician do?

Materials technicians’ duties include testing a material's strength and flexibility under stress; testing materials' characteristics, such as chemical composition or electromagnetic properties; assessing the cost, reliability, safety and environmental impact of materials; researching new ways to use materials for the development of products, as well as analysing test results and writing reports for project engineers and managers.

What do I need to do to become a materials technician?

You’ll need to be good at science and solving problems. If you want to be part of a team working with cutting-edge technology, this could be a great career for you. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (A-C), including maths, English and a science subject
  • A levels

Vocational route

  • Level 3 diploma in applied science
  • Level 3 diploma in engineering

Related subjects

  • Maths

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could find opportunities in construction, engineering, aerospace, manufacturing and medical instrument production. 

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