Metrology Technician

Metrology Technician

On a metrology technician apprenticeship course, you’ll help identify measurement needs and plan and perform measurement tasks.

Metrology is the study of measurement. Metrology is employed in a broad range of industries, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, space, and all types of organisations.

Measurement activities range from galaxies to graphene, molecules, chemical pollutants, hip joints, aircraft, industrial pollution, and more.

This vital activity is carried out by expert metrology specialists who understand fundamental measurement principles and practises and are responsible for interpreting and applying them when executing measurement operations in whichever business they work in.

As a metrology technician, you will also analyse measurement needs and organise and measure operations using tools, equipment, instruments, and software programmes.

What you’ll learn

On a metrology technician apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify measurement needs and make intelligent decisions on the measurement technique and timeframes required, including selecting tools, equipment, instruments, and software programmes.
  • Take action when non-conforming tools, equipment, instruments, materials, and software programmes are detected.
  • Plan and execute measurement operations to ensure repeatable results, using measuring instruments, equipment, apparatus, and software programmes according to defined methods and methodology.
  • Assist in the development of records, reports, and other measuring papers.
  • Adhere to statutory constraints, national and international standards, industry and organisational procedures, and code of conduct requirements while doing measurement duties.
  • Comply with all relevant Health and Safety laws, rules, standards, industry and corporate policies and procedures, and safe working practises requirements.
  • Follow the rules and processes for preparing, storing, standardising, controlling, and managing samples, tools, equipment, instruments, and software programmes.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Three GCSEs in English, maths and a relevant science subject, or equivalent qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods: 

  • Knowledge Test 
  • Practical Observation
  • Professional Review 

Duration and level

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 Metrology Technician Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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