Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) Engineering Fitter

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Role overview

Level: 3
Duration: 48 months
Awarding organisation:


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.

Entry requirements

  • 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

Qualifications obtained

Level 3 Diploma (EAL) in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard

Programme includes


Materials & Design: Learn about material selection and cost-effective design principles.

Manufacturing Processes: Explore essential processes like drilling and soldering.

Tool Safety: Understand safe tool usage and machinery checks.

Component Specifications: Interpret electrical loading and torque settings.

Precision Techniques: Master accurate measurement and cutting methods.

Engineering Principles: Understand mathematical and scientific concepts.

Data Interpretation: Learn to interpret engineering data effectively.

Documentation: Explore essential documentation types.

Quality Standards: Ensure compliance with ISO9001 and quality specifications.

Health & Safety: Adhere to regulations like COSHH and PUWER.

Environmental Considerations: Promote waste reduction and energy efficiency.

Communication Skills: Develop effective verbal and written communication.

Planning Techniques: Manage resources and time efficiently.

Quality Checks: Ensure product integrity through rigorous checks.

Continuous Improvement: Implement techniques like 5S and Kaizen.

Role in Operations: Understand reporting channels and interactions with other functions.

Commercial Considerations: Contribute to commercial operations effectively.


Interpretation: Understand specifications and instructions.

Planning & Preparation: Efficiently plan and set up tasks.

Tool Management: Monitor and report tool conditions.

Measurement & Testing: Use tools for accurate assessment.

Problem Solving: Analyze and resolve issues.

Continuous Improvement: Recommend and implement improvements.

Communication: Interact effectively with colleagues and customers.

Documentation & Reporting: Complete necessary paperwork.

Clean-up & Resource Management: Restore work area and manage resources.

Waste Management: Dispose of waste responsibly.

Responsibility & Compliance: Operate within defined limits and adhere to policies.


Responsibility & Resilience: Takes ownership, works diligently, and stays committed in challenges.

Teamwork: Integrates well, supports others, and collaborates effectively.

Communication: Open, respectful, and adaptable communication style.

Quality Focus & Problem Solving: Prioritizes quality, pays attention to detail, and solves problems logically.

Continuous Development: Actively seeks growth opportunities and welcomes feedback.

Where can you work?

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Controls and Systems Fitter; Electrical Fitter; Mechanical Fitter; Pipe Fitter; Electronic Fitter

Key information


  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.


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


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

Progression opportunities

Level 4, 5 & 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Full-time employment

Additional opportunities

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

Off the job training

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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