Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inEngineering Technician (Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician)

Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.

Technicians must comply with applicable legislation and organisational safety requirements and be expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team, working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying ways to improve the business. They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification. This requires the application of a broad range of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across a range of engineering disciplines.

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Key Facts

Apprenticeship Level:

Advanced

Start Dates:

Indicative Cost:

College Code: C-AP3XT12

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.

Course Content

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a Toolmaking environment; Understand the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used for the manufacture and repair of tooling, Moulds, Dies and jigs and fixtures
  • Understand the safe operation, correct selection and the application of a range of hand tools used for toolmaking and die maintenance, including grinders, drills, stones etc
  • Understand the safe operation and operating principles of a range of complex and often state of the art workshop machinery (such as CNC lathes, milling, grinding and erosion machining centres, drilling and welding equipment)
  • Understand how to set up and operate the machinery/ equipment efficiently and effectively
  • Understand the principles of how the relevant tools, dies, jigs and fixtures being manufactured/maintained function, the operating sequences, the purpose of individual components/systems and how they interact
  • Understand the application of pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and electronic systems as applied to various moulding, injection, pressing and similar associated machinery
  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce and/or maintain tool and die components, assemblies and systems
  • Apply methods and techniques to produce, assemble, disassemble repair and/or maintain tools, dies, jigs and fixtures as applicable to the employer requirements
  • Manufacture components (such as tooling, dies, jigs and fixtures)
  • Undertake testing to confirm correct operation, and of the effectiveness of repairs and maintenance activities carried out
  • Undertake equipment/asset care and/or Preventative Planned Maintenance processes and procedures
  • Carry out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities covering the following technologies as applicable to the tool, die, jig and fixture environment: Maintaining mechanical equipment, Maintaining fluid & pneumatic power equipment, Maintaining electrical & electronic equipment, Maintaining process control equipment
  • Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Engineering Technician - Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician Pathway
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Toolmaker and Tool & Die Maintenance (Development Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths (if required)

Assessment Methods

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.

Entry Requirements

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 College.

Progression Opportunities

Automation and Controls Engineering Technician Level 4
Electrical Power Networks Engineer Level 4
Engineering Manufacture Technician Level 4
Propulsion Technician Level 4

Delivery Model

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.

Payment Breakdown

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.

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