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Engineering Technician Advanced L3 Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

4 years


Level 3

Who is it for


This course is now FULL. If you already have an employer and wish to apply for the Apprenticeship Course please contact 01733 726121.

Do you want to study a practical course with transferable industry skills?
Are you looking to start your career in Maintenance & Operations industry or upskill within an existing role?

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians covers 7 roles: Electrical Technicians; Mechanical Technicians; Control & Instrumentation Technicians; Wind Turbine Technicians Electrical System and Process Control Technicians; Electromechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians. You will be responsible for the quality of their own work, possibly others' and ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements, whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to an interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an assessment.

What will I need

Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English, Maths and Science. You will be expected to have a keen interest in engineering and where possible previous qualifications in Engineering. You will also need a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship.

Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

On the course you will learn the basic skills, knowledge and behaviours you will need as a Maintenance and Operations Technicians Apprentice including:
– Operating and maintaining plant and equipment
– Finding and fixing faults in plant and equipment
– Assessing and testing plant and equipment
– Environmental, health and safety law, regulations and standards
– Engineering theory and principles relevant to their role
– Interpreting technical specifications and documents
– Specialist skills in electrics, mechanics, control and instrumentation, wind turbines, or plant operations
– Preparation for Independent End Point Assessment

Apprentices are expected to attend college for 3 Days a week in Yr 1 / 2 Days a week in Yr 2 / 1 Day a week in Yr 3 as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Apprentices will be assessed on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the Engineering Technician Standard.

All Apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum:
–Level 2 Foundation Competance qualification
– Level 3 Development Competance qualification
– Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge Qualification

You will also be assessed through an individual end point assessment in year 4.

What can this course lead to

Successful Apprentices can continue within employment, gain promotion or progress onto higher education through Apprenticeships or full time degree routes.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprentice could expect to work unsociable hours, weekends on a Rota system. Working conditions may sometimes be confined and you may have to work outside in all weathers. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 an hour, for under 19 year olds and for over 19s in their first year of Apprenticeship although many of Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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