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Engineering Technician (Machinist) Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled and complex work.

  • Course Description

    Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled and complex work.

    Core Occupational Profile

    • 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

    Core Knowledge & Skills

    Engineering Technicians are able to demonstrate: 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 problems
    • 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


    • 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


    The required behaviours are:

    1. 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
    2. Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
    3. Effective communication and interpersonal skills. open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and have a positive and respectful attitude
    4. 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
    5. 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

    What apprentices will learn

    Read, analyse and interpret engineering data, drawings and documentation used in the design, build, operation and repair. Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculation involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers and material removal. Understand the practical and theoretical uses of the machines used, and their applications. Understand how to use CNC machine tools and they will be expected to set up and operate the machines as well as produce or prove/edit CNC programmes. Understand the work-holding devices, cutting tools, and setting up procedures, in adequate depth to provide a sound basis for carrying out the activities, correcting faults and ensuring the work output is to the required specifications. Produce complex and specialist components as a one-off test and trial work piece and/or producing components in small or large batches.

  • 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.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    48 months

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Day release at college for four years and work based skills and development learning working towards the end point assessment.

  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    • EAL Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) Level 2
    • EAL Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge) Level 2
    • EAL Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Machining (Development Competence) Level 3
    • EAL Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge) Level 3

    How is my course assessed?

    Practical and theory examinations, project work, workplace observations, End Point Assessment and professional discussion.

Starting 01/09/2021



Duration 48 months

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