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L3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard

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Apprenticeships are work-based courses which involve learning and gaining qualifications while working for
an employer. An apprentice works at the employer’s premises, gaining practical experience and skills while working towards a qualification which is relevant to their job.

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment and cover the following job roles:

• Electrical Technicians
• Mechanical Technicians
• Control & Instrumentation Technicians
• Process Control Technicians
• Electromechanical Technicians
• Plant Operations Technicians

Electrical/Mechanical/Control and Instrumentation will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry
sectors and the Technicians can be expected to migrate through these sectors during the course of their careers.
Dependent upon the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of the
composition and application of the plant and equipment. However, the fundamental principles of operation will be the same regardless of the engineering sector.
To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, Electrical Systems and Process Control Technicians and Electromechanical Technicians
will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment.

These Technicians will undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance
and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when plant is being removed from service.

Plant Operation Technicians will undertake the safe and efficient operation of complex integrated energy conversion and production plant and systems. These activities could include plant commissioning, isolation and testing, plant preparation, plant start-up and shut down, monitoring and controlling plant and dealing with critical operational problems.

They will be responsible for the quality of their own work, possibly others’ and ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements, whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

  • Duration

    This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 36 - 42 months.

There are 3 delivery models:

First year in Training Centre full-time (8am till 4pm) Day-Release in second year (rest of time on-site) Third year on-site full time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

First year in Training Centre full-time (8am till 4pm) Second and third years on-site full-time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

First-year to complete workshop units via block-release or in employer’s workshop
Two-years day release (8am till 4pm) Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

Delivery Location:
British Steel, Catch and Airco

All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt 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 selection criteria for their apprentices. This is an academic and competency based qualification; good study skills are required along with the ability to work on projects.


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Please use the following links to make an enquiry about this course.

Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7979

Course Fees

£26,000 - Apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice aged 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 10%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement based on circumstances.

Information for EU Students

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