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A field technician handles on-site servicing, diagnostics and repairs for a company’s electrical products or equipment. This can range from computers, heating and cooling systems, security systems, heavy machinery, and more. Field technicians may work on-site at factories, manufacturing plants or on construction sites.
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There are several routes to becoming a field technician. You could do an apprenticeship, a university degree, a college course, or on-the-job training. If you already have relevant skills or experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a foundation degree in engineering before applying for a job as a trainee field technician.
For a foundation degree, you’ll usually need:
You could take a college course to teach you some of the skills needed for a job as a field technician. Relevant courses include:
To take a college course you may need:
An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry. You could complete an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship to become a field technician.
For an advanced apprenticeship you’ll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain on-site experience as a field technician. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced field technician and progress as your abilities improve. Many companies offer on-the-job training, or specific courses to help you get qualified.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a field technician. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a field technician include:
As a field technician, you will be responsible for troubleshooting and repairing issues with technical equipment. This can involve working on things such as heavy machinery, in factories or at manufacturing plants.
The role of a field technician involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a field technician varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a field technician, you could undertake further study to qualify as a mechanical or electrical engineer.
You could also progress into a maintenance team management role.
Alternatively you could transfer your skills to a technical sales or contract management role.