Engineering Manufacturing Technician Career Paths

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Are you looking to become an engineering manufacturing technician apprentice or currently in a training programme? If you answered yes to either of these, then it’s great to plan ahead and start looking at possible careers for your next steps. In this blog, we go through our top 3 career paths for engineers after their apprenticeship.

Costing engineer

As it says in the job role title, this career is focussed of the cost of working. Before working on a job, the costing engineer prices up the job based on the work that needs doing, tools required, and an approximate time that it would take to complete this job. This role is highly important, so the engineers know what they’re working with. They keep track of the project and ensure that the tools and project remain within the budget and is cost effective for the task they are completing.

Costing engineering is a great role to go into. You have high stakes in how engineering products go ahead by collecting data, analytics, proposals, and specifications for the engineer’s work and create templates for how the work will be competed, analysing the job again at the end to make sure that the budget was well kept, and everything went according to plan.

The required skills to become a costing engineer are good communication, negotiation, and influencing skills in order to work with the client to get what they want and the price you require. You also need to have good analysis skills, project management, and be good financially, knowing what prices things so nothing is over or under charged. Finally, you also need to be able to interpret technical data and be able to translate that to the other workers in your team, alongside the client.

With all of these, you’re on the path to becoming a costing engineer.

Production support engineer

Within this role, you are responsible for a lot of the faults or troubleshooting errors that may occur before or during jobs. They respond to any requests sent in my clients to ensure everything on there is up to scratch and ready for the engineers to go in and work on the job at hand. Once these errors have been found, they talk to the engineers about the issue, so they know for the current job and the future, as well as recording them on the system so these any faults that occur, don’t occur again or as regularly in the future. With these problems found, they work to find solutions or improvements that could be used – planning, designing, and testing their ideas. Production support engineers play a huge role in engineering, always having a job to do.

In order to become a production support engineer, you need to ensure that you have the required skills in order to do the job effectively and safely. These are problem solving in order to always find the correct solution that will take place of the fault and work safely. You also need to ensure that your customer service skills are highly trained so you can communicate with clients, receive feedback, and do all this in a professional and polite manner. Finally, you need to have a trained eye with a lot of attention to detail and technical expertise, so any errors or faults are resolved in a high-quality and timely manner.

Highly skilled, organised, confident, and calm? Maybe the production support engineer role is for you.

Process engineer

The role of a process engineer is very important in the engineering world. As a process engineer, you transform raw materials into everyday product by designing, implementing, controlling, and optimising the manufacturing process. Whilst doing this, you also ensure that the role that you are doing is time efficient, in order to get tasks done and tested before the job. You also have to ensure that you are cost effective, so you are not over exceeding the budget required. On top of all of this, you also work to ensure that what you do produce coincides with the health and safety standards.

This job, much like all engineering jobs, have a certain set of skills that are required in order to work effectively. These include problem solving. When something goes wrong while designing or creating, you have to ensure that you can figure out what the problem is and how it can be resolved in a timely matter to ensure all materials are ready when necessary. This also requires critical thinking. You also need to ensure that you have a good attention to detail so your products are to the highest standard possible, matching or exceeding the company standard for better customer reviews.

With these, you could be a process engineer after your apprenticeship.

Science Process Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 2

Are you passionate about science or manufacturing and interested in combining your interests? This could be the perfect role for you! Build your interest into a career with a level 2 Science process manufacturing apprenticeship. Find out more below…

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About this industry

Firstly, one thing you need to know is that science process manufacturing is varied. It includes industries such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Composites
  • Petrochemical
  • Polymer
  • Pharmaceutical

The science process industry combines raw materials and apply a science based process or processes biological, chemical or physical to create products. Furthermore, these products are made continuously or in batches.

Within the science process manufacturing industry The Health and Safety Executive and other industry regulators will regularly inspect employers. The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations will also apply to some process manufacturing companies. Employers must manage risks to the employee, product, environment, and sometimes the wider community.

