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Utilities Engineering Technicians apprenticeship

Utilities Engineering Technicians perform reactive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient running of the sites, supporting other disciplines as necessary.

There are three main roles within the apprenticeship:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Instrumentation Control & Automation (ICA)


Duration: typically 18 months

Level: 3

Standards/Framework: Standards

Funding band: £27,000

Maths/English level required: 2

End point assessment:

  1. Portfolio 70%
  2. Knowledge Assessment 30%

Core requirements (all roles): Knowledge

  • Relevant health, safety & environmental standards and regulations.
  • Maintenance practices, processes and procedures covering a range of waste and water systems, plant and equipment.
  • Relevant theory and principles underpinning the design and function of electro-mechanical and instrumentation systems and equipment.
  • Principles and processes underpinning the location, diagnosis and rectification of faults.

Core requirements (all roles): Skills

  • Inspections.
  • Condition monitoring and reporting.
  • Compliance with health, safety & environmental working practices and regulations.
  • Location, diagnosis and fixing of faults on plant & equipment.
  • Maintenance of a variety of waste and water systems.
  • Operation of workshop machinery to create, repair or modify components and apparatus.
  • Effective communication.
  • Understanding of computer data and displays.
  • Working to technical specifications.
  • Safe working practices.
  • Safe isolation of equipment.
  • Driving vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites.
  • Installation, maintenance, replacement and commissioning of equipment and components.
  • Diagnostic testing procedures.

Core requirements (all roles): Behaviours

  • Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated approach whilst recognising personal limitations and seeking advice from fact holders and specialists when required.
  • Accept responsibility for work of self or others.
  • Deliver a polite, courteous professional service to customers and members of the public.
  • Work effectively and safely when undertaking tasks to approved standards and safe working practices as part of a team, working alone or with appropriate supervision.
  • Undertake and complete work in a way that contributes to sustainable development.
  • Be risk aware and minimise risks to life, property and the environment when undertaking work activities.
  • Be quality focussed and professional in work and in personal standards.
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks, with consideration for cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact.
  • Accept, allocate and supervise technical and other tasks.
  • Be aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
  • Carry out and record CPD necessary to maintain and enhance competence.
  • Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

Link to profesional registration

Registration with Gas Safe® Register for four appliances. In achieving a pass or a distinction in this apprenticeship, the successful apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

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