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Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard: Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Pathway

  • Course Type: Apprenticeship

What can this course lead to?

Completion and Progression

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.

Who is it for?

Eligibility and Employer Requirements

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting Peterborough College Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Are You a Good Fit for this Apprenticeship?

Do you enjoy solving problems in order to fix things? Have you got a talent for keeping things working smoothly? If so, this Apprenticeship may be the perfect fit for you.

About the Role

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. The work covers a broad range of activities, including installation, testing, fault finding, and ongoing planned maintenance of complex automated equipment.

Responsibilities and Pathways

As an Apprentice, you will be responsible for the quality of your own work, possibly others’, and must ensure that work is completed safely while meeting stakeholder quality, time, and budget requirements. You will also maintain the efficient running of plant and equipment.

From Year 2, you can choose between two separate pathways: Electro/Mechanical Bias or Electrical Bias, depending on your role and desired specialist outcome. Other specialist pathways, including Machinist, Product Design and Development Technician, and more are available at Peterborough Regional College.

Alternative Opportunities

This pathway is also similar to the Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Apprenticeship Standard also available at Peterborough Regional College. You can find more information here.

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16, and not in full-time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship and cannot be self-employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you at least the minimum Apprenticeship wage for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

What is covered?

What You Will Learn

On this Apprenticeship, you will acquire the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours required for Engineering Technicians, as well as the specialist competencies tailored to your chosen pathway.

Pathways and College Attendance

Apprentices can follow two separate pathways; Mechanical Bias or Electrical Bias from year 2, depending on your role and desired specialist outcome. You will attend college for:

  • 3 days a week in Year 1
  • 2 days a week in Year 2
  • 1 day a week in Year 3

This is part of the 20% off-the-job training requirement. Additional off-the-job training hours are to be completed within the workplace. Occasionally, you may be tasked to complete assignments at home via Google Classroom and One-file.

Additional Qualifications

Please note, you may also be asked to complete supplementary English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Selection Criteria

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for this apprenticeship. However, it is likely to include:

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English, Maths, and a Science or Technology subject
  • A relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Other relevant qualifications and experience
  • An aptitude test focusing on your current skills

A Hands-On Approach

This apprenticeship involves a hands-on approach to learning. Therefore, you’ll need both a strong passion for engineering and the ability to perform academically at A-Level standard in Maths and Science.

Employer Support

A crucial element of success in this apprenticeship is having a suitably supportive employer. If you do not have one yet, you can apply for apprenticeship vacancies on our website: Peterborough College Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Work Experience Recommendation

We strongly advise completing a minimum of two weeks of work experience with your prospective employer prior to starting your apprenticeship. This helps ensure that the organisation meets your requirements. Be prepared to get your hands dirty in the learning process.

Start date: 02/09/2024

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Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 19-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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