This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their line manager to confirm departmental programmes of work and to agree individual responsibilities. This in turn will align to an overarching organisational resource and delivery plan. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians can be office based, manufacturing/plant based or more commonly combination of both, working with engineering and/or manufacturing teams at an operational level such as with production team leaders and/or management level working with specialist quality or design engineers. As well as liaising with internal colleagues, they may also be responsible for working directly with customers and/or suppliers or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies. Typically, this would involve interaction with auditors to demonstrate compliance to specific organisational or regulatory requirements (such as Civil Aviation Authority). Their time will be spent between working in an office environment and working in the manufacturing environment or visiting customers or suppliers as and when required.
- Course Level
- FT / PT
This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 42 months.
Successful completion of Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering).
Alongside studying towards the “Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering). You will create a work-based portfolio of evidence; this will form part of the end-point assessment (EPA).
The EPA assessment will be undertaken at the end of the 42 months and will include:
Assessment method 1: Observation with questioning
Assessment method 2: Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
You will also undertake end-point assessment activities throughout the 42 months
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering).
Core mandatory unit: Engineering Design
Core mandatory unit: Engineering Maths
Core mandatory unit: Engineering Science
Core mandatory unit: Professional Engineering Practice (Note: This is a Pearson-set unit).
Specialist mandatory unit: Production Engineering for Manufacture
Specialist mandatory unit: 17 Quality and Process Improvement
Optional unit: Quality and Process Improvement
Optional unit: Statistical Process Control
Further details about this standard are available on the “Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education” https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/engineering-manufacturing-technician-v1-0
Teaching and Assessment Methods
Attendance on day release over two years to complete Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering).
Production of a work-based portfolio of evidence
End-point assessment activities within college and workplace.
You must be in employment and working within the job role and approved at initial assessment. It is anticipated apprentices will hold at enrolment:
- a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Engineering
- a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
- other related Level 3 qualifications
- an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
- relevant work experience, or
- an international equivalent to the above qualifications.
Successful completion of Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering) gives the opportunity to enrol onto Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)
Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.