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Key Duties of a Science Process Manufacturing Apprentice

You’ll be responsible for various duties in this role. Here are a few examples of what you will be given the opportunity to get involved in:

  • Help to carry out process manufacturing operations by using operating plant or equipment in line with standard operating procedures
  • Arrange and prepare materials for process activity
  • Carry out checks of equipment and process before they run or as part of handover responsibilities
  • Contribute to quality control – This is where you will conduct quality checks and escalate concerns
  • Carry out end of process activities – For example, finish, pack, discharge or move goods

Core knowledge, skills and behaviours

Within your apprenticeship you’ll build a solid working knowledge, along with skills and behaviours. This will be in a mix of practical and education situations. You’ll get the most out of your studies through this. For example, knowledge of science process manufacturing, improve your ability to collect and interpret information, follow procedures in line with process industry environmental and sustainability regulations and adapt to changing work requests. Plus much more!

Lastly, for a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

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Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator | Career Opportunity

 For those who want to start a career in the mineral processing industry. 

The Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator apprenticeship program allows an individual to obtain the necessary skills needed to work in the manufacturing and engineering industry as a static or mobile plant operator. With the knowledge gained from this course, you will be able to use and maintain mobile and static heavy plant equipment. To learn more about the apprenticeship standard, as well as the skills you can gain during the program, continue reading below!

Apprenticeship entry requirements:

You must have achieved a level 1 English and Math and undertake the level 2 course for both subjects. Employers may set additional entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

Job position details:

This role involves operating either fixed or mobile heavy plant equipment safely and efficiently while adhering to company policies and procedures. Moreover, producing high quality merchandise such as construction products, ready mixed concrete, asphalt, cement, or prestressed concrete products. The apprentice’s main duties include executing preventative and routine maintenance on all machines, conducting risk assessments, and reporting stock availability and quality.

The level 2 apprenticeship has a minimum duration of 12 months without including the end-point-assessment (in which the apprentice is evaluated to decide whether it has developed the skills, knowledge, and behaviours described in the apprenticeship standard). It has an average duration of 18 months.

Plant machinery is high-value equipment that can be divided into two main categories, each with various associated job roles:

Static plant operator: Some of the positions company’s offers are concrete batcher, asphalt plant operator, mortar plant operator, crushing and screening plant operator, washing plant operator precast & prestressed concrete production operative, and more.

Mobile plant operator: Overseeing mobile plant equipment such as quarry dumpers, articulated dumpers, 360 excavators, telehandlers, loading shovels, and dozers are required.

Knowledge Modules

KNOWLEDGE What is required
Operations Understand the operational and technical aspects of the fixed or mobile plant equipment and the hazards and risks involved.  
Health and safety Report and evaluate all potential work hazards using approved assessment processes, identifying risk of activities, and encouraging other employees to display safety-conscious behaviours. Understand risk assessments, legislation, regulations, safe systems of work, and limits of responsibility.
Sustainability Describe how operating mobile and static equipment has impact on the environment including the importance of minimising fuel/waste and environmental impact of work activities.  
Effective Communications Disclose the reporting lines in both day-to-day and emergency situations. Moreover, explain how to communicate effectively, develop, and maintain effective working relationships.  
Product Knowledge Understand product knowledge specifications required and identify flags of quality or stock levels

Following the apprenticeship standard requires a variety of skills:

Operations: conduct pre-start and post operations checks on plant machinery equipment. Follow company standards when operating with static or mobile plant equipment and be able to use in effectively.

Sustainability: assess, identify and report on environmental impact and minimize the demand of natural resources when possible.

Maintenance techniques: conduct routine and reactive maintenance according to company procedures and use work-related material in safely manner following control of Substances Hazardous to Health data (COSHH) and manufacturer specifications.

Planning and organising work: plan and complete required activities in line with key company performance indicators and be able to monitor stocks of materials and report issues is needed.

Products: produce high quality end product in line with customer and company specifications and monitor end product quality and the report of any issues. 

