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TWI laboratories offer opportunities for Technicians to work in the specialised field of welding and joining research and development. Welding technology is unique in that it offers a broader spectrum of interest than any other subject and is reflected in the range of laboratories in which technicians can work, for example: Chemistry; Metallurgy; Welding both conventional Arc Welding and novel encompassing Lasers, Electron Beam and Friction; Non-Destructive Testing; Fatigue of structures and strengths of materials; Corrosion testing and endurance; Design office and Machine shop.

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Typically technicians will join TWI with a BTEC or equivalent qualification in an Engineering discipline and are given the opportunity to be trained to the level of foundation Degree with opportunities to progress to the full degree level on a part time basis.

The role of the Research Technician is to assist Project Leaders, Engineers and Metallurgists with the construction and use of equipment for experimental work, the recording and interpretation of test results, and other features of research investigation. The Technician role can lead to further opportunities in your career, routes to Project Leader or Team Leader and Laboratory Manager are all possible.