Engineering Operative | Level 2

What does an Engineering apprenticeship entail?

There’s an increasing demand for qualified and skilled apprentices. Engineering apprenticeships allow trainees to acquire specialist skills, whilst gaining hands on experience in the workplace. Engineering Operatives are primarily involved in engineering operations, which are essential to the manufacturing and engineering sector’s performance and enable companies to expand their businesses while training a workforce with the necessary abilities to support the industry.

Occupational role profile

An engineering operative will understand:

  • How to obtain the necessary job instructions, engineering drawings and specifications and how to interpret them
  • Relevant statutory, quality, environmental compliance procedures/systems, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to engineering operations
  • Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to support the achievement of company targets
  • Engineering operational practices, processes and procedures
  • Potential problems that can occur within the engineering operations and how they can be avoided

An engineering operative will be able to:

  • Work safely at all times, complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, environmental compliance procedures and systems and other relevant guidelines
  • Identify and deal appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment within the limits of their responsibility
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written, electronic
  • Complete appropriate documentation accurately, efficiently and legibly using the correct terminology where required
  • Obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the necessary data/information from specification and related documentation
  • Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the engineering operation
  • Deal appropriately with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing environment within the limits of their responsibility
  • Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace organisation and minimising waste

Apprenticeship level: Standard Level 2

Jobs and entry criteria for the apprenticeship

The apprentice must work within ONE of the following job role options:

Job role: Description:
Maintenance roleThis role can cover either mechanical, electrical, electronic or fluid power work or a combination of them.
Mechanical manufacturing engineering roleThe apprentice should have knowledge of specific equipment operating parameters,
mechanical manufacturing techniques,
specific quality specifications for mechanical manufacturing operations.
Electrical and electronic engineering roleThis role covers cable types and where they should be used, electrical and electronic assembly and testing techniques, specific safe working practices and isolation procedures.
Fabrication role


This role covers specific marking out and preparation techniques, different fabrication and joining techniques, specific safe working practices and isolation procedures.
Materials, processing or finishing roleThe apprentice should have knowledge of specific machinery, equipment and tooling required for the materials, processing or finishing operation, different materials, processing or finishing techniques, specific quality specifications for materials, processing or finishing operations.
Technical support roleThe apprentice should have knowledge of specific machinery, equipment and tooling required for the technical support operation, different technical support techniques, specific safe working practices, procedures and quality requirements that need to be observed.

Details of the apprenticeship

Duration: Between 12 to 18 months

Entry requirements: Each individual employer will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships.

Mandatory qualifications: Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that apprentices achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

EQA provider: Ofqual

Maximum funding: £6000

After completing this apprenticeship, there are so many opportunities to branch out into other industries.  A large majority of sectors have a demand for engineers, which means that there are opportunities for engineers to use their skillset in many different environments.

An apprenticeship in engineering manufacturing means that apprentices could go on to work in aerospace, marine maintenance or the automotive industries.

Another sector for apprentice engineers could consider is engineering construction. Where they will help to construct built environments, which may include the erection of steel structures and or assisting teams with welding.

More information:

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