Conclusion

As you can see, the Level 2 Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator Apprenticeship is a distinguished career opportunity for those with an interest on starting a career related to the engineering and manufacturing industry.

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Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician Apprenticeship

Maintenance Technicians have a wide range of responsibilities, whether they work in a specialist role or one requiring a wider skill set. Typically, the role includes anything from carrying out routine or emergency repairs to fixtures, fittings, and equipment to conducting routine inspections of buildings and liaising with external specialists and contractors.   

Jobs and entry criteria

The level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician Apprenticeship is ideal for individuals wanting to pursue a career in engineering and it provides the skills and knowledge in 7 roles:

  • Electrical Technicians
  • Mechanical Technicians
  • Control & Instrumentation Technicians
  • Wind Turbine Technicians
  • Electrical System and Process Control Technicians
  • Electromechanical Technicians
  • Plant Operation Technicians
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Regardless of the role, the Maintenance & Operations Technician is responsible for maintaining the safety, integrity, and effective operation of plant and equipment. It can involve working in exciting sectors such as the generation of electricity, oil and gas refining, nuclear waste, pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics, to name a few.

A Rewarding Career

Salaries in the UK for a Maintenance & Operations Technician average at £33,000 demonstrating that this can be a rewarding career choice. The level 3 apprenticeship will provide you with an excellent grounding to a rewarding and lucrative career with lots of opportunities for career progression. There are many opportunities open to you such as becoming a supervisor or project manager, or you could choose to specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.

Despite the wealth of opportunities on offer, the entry requirements are not too onerous as the entry requirements are typically 3 GCSEs at grade C or higher including maths, English and science, or equivalent relevant experience. However, don’t despair if you haven’t got GCSEs in English or maths as you will get the opportunity to complete these during your apprenticeship if needed.

Your Key Responsibilities

Electrical/Mechanical/Control and Instrumentation and Wind Turbine Technicians will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the engineering industry sectors.

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 the work will be 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.

They will be responsible for the quality of their own work and possibly others’ whilst ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements. All whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

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Level 3 core competencies

Level 3 core competencies

As part of your role, an apprentice carries out a number of tasks to satisfy the competencies such as:

  • complying with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
  • communicating with and provide information to stakeholders in line with your personal role and responsibilities
  • reads, understands and interprets information and works in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
  • carrys out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures
  • diagnoses and determines the cause of faults

Depending on the area you specialise in, there will be other competencies you will need to display, ranging from installing and dismantling equipment to evaluating and solving complex problems within your work environment.

You can find out more information about the specific competencies for each area and the other competencies and knowledge by reading the occupational standard and assessment plan which will help you understand and prepare for the end-point assessment.

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Conclusion

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to enter the engineering field because you learn on the job. Your days will be balanced between working alongside someone experienced in the field to obtain practical skills and studying towards a recognised and valued qualification. The level 3 maintenance & operations technician apprenticeship takes between 36 and 42 months to complete allowing you to earn a wage as you study.

The apprenticeship will provide you with the core skills you need to progress in your chosen career, but you don’t need to stop there! There are many more apprenticeships available to help you progress or you could choose to qualify as an engineer by completing a degree.

The engineering sector will always be in demand as although some jobs may disappear, new sectors quickly open up enabling you to have a career anywhere in the world. This is why a Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician apprenticeship could really be your passport to success.

Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship

Are you wanting a future career in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy? Are you looking to be an Engineer? If so, read on to find out how the Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship could help start a new career.

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Job Role

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic’s work will be undertaking the testing, fault diagnosis and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and fluid power equipment on ships and submarines.

In your apprenticeship you will learn how to test common and specialist equipment and hand/machine tools by using of a range of measuring and diagnostic equipment to check the performance of the equipment and tools meet the required specification. You will understand and comply with statutory regulations and safety requirements.

Your daily tasks will include checking all machinery to ensure the ship remains operational. To do so, you will learn to maintain and operate technical equipment and fully understand a variety of advanced mechanical systems. The role will entail working individually and as part of a team, supporting the Chief Engineer in the maintenance and fault diagnosis of all the ships machinery and systems. You will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work.

