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Propulsion Technician

Building and testing engines and new hybrid and electric propulsion systems

How this role makes a difference

Propulsion is a force that pushes something forward. A propulsion system – like an engine in a car, boat, or space ship  – combines mechanical power with a propulsor. The propulsor converts mechanical power into a forward moving force.

A propulsion technician helps to build, test, and assess the quality of propulsion systems in combustion engines, hybrid and electric propulsion technology, and in advanced control systems. You could be the technician who ensures thousands of vehicles move forward safely, quickly and efficiently.

Propulsion Technician at work

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Carrying out checks on propulsion systems
  • Identifying issues and fixing problems
  • Setting up equipment and ancillary systems used for build and testing
  • Checking instrumentation is capturing high quality data
  • Confirming calibration activities and reading measurements
  • Implementing modifications
  • Producing modification and design proposals
  • Liaising with internal teams and external customers
Useful skills
Problem solving
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Communicating complex ideas
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Critical thinking
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Technologically minded
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Instructing others

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

As you gain experience, you can take on more responsibility for managing bigger and more complex projects and teams of technicians and engineers.

There are opportunities to work in engineering consultancies, but you could also choose to become a freelancer, taking on contract work for a range of different projects and industries.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

Propulsion technicians play a critical role in the engineering and design of propulsion systems, typically for the automotive, marine, and power equipment sectors. However they can also support the development of new and alternative technologies for other applications, including manufacturing and assembly processes.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Propulsion Test Engineer
Propulsion Test Technician
Engine Build and Process Technician
Product Analysis and Verification Technician
Engine Test Technician

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