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 refurbish 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 client’s premises - this may include
- Rated outstanding for apprenticeships in our June 2017 ofsted inspection
Who is this Apprenticeship for?
New entrants who want to work in an Engineering Environment and candidates who have already studied and obtained a Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding. All candidates must be keen and motivated to work in the engineering/manufacturing industry or be practically minded and want to work with their hands.
- Materials used in components/assemblies, for example; mild steel, aluminium, composites, copper etc. Their use and application considerations, for example maintainability, hardness, conductivity, cost, availability, compatibility.
- Principles of design and operation, for example; design for cost, minimising waste, productivity (speed), health and safety, reverse engineering.
- Manufacturing and assembly processes for example; filing, sawing, scraping, drilling, soldering, bolting, wire cutting, threading etc.
- Safe use of tools and equipment (hand and power tools).
- Right tool for the job, requirements for machinery checks, adjustments, operation and shut down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Environmental considerations; safe disposal of waste, minimizing waste (re-use and re-cycle), energy efficiency; Who they need to communicate with and when, and communication techniques - verbal and written.
- Planning techniques – resources, tools, equipment, people; time management.
- 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.
- Improvement techniques, for example; 5s techniques, problem solving techniques, value stream mapping, kaizen, contributing to effective team working, Total Productive Maintenance.
- 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.
- Commercial considerations including contractual arrangements (for example penalty clauses, targets). How the role contributes to commercial operations.
Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:
- Level 3 Apprenticeships Standard in Engineering Fitter
- Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
- Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
- Level 2 Award in Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths (if required)
Regular formative reviews between employer, apprentice and the college.
Development of assignments demonstrating learning from their job role or work place.
Practical observation to assess the application of skills within the workplace.
Professional discussion to holistically assess Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours across the standard and will be informed by reflective portfolio.
Five GCSEs at Grade 4(C) or above including English, Maths and Science.
English & Maths
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.
This will be completed through a day release to attend Loughborough
Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician
Work based training and assessments to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace.
College based training currently three days per week day, (2 at Loughborough College, 1 remote.) These days are term time only and for the first year of learning.
Day release to complete Functional Skills if required.
Average duration is 42 months which includes an End Point Assessment.
Levy payers pay 100% of training costs via Levy.
Non Levy employers with 50+ staff or for an Apprentice aged 19+ - pay 5% of training costs.
Non Levy Employers with less than 50 staff and an Apprentice aged 18 or younger, fully funded.
Get in touch
Speak to one of our business development experts about how we can help you to grow your business.
Call: 01509 515461
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.