Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector 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 problems
- 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.
Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.
Typically, this apprenticeship will take 42-48 months to complete.
Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.
Specific Specialist Knowledge:
- Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a mechatronics maintenance environment and the type of equipment being maintained
- Understand mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid power and process control principles in a mechatronics maintenance environment
- Understand how equipment being maintained functions and operating parameters in individual components and how they interact
- Understand fault diagnostic methods, techniques and equipment used when maintaining equipment and systems
- Understand condition monitoring methods and equipment used and understand how the information gained supports the planning of maintenance activities
- understand how to minimise machinery downtime by implementing planned preventative maintenance programmes
Specific Specialist Skills:
- Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to maintain components, equipment and systems
- Carry out condition monitoring of plant and equipment
- Carry out planned maintenance activities on plant and equipment
- Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities on high technology engineered systems such as:
– Maintaining mechanical equipment
– Maintaining fluid & pneumatic power equipment
– Maintaining electrical & electronic equipment
– Maintaining process control equipment
- Carrying out confirmation testing and subsequent smooth hand over of equipment & plant support the installation, testing and commissioning of equipment (where applicable).
- Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures
All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.
There is the opportunity to progress to full time employment in the sector.