Estates technician

Estates technicians maintain and repair systems and plant that the NHS relies on.

This page has information on the role of an estates technician in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

As an estates technician, you'll be maintaining and repairing a range of equipment including

In your work, you will

Some technicians specialise in one aspect such as electrical or mechanical work, others are multi-skilled.

Who will I work with?

You may work alongside other estates services staff such as plumbers and electricians. You will also work with estates managers. You may travel between sites in an NHS vehicle or your own van.

While estates technicians are working inside a building, staff and patients may be there, but technicians do not usually have direct contact with healthcare staff or patients.

Entry requirements

Although there are no set entry requirements, estate technicians have qualifications, usually at level 3 or higher. Employers expect them to be qualified and experienced in at least one technical area such as

Although estates technicians often join the NHS fully qualified and experienced, it may be possible to train as a technician. Employers ask for at least three GCSEs (or equivalent) including English maths and science.

Employers may ask for a driving licence.

Skills needed

Estates technicians need to

Training and development 

When you start as a trainee estates technician, your training will include

You will be expected to study for qualifications such as NVQs.

Estates technicians can become members of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

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