York College

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Metal working production and maintenance fitters

Up to £36,000

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Electricians and electrical fitters

Up to £20,000

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IT engineers

Up to £35,000

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Course Length

48 months,

Role Profile

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. 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 re-furbish 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.

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)
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 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. You will build a portfolio of competence towards the End Point Assessment during the Apprenticeship. 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 3 elements:

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

Career Progression

This standard has professional recognition:

Institution of Engineering and Technology - Engineering Technician

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