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Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard

  • Course Type: Apprenticeship

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of this standard, you will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships, full time learning programme or a range of further employment opportunities.

This standard has been designed to satisfy the requirements for Professional Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as define by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Who is it for?

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

Did you break your toys to see how they worked?
Do you enjoy putting together components to produce a finished product?

Engineering Fitters are different to Maintanence Engineers they put together components to form complex assemblies rather than maintaining existing assemblies. An Engineering Fitter can be found in multiple manufacturing and process sectors therefore opportunities to progress your career are available across the world.

The broad purpose of an Engineering Fitter is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part using machines, equipment or systems to required specifications. These assemblies could include turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms.

This role is suitable for a candidate with a high level of attention to detail as you will need to ensure you interpret drawings/specifications to ensure you have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the assembly correctly.

Typical job roles include: Mechanical fitter, Electrical Fitter, Instrumentation Fitter, Pipe Fitter, Controls and systems Fitter.

You could be working independently or as part of a team in a workshop or at a client’s premises – this may include hazardous environments.

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, you cannot be self-employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

What is covered?

On this Apprenticeship you will gain the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for the following Engineering Fitter duties:
Duty 1: Interpreting and following drawings/diagrams and/or specifications for required component or assembly
Duty 2: Planning work activity including resources, equipment and tooling
Duty 3: Producing individual components, for example keys, pipework, threading, wiring looms, interfacing parts, motors and wiring cables
Duty 4: Re-furbishing components
Duty 5: Assembling components to produce equipment, machine or system - in full or in part
Duty 6: Quality checking and adjusting components or assembly against required specification; for example testing and calibrating
Duty 7: Identifying and resolving problems with components or assembly; fault diagnosis
Duty 8: Handing over completed components or assembly, this may include storage and commissioning
Duty 9: Re-instating work area and equipment
Duty 10: Contributing to continuous improvement in component production or assembly

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 2 days a week in year 1 and 1 day a week in year 2, as part of your ongoing 20% off-the-job training. Additional off-the-job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One-file.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Individual employers will set their selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on your current skills. This course is a hands on approach to learning so you will need to have a passion and drive for engineering as well as the ability to perform academically at A Level standard for Maths and Science.

You will also require a suitably supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer before to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs. You need to be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



42 months - additional time may be required to complete your independent End-Point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


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