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Engineering Fitter - Apprenticeship (Standard)

Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
AB131
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Four years

This flexible apprenticeship can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual employer's needs and so the specific content can vary. However this standard focuses on the common skills and behaviours required of all effective engineering fitters. Including: - interpreting and using drawings - planning work, tooling and resourcing - Producing individual components, for example keys, pipework, threading, wiring looms, interfacing parts, motors, wiring cables - Re-furbishing components - Assembling components to produce equipment, machine or system - in full or part - Quality checking and adjusting components or assembly against required specification; for example testing and calibrating - Contributing to continuous improvement in component production or assembly As an example you may learn how to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems. This may include turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or re-furbish the components fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification.

A versatile engineering course which offers apprentices a wide range of engineering skills and knowledge.

FAQs  

When you study for this apprenticeship, you will learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:


KNOWLEDGE:
- Learn about the materials used in components/assemblies and their use and application considerations.
- Principles of design and operation eg cost, waste, productivity, health and safety.
- Manufacturing and assembly processes eg filing, sawing, scraping, drilling, soldering, bolting, wire cutting.
- Safe use of tools and equipment ; right tool for the job, requirements for machinery checks, adjustments, operation and shut down
- Component/assembly specifications.
- Techniques for measuring, marking, cutting and drilling materials to the required size and shape, accurately, safely and economically a
- Engineering mathematical and scientific principles; methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols, formulae and calculations
- Engineering data, eg electrical readings, vibration, speed and calibration.
- Component/assembly documentation. eg operating procedures, inspection records, assembly instructions.
- Quality standards for components/assembly for example, drawing, calibration of equipment, materials specification. Application of ISO9001 (Quality Management Standard) in the workplace.
- Health and safety, including Health & Safety at Work Act, personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), Noise at Work Regulations, Electricity at Work regulations, risk assessments.
- Environmental considerations; safe disposal of waste, minimizing waste (re-use and re-cycle), energy efficiency.
- Who to communicate with and when and how
- Planning techniques ?" resources, tools, equipment, people
- Component/assembly quality checks eg checking tolerances, threads, voltages.
- Commercial considerations including contractual arrangements. How the role contributes to commercial operations

SKILLS:
- Read, interpret and understand the component/assembly specification, diagrams, drawings and work instructions
- Plan component/assembly tasks
- Prepare work area for component/assembly tasks
- Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity
- Check tools during and after task completion
- Measuring and testing, checking/inspecting component/assembly
- Problem solving
- Apply improvement techniques
- Communicate with colleagues and/or customers
- Complete component/assembly documentation
- Report work outcomes and/or issues
- Restore the work area on completion of the activity
- Dispose of waste in accordance with waste streams
- Operating in line with quality, health & safety and environmental policy and procedures; identifying risks and hazards and identifying control measure where applicable

BEHAVIOURS:
- Take personal responsibility and be resilient.
- