Level 3 Materials Testing Technician

What is a Materials Testing Technician? 

The Materials Testing Technician apprenticeship is an extension of our popular Laboratory Technician programme. It’s been developed in partnership with leading organisations in the construction industry to address a skills shortage across major infrastructure projects.  

An apprenticeship on the Materials Testing Technician programme is a step towards a rewarding career in construction. You could find yourself working on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link, the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, or building smart motorways. These projects carry an immense risk and often have to be guaranteed for over 100 years, so Materials Testing is crucial.  

Skilled technicians are there to make sure every task is performed safely, and in line with industry guidelines and standards. 


What will I learn? 

The core modules will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to perform this role brilliantly for your employer. These cover the basics like Health and Safety, Quality Procedures, and a grounding in Environmental Science.  

Then we tailor the programme to your employer and industry with additional modules relevant to your role. Topics such as Geology, Concrete Technology, and Environmental Science.  

The programme is ideal for both existing staff and new recruits. It takes 21-24 months. 



What next? 

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll qualify to be a Technician Member (TIMMM) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). You will also be eligible to join the Register of Science Technicians (RSciTech) through an appropriate industry body. 

Successful apprentices can often find themselves fast-tracked into senior technician and management roles. Or they might go on to a higher level apprenticeship.