Engineering Technician

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:  

  • 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  
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long term career development.

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.

Skills

  • obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • planning and where applicable obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work activity
  • undertaking the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
  • carrying out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
  • dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
  • completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
  • restoring the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location

Knowledge

  • understanding the importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • understanding of general engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
  • understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used in the sector
  • understanding the typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
  • understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problem 
  • understanding the importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications for the organisation if this is not adhered to
  • understanding and interpreting relevant engineering/manufacturing data and documentation in order to complete their job role
  • understanding the different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact.
  • understanding why it is important for an organisation to continually review their processes and procedures 

Behaviours

  • Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges. Comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance
  • Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and have a positive and respectful attitude
  • Focus on quality and problem solving. Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency
  • Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science. 

Duration

Typically 42-48 months - timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities. 

Professional Qualifications / Recognition

All apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum:

  •  An employer approved Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification
  •  An employer approved Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • An employer approved Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking end point assessment?

All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their organisational requirements. There will be an end point assessment during the final phase of the Apprenticeship where the apprentice will need to demonstrate to the employer how they have achieved full occupational competence against, skills, knowledge and behaviours, set out in the Standard On successful completion of the End Point assessment and employer endorsement phase (final sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.

Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). In the case of the Military specific pathway in the Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Standard, professional competence will be recognised by the Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIAA).

Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

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