Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

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    Part Time

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    36 Months

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    September 2024


Engineering Technicians in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.

Typical job roles would include Machinists, Mechatronics Maintenance, Product Design and Development and Technical Support Technician.

A Technician will understand:

  • First principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment
  • Relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements
  • Maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment
  • The relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation

What will I do?

The ‘Core Knowledge’ an Engineering Technician will understand are:

  • Complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • General engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
  • Structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used
  • Typical problems that may arise within normal work activities/environment
  • Diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve problems
  • Using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications if this is not adhered to
  • Interpreting relevant engineering/manufacturing data and documentation in order to complete their job role
  • Understanding the different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact
  • Understanding why it is important for an organisation to continually review their processes and procedures

The ‘Core Skills’ an Engineering Technician will develop are:

  • Obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation
  • Working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • Planning and where applicable obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work
  • Undertaking activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
  • Carrying out the required checks using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
  • Dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved
  • Completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the activity

The entry qualifications for the Engineering Operative - Level 3 Apprenticeship are completion of a minimum of a level 2 Engineering qualification and/or relevant industry experience. In addition to this you must have your English and Maths at Grade 4 or above.

The Engineering Apprenticeship will typically take 36 months to complete. You will attend college for one day a week starting in September 2024.

As an Apprentice, you will pay no course fees. However, your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage (please see below).

For information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext 3248.

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

Aged 16 to 18.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

If you are an employer and want to find out more information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext. 3248.

You will be assessed through exams, practical assessments and written assignments.

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress onto a level 4 course or higher apprenticeship or alternatively direct into employment.

Additional costs include purchasing corporate work wear, which includes polo shirts, overalls and safety footwear.

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