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The broad purpose of the occupation is to cover Maintenance of Manufacturing Operations Plant and Equipment.

Apprentices will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure engineering sector - Processing and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, human and animal food, cosmetics and petrochemicals.

  • What will I study?

    In this apprenticeship you will be required to cover the following core skills, knowledge and behaviours:


    A Technician will understand:

    • First principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment
    • Relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements
    • Maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment
    • The relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation

    Core Skills:

    A Technician will apply their knowledge of plant and systems to safely perform maintenance and operational activities with minimum supervision. This will require them to:

    • Comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
    • Locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment
    • Communicate with and provide information to stakeholders in line with personal role and responsibilities
    • Read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
    • Prepare work areas to undertake work related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work related activities
    • Inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements
    • Assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment
    • Communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification
    • Position, assemble, install and dismantle mechanical plant and equipment which will include pumps, valves, gearboxes, pipework, to agreed specifications
    • Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on mechanical plant and equipment.
    • Replace, repair and/or remove components in mechanical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
    • Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in mechanical plant and equipment
    • Safely and efficiently carry out routine and non-routine operating procedures on plant and equipment
    • Monitor and control the operation and performance of the plant and equipment
    • Handover and accept responsibility for plant and equipment
    • Evaluate and solve complex problems within energy conversion plant and systems
    • Rapidly and correctly respond to contingencies and abnormal conditions, to maintain energy conversion and production plant and equipment within operational parameters


    • Health & Safety - follows health & safety policies and procedures and be prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone and/or with appropriate supervision
    • Quality focused - ensures that work achieves quality standard both occupationally and personally
    • Working with others - works well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity safely and on time
    • Interpersonal skills - gets along well with others and takes into account their needs and concerns
    • Critical reasoning - uses resources, techniques and obtained facts to develop sound solutions while recognising and defining problems
    • Sustainability and ethical behaviour - behaves ethically and undertakes work in a way that contributes to sustainable development
    • Risk awareness - demonstrates high concentration, the desire to reduce risks, ability to be compliant and awareness of change, through regular monitoring and checking of information
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have a strong interest or experience in working within an Engineering environment, using a range of machinery and equipment.

    An apprenticeship is ideal if you want to:

    • Achieve a qualification
    • Gain valuable work experience and career development
    • Earn while you learn.
  • How is the course assessed?
    • 1-2 days at College (depending upon prior qualifications
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the workplace

    To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment.

  • Your Study Programme

    Your study programme will require a combination of college training and on the job learning. You will follow a company-based training plan to develop your company related skills and demonstrate you are able to achieve the required Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The awareness of health and safety regulations, relevance to the occupation and the machinist's responsibilities
    • Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications
    • Machining operations and techniques to produce complex components.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures
    • Record information - paper based or electronic
    • Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Prioritise health and safety
    • team-focus to meet Work goals, for example, Work effectively with others, resolves issues in discussion with others
    • support an equality, diverse and inclusive culture.
  • General info

    You will need to provide your own overalls, safety goggles and protective boots for college.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress your career within the Engineering industry or onto a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Applicants will typically hold:

    • GCSEs grade 9-4 in Maths, English and Science
    • Equivalent L2 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship
    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Level 1 for English and mathematics

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

    In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

  • Admissions Process

    You will need to bring:

    • Copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved
    • A copy of your CV or application

    The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job).

    You should also be prepared to sit English and maths assessments.