Skills/Knowledge you will gain:

  1. Understand mathematical calculations and Engineering data/drawings appropriate to your role.
  2. Electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and fluid power engineering technology and principles.
  3. Know the basic operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems used on board vessels.
  4. Understand the types/uses and the maintenance of electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment.
  5. Learn how to use electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment
  6. Undertake testing and maintenance on components, equipment and systems, making adjustments where applicable.
  7. Entry procedures and precautions for confined spaces.
  8. Understand and comply with health and safety regulations.

Behaviours Needed

There are certain behaviours that are expected of employees by Engineering organisations. This is in order for the employee to be successful in their role and meet the company objectives. The expected behaviours are:

  • Be able to follow Health, Safety and Environment practices
  • Having a strong work ethic
  • Being a dependable employee and taking responsibility of duties
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be able to work effectively within a team and respectful of colleagues
  • Effective in every kind of communication
  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Be self-motivated
  • Able to make personal commitment and comply with the rules
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Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Duration of Apprenticeship

Typically 18 to 24 months including EPA period. To learn more about the EPA please see the linked PDF.

Typical Job Options

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic will typically work in either the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer or Weapons Engineer, or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary or Merchant Navy as a Motorman. 

Summary

If you are wanting to pursue a career in the Navy or become an Engineer, Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship is a great way to start your journey. With this apprenticeship you have the opportunity to earn while you learn and open many doors for progression in your career. You will be working with likeminded people, who can offer you advise and support you with your career.

The engineering knowledge and skills used in the role can be transferred to other entry level engineering roles in other industries. You may even wish to take the next step and commence with Level 3 in Mechanical and Electrical Maritime Fitter.

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Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Are you looking for an alternative to university, and want to start you engineering career? If so, we have the perfect apprenticeship for you. This role will allow you to plan, manage and undertake a variety of engineering tasks involving the electrical network, and gain a level 4 qualification alongside 30 months of experience.

Job Summary

Electrical power network engineering involves 6 roles: Asset Management Engineer, Planning Engineer, Design Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer and Operational Delivery Engineer. This role will involve safely planning, managing, maintaining, constructing, and repairing parts of the power network, solving electricity network problems, and working in teams with other engineers.

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Key Job Information:

  • Salary: Up to £27,000
  • Duration: 30 – 36 months
  • Entry requirements: 2 A levels at grade A-C in maths and a science, English GCSE grade A/B or an equivalent level 3 engineering qualification
  • Level: Level 4

Competencies required:

  • Organizational skills
  • Safe/risk aware
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork and good communication
  • Manage expectations of stakeholders

What you will learn:

  • Electrical power principles
  • Design, operation, capabilities and limitations of electricity network
  • Safety and risk management
  • Company policy
  • Time management and communication with stakeholders
  • How to produce precise reports
  • How to create project plans
  • Learn to use company tools and IT systems

Different electrical network engineer roles:

Asset management engineer – You will help develop policy solutions for customers and stakeholders. Plan and develop network reinforcement plans and evaluate and make recommendations on equipment proposals. Also identify effect of low carbon on the network’s operation.

Planning engineer – You will build plans and manage conflicts, negotiate and confirm area plans and document and communicate planning decisions. Ensure assets comply with all policies and criteria, and accountability for resource and outage planning ownership.

Design engineer – You will turn company strategies into designs and make proposals about benefits of plant and equipment to be used. You will design approvals, wayleaves, consents, appropriate regulations and costing information, and account for effects of safety requirements and standards on designs and proposals.

Control engineer – You will control the electrical network, ensuring safety and efficiency and ensure security risks are minimized. Also manage operations to ensure a safe electricity supply and provide technical and operational advice. And gain necessary Control Engineer Authorization in-line with company requirements.

