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Maintenance and Operations Technicians apprenticeship

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians 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.

There are seven main roles within the apprenticeship:

  • Electrical technicians.
  • Mechanical technicians.
  • Control & instrumentation technicians.
  • Wind turbine technicians.
  • Electrical system & process control technicians.
  • Electromechanical technicians.
  • Plant operations technicians.

Programme

Duration: typically 36-42 months

Level: 3

Standards/Framework: Standards

Funding band: £27,000

Maths/English level required: 2

End point assessment:

  1. Knowledge Test.
  2. One-day Practical Observation.
  3. Two-Person Expert Technical.

Core requirements (all roles): Knowledge

  • 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 requirements (all roles): Skills

  • Compliance with health, safety & environmental standards and regulations.
  • Location and fixing of faults on plant and equipment.
  • Stakeholder communication.
  • Understanding & interpretation of information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation.
  • Work area preparation.
  • Inspection & maintenance of plant & equipment.
  • Assessment & test of plant and equipment condition and performance.

Additional skills are required for each of the seven job roles listed above. For more information, refer to the full apprenticeship standard at www.gov.uk.

Core requirements (all roles): 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.

Link to professional registration

This standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution.

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