Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inMaintenance and Operations Engineering Technician

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians covers 7 roles: Electrical Technicians; Mechanical Technicians; Control & Instrumentation Technicians; Wind Turbine Technicians Electrical System and Process Control Technicians; Electromechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians. They 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: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.

Electrical/Mechanical/Control and Instrumentation/Wind Turbine Technicians will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors and the Technicians can be expected to migrate through these sectors during the course of their careers. Dependent upon the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of the composition and application of the plant and equipment. However, the fundamental principles of operation will be the same regardless of the engineering sector.

To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, Electrical Systems and Process Control Technicians and Electromechanical Technicians will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment.

These Technicians will undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when plant is being removed from service.

Plant Operation Technicians will undertake the safe and efficient operation of complex integrated energy conversion and production plant and systems. These activities could include plant commissioning, isolation and testing, plant preparation, plant start-up and shut down, monitoring and controlling plant and dealing with critical operational problems.

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Course Content

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 Provided

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

Course Content

Core Knowledge:

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

Core Behaviours

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

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Electrical Technician; Mechanical Technician; Control and Instrumentation Technician; Wind Turbine Technician; Electrical System and Process Control Technician; Electromechanical Technician; Plant Operations Technician

Key Information

Starts

  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.

Enrolment

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

Delivery

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

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

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills)

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation

EAL

Progression Opportunities

Level 4, 5 & 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Full-time employment

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