Electrical project engineer – You will project manage to ensure work is delivered on time and meets stakeholder requirements. Also Interpret criteria for project designs to fit the environment while also managing stakeholder relationships. You’ll produce final construction plans, takeover contractor management and issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel. And ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

Operational delivery engineer – You will meet design, safety, time and commercial requirements on a range of engineering activities. Take control of testing, maintenance and inspection and take responsibility of the team. Issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel and ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

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Engineering Apprenticeships

As well as working as an electrical network engineer, there are many other engineering apprenticeships available. These are also offered at different levels and vary in time and salary. You can find more engineering apprenticeships here.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship rather than going to university:

  • Gain experience and a qualification simultaneously and become more employable for the future
  • Get paid to learn (no student debt)
  • Learn about engineering on the job rather than in a classroom
  • Enter the industry without requiring a degree and go on to have a successful career
  • Meet people who have industry experience and network to help with your future career

Where to find us

In addition, if you have any questions on this apprenticeship, or are interested in working in a different industry you can explore our website and message us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative

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Are you interested in manufacturing and want to learn while you are on the job?

Look no further, the Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship could be the answer. The manufacturing industry is brimming with opportunities, offering an exciting and varied career to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment. So, read on to find out whether or not this apprenticeship is right for you.

So, who is this for?

This apprenticeship is for new entrants or those looking to progress their careers in manufacturing. If you wish to develop your skills, knowledge and behaviour in a fast-paced and efficient processing environment, this apprenticeship is for you. 

Apprenticeship entry requirements

To be an eligible candidate for this apprenticeship, you must be at least 16 years of age and have the relevant qualifications in English and Maths. Candidates who do not currently hold these qualifications will need to achieve this before completing their apprenticeship. 

However, it is vital to note that the individual employer will determine entry requirements; whether you are the right fit for their organisation. 

Role expectations 

  • All your work must be carried out safely, meeting the exacting quality standards.
  • Manufacturing activities must be performed on multiple products with different specifications consecutively.
  • You will be required to complete manufacturing operations, following manufacturing processes and standard operating procedures whilst adhering to health and safety procedures.
  •  You will maintain Health and Safety requirements at all times. 
  • You will be required to support improvement in manufacturing operations using lean principles and problem-solving tools and techniques.
  • You will be responsible for carrying out quality checks throughout the manufacturing operations.
  • You will work with stakeholders and establish clear reporting lines. 

What you will learn on the apprenticeship

The Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship course consists of planned learning sessions, workplace visits, on and off-the-job training and 1 to 1 coach support.

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will have the following knowledge:

  • The understanding of the relevant statutory, organisational and health and safety regulations. 
  • The understanding of the environmental compliance procedures.
  • The roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the requirements to deliver products to meet customer demands. 
  • The manufacturing standard operation procedures adherence and development of lean processes
  • Process equipment, data collection, error proofing and operating procedures monitoring. 
  • The ability and understanding to identify ways to improve the safety, quality, cost or process efficiency. 
  • How to share information using a range of methods within the manufacturing environment. 
  • The ability and understanding to maintain a safe and efficient work site through workplace organisation

Lean Manufacturing Operative apprentices must adhere to the following behaviours to ensure success in their role and company:

  • Punctual: good time-keeping skills. 
  • Responsible: take ownership of their actions and tasks.
  • Adaptive: the ability to respond positively to change.
  • Strong teamwork skills: integrates within the team and supports others.
  • Proactive and independent: can work independently, effectively and manage upwards. 
  • Strong communicator: listens to others’ opinions with a positive and respectful attitude. 
  • Consistent: the ability to maintain quality of work even when under pressure.
  • Detail orientated: follows instructions demonstrating attention to detail. 
  • Motivated: continually seeking opportunities to develop knowledge
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Conclusion

This apprenticeship provides the opportunity to learn from experienced manufacturers. Under the guidance of an experienced mentor, apprentices will receive hands-on training, increasing confidence in your abilities. In addition, this will increase your earning potential and enable you to gain real work experience; as you build your work experience, the more skills to add to your CV. Therefore, the more skills and knowledge on your CV, the higher your salary.

