Technology (D&T) Technician
Design and technology technicians may specialise in a particular area of D&T, for example woodwork or CAD or may be an all-rounder, supporting all aspects of the subject. Technicians may work alone or be part of a team alongside teaching assistants and D&T teaching staff. D&T technicians may support other subject areas in schools by providing their expertise in design and construction of equipment, through repairing equipment or through PAT testing.
The role generally includes some or all of the following:
- Procurement of, setting up and maintaining a wide range of equipment
- Keeping up to date with current guidance to ensure a safe working environment
- Supporting students in lessons and helping them construct and design projects and builds
- Preparing consumables, cutting materials and fulfilling equipment requests from teachers
- Organising equipment and keeping stock of equipment and consumables
- Administrative tasks related to the role
Training & CPD
Entry requirements vary between schools and LAs but generally at secondary level employers ask for at least GCSEs or equivalent. Where technicians are expected to support students more directly and up to A-Level, employers may ask for higher qualifications in specific technology subjects.
Specialist qualifications such as City & Guilds, electrical certification or experience in using workshop machinery, 3d printers, laser cutters and CNC equipment may be desirable but not essential for the role.