Do you enjoy practical work and fixing things? Can you stay calm under pressure?
Do you like solving practical problems?
Then a career in maintenance might be for you.
- Engineering and maintenance have an image problem – young people often mistakenly see them as ‘grimy’ professions linked with old fashioned hard industry. But increasing investment and development of technology means you can often be working in an exciting, modern and well-equipped environment.
- Maintenance jobs are often called 'technicians'.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, science, design and technology are all useful subject to get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector which require few qualifications to start where you will receive training on the job through an apprenticeship or vocational course at a college, but some jobs you will need a HND, foundation degree, or degree, for example to do civil engineering.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit Semta,
- To find out what A levels could be useful for studying engineering at university.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to engineering that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to maintenance, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to maintenance at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to maintenance.
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