Are you skilled at creating or interpreting technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications? Learn more about the work of engineering technicians and what they do in the space industry.

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What does an engineering technician do?

Engineering technicians work with engineers to design, build and test equipment, conduct experiments, collect data and identify and solve engineering problems.

Engineering technicians perform manual and technical tasks under the direction of an engineer or engineering technologist. They are responsible for equipment maintenance, including troubleshooting problems, installing and upgrading systems, ordering parts, and servicing or repairing equipment.

What you’ll need to know and do

Drafting and CAD skills are very important in this role. Engineering technicians need to be able to interpret or create technical drawings, blueprints, schematics or specifications. They also need strong written communication skills in order to maintain accurate logs or write reports and technical documentation.

Engineering technicians also test products and systems and compare the results with the original specifications. They perform quality control tasks and report back to the team on any alterations that may be required. Engineering technicians need strong analytical skills and attention to detail.

Your study pathway

Diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor degrees in the following study areas may be relevant to becoming an engineering technician:

  • engineering technology
  • product design
  • digital technologies
  • design and technology innovation.

Many universities in Australia offer qualifications in these areas. Visit individual university websites for more information.

Key resources

Our key space career job roles and study pathways information is packaged up into downloadable PDFs that students, teachers or parents can easily browse through and keep as a handy reference.

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Careers in space booklet

Our space career booklet covers all the space careers we talk about online, and can be downloaded by students, teachers or parents to read, share or use in the classroom.


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