Heritage engineering technician

Heritage engineering technician

Preserve, restore, re-manufacture, service and repair historic engineering achievements

Heritage engineering technicians work on heritage artefacts that are unique ‘sole survivors’ of significant value, but with little or no supporting documentation or procedures. In this role, you’ll research the artefact to find out as much as possible about its history to ensure accurate restoration. You’ll survey the artefact and classify damage or deterioration, and then strip it down for further evaluation and to decide on a solution. You’ll develop novel ways around complex engineering issues, and carry out forensic work, routinely requiring reverse engineering techniques to be employed in order to understand the reasons and methodologies used by the original designers and manufacturers, to develop robust, credible and safe repair schemes. You’ll ensure that provenance is established and that the heritage of engineering innovation, evolution, design and manufacture is maintained for future generations. Options are available in aviation, marine, steam (mechanical overhaul or boiler-smith), vehicles, and coach-building and trim.


Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: History and science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but GCSEs are likely. Alternatively, relevant experience would be advantageous

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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