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Course Length

48 months.

Role Profile

This apprenticeship is for those apprentices who are employed in an engineering environment, covering an electrical and/or mechanical maintenance role. This could include Electrical Technicians, Mechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians who maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of the plant and equipment in a production or manufacturing environment. 

Typical Job roles

Technicians undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment.

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.

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.


EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 unit Performing Engineering Operations)
EAL NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Maintenance OR EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced
Manufacturing & Engineering - Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

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 assessment, with an independent assessor, will comprise of:

Knowledge assessment (multiple choice paper) - apprentices will be required to complete a standardised scenario based knowledge assessment consisting of 30 multiple choice questions, taken under examination conditions.

Practical Assessment - this observation will provide the opportunity for the apprentice to synoptically demonstrate core and specific knowledge, skills and behaviours on actual plant and equipment in a realistic work situation.

Technical Interview - the interview will be based on the contents of the evidence portfolio, which may be compiled throughout the apprenticeship and finalised during the end-point assessment period.

Career Progression

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). If support by the employer, progression could include HNC/D/Degree (BEng) in a relevant discipline, and/or a Higher Apprenticeship.


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