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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


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

As an Apprentice 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. Specialist pathways we offer within the college include: 10. Mechatronics Maintenance Technician; 11. Product Design and Development Technician; 12. Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician; 13. Technical Support Technician.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship is you are 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.
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What is covered

On this Apprentice you will learn core skills, knowledge and behaviours required for an Engineering Technicians, as well as specialist skills and knowledge that are require for your chosen pathway. 

Core skills, knowledge and behaviours include:
•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

Patheway Overview
9. Machinist Advanced Manufacturing Technician
Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi– axis CNC machine tools centres.

10. Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on–going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment.

11. Product Design and Development Technician
Product Design & Development Technicians primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. They support activities ranging from early concept feasibility, design and development stages right through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance.

12. Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. Apprentices need a good interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.

13. Technical Support Technician
Technical Support Technicians, work as part of a team to provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function including communications software, test, analysis tools, measurement, off line programming, process control, performance and continuous improvement solutions, capacity planning, production scheduling/planning, product technical applications and capability, technical sales and marketing support, product development and innovation, engineering drawing, purchasing and/or supply of goods or services for engineering activities, quality control, inspection and e–commerce technologies as required.

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

On successful completion of this standard, you will achieve:
•Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence).
•Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment.
•Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).
•Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
•Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).

You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships, full time learning programme or a range of further employment opportunities.

Are there any additional costs

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

Other details

Reality check
Engineering Technician Apprentices 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. Average salaries for Engineering Apprentices vary between £12,000 and £28,000.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £4.15 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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