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Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Level 3

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Start Date
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42 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

Engineering Fitters produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems to required specifications e.g. turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms.

To ensure that the apprenticeship pathway is appropriate for the job role, both the employer and apprentice will have a consultation with the Engineering Department prior to enrolment. A bespoke training plan will be created for apprentices with any prior engineering qualifications.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should have as a minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths (higher) at grade 5 or above, GCSE English grade 4 or above, and also a science or technical subject at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or refurbish the components, fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work e.g. ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification.

Typical Job roles:

Mechanical Fitter, Electrical Fitter, Electronic Fitter, Instrumentation Fitter, Pipe Fitter, Controls and Systems Fitter.

Method of delivery

A flexible model of delivery will be undertaken based on the employer’s needs e.g. Apprentices attend College two days per week for two years or one day per week for four years and work for their employer for the rest of the time, or attend College on a one-year full-time basis and one day in Year 2, then work with their employer full-time. You will build a portfolio of competence towards the End-Point Assessment (EPA) during the Apprenticeship. Assessor visits will take place at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

Successful achievement of the End-Point Assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The assessment, with an independent assessor, will comprise of 3 elements:

  • Project: report including evidence and questioning
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 unit Performing Engineering Operations). BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

This apprenticeship has professional recognition: Institution of Engineering and Technology - Engineering Technician.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

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