Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
Engineering Technicians are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:
- Apply safe systems of working
- Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
- Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problem
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
- Have a commitment to continued professional development
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, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long term career development.
Engineering Technician will work on developing the following core skills to:
- Obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
- Working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements planning and where applicable obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work activity
- Undertaking the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
- Carrying out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
- Dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
- Completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
- Restoring the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location
Engineering Technician will work on developing the following core knowledge to:
- Understanding the importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
- Understanding of general engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
- Understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used in the sector
- Understanding the typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
- Understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problems
- Understanding the importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications for the organisation if this is not adhered to
- Understanding and interpreting relevant engineering/manufacturing data and documentation in order to complete their job role
- Understanding the different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact.
- Understanding why it is important for an organisation to continually review their processes and procedures
Engineering Technician will work on developing the following behaviours to:
- Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges.
- Comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance.
- Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, and consider implications of their actions on other people and the business.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills. Open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and have a positive and respectful attitude.
- Focus on quality and problem solving. Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency.
- Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice
In addition to the core skills and knowledge above, specific skills and knowledge will also apply to individual job role within the Engineering Technician standard.
Engineering Operative will be required to achieve the following before EPA:
- Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification.
- Level 3 Development Competence qualification.
- Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification.
- Level 2 English and Maths.
- Complete a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
- Complete a portfolio evidence.
Model of Delivery
We must ensure that an apprentice spends 20% of their contracted working hours developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours illustrated on the Standard. This is achieved via a flexible approach and also by using learning that occurs as part of the job role within the workplace.
- Regular visits at workplace (Every 8 to 10 weeks)
- Reviews in the workplace with Mentor
- 1 day per week at college
End Point Assessment
End-Point Assessment is the final test for apprentices during their apprenticeship. It is designed to be an objective and impartial assessment of an apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during the course of their apprenticeship programme. At the end of an apprenticeship, the apprentice will go through a 'gateway' process where they are signed-off by their employer as ready for a final assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. The assessment will be conducted and graded by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation.
End Point Assessment Methods:
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Occupational Competence
Maths and English are a vital part of your apprenticeship and can really support your progression on your chosen course. If you do not already hold the described levels of maths and English we have a friendly and experienced team of lecturers who can support you throughout and who will arrange exams once you are ready. We deliver Functional Skills in a variety of ways including classroom based and also using an online platform.
In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.
Engineering technician may want to progress to higher level or alternatively carry on with full time employment.