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Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer Apprenticeship

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Are you one for getting your hands dirty whilst learning new skills? An apprenticeship as a Land-Based Service Engineer could be right for you. This could be your ideal entryway into a brand new career, or simply stepping up your current role to the next level. Whatever your approach, read on to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity.

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Role description and entry requirements for engineers

Prior to diving in head first into a (potentially) new career, you should know what is required.

Land-Based Service Engineers will work of their own initiative on an employers premise under supervision of a senior technician. This one role contains a wide variety of tasks, including: preparation of new & second-hand equipment for sale, performing routine service and maintenance on said equipment, and conducting operation and systems testing. In reality, LBSE’s will be required to perform a wide range of duties. It’s a strict environment with the opportunity to develop useful knowledge, as well as learn the disciplines of safe working practice.

This may sound pretty heavy hitting right now, but this is a fantastic path to explore. Especially if you love the outdoors! Now let’s talk entry requirements. These are set by the employers but will typically include English and Maths GCSEs at a C/4 or equivalent. It is preferred that potential candidates also have a basic understanding of ICT, but this isn’t strictly necessary to begin with. Don’t panic if you haven’t got recent English and Maths certificates, however. There will be a chance to complete these before the end point assessment of the apprenticeship.

Occupational behaviours and knowledge of an engineer

As well as the entry requirements it’s vital that Land-Based Service Engineer apprentices adhere to a certain set of behaviours. This is to ensure success both in their role and in the overall company.

These behaviours include being:

  • Safety orientated – disciplined, responsible, risk-adverse.
  • Quality focused – logical, good listener, seeks opportunities to improve.
  • A strong communicator – open, honest, respectful.
  • A team player – considerate, pro-active, interactive with others.
  • Open to learn – reflective, adaptable, attentive.

These behaviours should be demonstrated in the day-to-day work environment. It is vital to adhere to them, not only for personal development, but also for safety reasons.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will also have a decent bank of knowledge under your belt. It’s important that our apprentices understand how to operate within this working environment as well as how to do the job itself. This is to ensure the safety of workers, both during their apprenticeship and after.

This is a unique aspect of practical apprenticeships such as this one.

Knowledge requirements include:

  • How to comply with Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • How to comply with Manual Handling regulations and the abrasive wheel regulations.
  • Learning workplace procedures, such as the chain of command and company staff handbook.
  • How to record information.
  • Workshop best practices, such as tool identification and storage.
  • Knowing the methods of thermally and chemically joining metals and components.
  • Learning the operating principles of certain machinery.
  • Interpreting and accessing technical data relating to machinery and equipment.
  • Handing over machinery, plant and equipment to the control of another.
  • A good grasp on emergency first aid.

Again, it sounds like a lot to begin with! But it certainly will be worth it by the time you reach your end point assessment.

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What you will learn as a Land-Based Service Engineer

Speaking of end point assessment, by the time you get there you will have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. All things you will be able to take with you into the wider working world. Below are a list of the key things you will learn on this apprenticeship:

  • Select and apply appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate dexterity, resourcefulness, and a professional approach.
  • Maintain and conduct basic repairs and maintenance activities under supervision.
  • Thermally and chemically join metals and materials.
  • Access and interpret technical data relating to service and maintenance operations.
  • Communicate well with customers and colleagues, written and oral.
  • Expressing technical information in clear concise terms whilst demonstrating customer care principles.
  • Work efficiently both under supervision, individually and as a team member.
  • Demonstrate a logical, safe and systematic approach to work practices.
  • Carry out operational tests on low technology plant, equipment and machinery.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a unique, hands-on apprenticeship, then a Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer could be just the right one for you. The skills you will learn will open up a wide range of job opportunities within the Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture sector. Some examples of this are Agricultural Service Engineer, Forestry Equipment Service Engineer, or an Outdoor Power Equipment Service Engineer. Employers are looking towards apprenticeships to accelerate their work force, and this opportunity could be just what you need to take your first steps within such a specialist industry.

For a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

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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.

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