Heritage engineering technician

Heritage engineering technician

“A heritage engineering technician performs a vital role in the preservation, restoration, re-manufacture, service and repair of historic UK and international engineering achievements”

A heritage engineering technician works on heritage artefacts that are unique ‘sole survivors’ of significant value, but with little or no supporting documentation or procedures. You’ll carry out research on artefacts to find out as much information as possible about their history to ensure accurate restoration, and survey artefacts and classify damage or deterioration. You’ll take a project and strip it down to minimum components, recording the parts and methods meticulously in a variety of ways. You’ll evaluate components for quality and wear and ensure solutions for replacement are fit for purpose. You’ll use their own initiative to develop novel ways around complex and unusual engineering issues. You’ll also 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. At all times, you’ll ensure that provenance is established and that the heritage of engineering innovation, evolution, design and manufacture is maintained for future generations.

Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, DT, history and science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer

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

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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