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Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Subject Area
Start Date
Study Mode
42 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

This is a Institute of Technology programme. Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, and to complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.

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

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?

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

Typical job roles:

  • Engineering Technician
  • Aerospace Technician
  • Aviation Engineer
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Machinist
  • Mechatronics Engineer and Toolmaker
  • Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Product Design and Development Technician
  • Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
  • Technical Support Technician

Method of Delivery

A flexible model of delivery will be undertaken based on the employer’s needs e.g. apprentices may 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. Assessor visits will take place at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

Successful achievement of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The EPA must take place in the final months of the apprenticeship, using the following methods:

  • An Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva) drawing from a portfolio of evidence of occupational competence.
  • Professional competence assessment undertaken by independent assessor(s) from the relevant PEI/MIAA [using the Performance Indicators Recording Form].
  • Final employer endorsement of occupational and professional competence and overall completion of the apprenticeship.

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

Technical Support Pathway

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 unit Performing Engineering Operations)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Manufacturing & Engineering – Technical Support (Development Competence)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Mechatronics Pathway

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 unit Performing Engineering Operations)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase: Gateway Assessment
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Manufacturing & Engineering – Mechatronics
  • Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)
  • 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

Completion of the apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). In the case of the military specific pathway in the Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Standard, professional competence will be recognised by the Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIAA).

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

Davis Rishworth

"I chose this course as I wanted to learn all the necessary skills to become an engineer. York College has excellent facilities and great tutors. My time here so far has been a very big learning curve, but the staff are really helpful. In the future I’m hoping to be an electrical engineer."

Studying Engineering Apprenticeship, Employer: AECOM
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