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Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inEngineering Fitter

The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or re-furbish the components fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification. Fitters are required to check their work against quality standards and make adjustments as required based on their knowledge. On completion of the task a fitter will hand over the product and prepare the work area for the next task by checking equipment meets the standards required to operate. They may be based in a workshop or clients premises - this may include hazardous environments.

Key Facts

Mode of Attendance:

The Apprenticeship course is normally full time, which might include attending college on a day release or your tutor visiting you in the workplace.


Advanced Apprenticeship


You have to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. You can either apply for one of our vacancies, or you can source your own employer.

Course Code:


The Programme


K1: Materials used in components/assemblies, for example; mild steel, aluminium, composites, copper etc. Their use and application considerations, for example machinability, hardness, conductivity, cost, availability, compatibility

K2: Principles of design and operation, for example; design for cost, minimising waste, productivity (speed), health and safety, reverse engineering

K3: Manufacturing and assembly processes for example; filing, sawing, scraping, drilling, soldering, bolting, wire cutting, threading etc

K4: Safe use of tools and equipment (hand and power tools); right tool for the job, requirements for machinery checks, adjustments, operation and shut down

K5: Component/assembly specifications, for example; electrical loading, load charts, torque settings, tolerances. What they are and how to use them

K6: Techniques for measuring, marking, cutting and drilling materials to the required size and shape, accurately, safely and economically and manufacturing processes

K7: Engineering mathematical and scientific principles; methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols, formulae and calculations

K8: Engineering data, for example; electrical readings, vibration, speed and calibration. What they are and how to interpret and use

K9: Component/assembly documentation. For example, bill of materials, standard operating procedures, inspection records, assembly instructions, electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic circuit diagrams. What they are and how to interpret and use

K10: Quality standards for components/assembly for example, drawing, calibration of equipment, materials specification. How to ensure they have been met and assured. Application of ISO9001 (Quality Management Standard) in the workplace

K11: Health and safety, including Health & Safety at Work Act, personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), Noise at Work Regulations, Electricity at Work regulations, risk assessments; how they must be applied in the workplace

K12: Environmental considerations; safe disposal of waste, minimizing waste (re-use and re-cycle), energy efficiency.

K13: Who they need to communicate with and when, and communication techniques - verbal and written

K14: Planning techniques – resources, tools, equipment, people; time management

K15: Component/assembly quality checks for example; checking tolerances, threads, voltages. Types of faults that occur and problem solving techniques, for example; cause and effect, 5 Whys, flow process analysis etc

K16: Improvement techniques, for example; 5s techniques, problem solving techniques, value stream mapping, kaizen, contributing to effective team working, Total Productive Maintenance

K17: Fitters’ role in wider operation. Limits of autonomy; reporting channels. Other functions that fitters could interact with for example health & safety, quality assurance, business improvement/excellence, their purpose and interdependencies. Internal and external customers

K18: Commercial considerations including contractual arrangements (for example penalty clauses, targets). How the role contributes to commercial operations


S1: Reading, interpreting and understanding the component/assembly specification, diagrams, drawings and work instructions

S2: Planning component/assembly task – materials, tools and equipment

S3: Preparing work area for component/assembly task; sourcing required resources, tools/equipment

S4: Carryout relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity and know how to source required resources and interpret detailed drawings, specifications and job instructions

S5: Checking tools during and after task completion; identifying and reporting defects

S6: Measuring and testing, checking/inspecting component/assembly for example; use of micrometers, verniers, multimeters, volt meter

S7: Problem solving; analysing the issue and fixing the issue where appropriate

S8: Applying improvement techniques; recommending/implementing solutions where appropriate

S9: Communicating with colleagues and/or customers (internal or external)

S10: Completing component/assembly documentation for example job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation

S11: Reporting work outcomes and/or issues

S12: Restoring the work area on completion of the activity; returning any resources and consumables to the appropriate location and house-keeping.

S13: Disposing of waste in accordance with waste streams; re-cycling/re-using where appropriate

S14: Operating within limits of responsibility

S15: Operating in line with quality, health & safety and environmental policy and procedures; identifying risks and hazards and identifying control measure where applicable


B1: Takes personal responsibility and resilient. For example health and safety first attitude, disciplined and responsible approach to risk, works diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accepts responsibility for managing their own time and workload and stays motivated and committed when facing challenges

B2: Works effectively in teams. For example integrates with the team, supports other people, considers implications of their own actions on other people and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed

B3: Effective communicator and personable. For example open and honest communicator; communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listens well to others and have a positive, respectful attitude, adjusts approach to take account of equality and diversity considerations

B4: Focuses on quality and problem solving. For example follows instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follows a logical approach to problem solving and seeks opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency

B5: Committed to continuous personal development. For example reflects on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapts to different situations, environments or technologies and has a positive attitude to feedback and advice

Where you
can work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Controls and systems fitter; Electrical fitter; Mechanical fitter; Pipe fitter; Electronic fitter



  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.


  • The enrolment process will be completed prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.


  • The apprenticeship will delivered at Loughborough College for one day per week (Term time only)




Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace

Entry Requirements
& Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must: -Study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.
  • Initial Assessment on enrolment Level 2 Maths & English


Level 3 Diploma (EAL) in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard


Level 4, 5 & 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Full-time employment


On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio

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