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Course Length

48 months.

Role Profile

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.

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

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 C/4 or above, including GCSE Maths (higher) at grade 5 or above GCSE English grade 4/C or above and also a science or technical subject at grade 4/C or above.

To ensure that the apprenticeship standard and 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.


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

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment

Method of Delivery

A flexible model of delivery will be undertaken based on the employer’s needs e.g. Apprentices may attend College 2 days per week for two years or 1 day per week for 4 years and work for their employer for the rest of the time, or attend College on a one year full-time basis then work with their employer full-time. Assessor visits will take place at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The end point assessment 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

Career Progression

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).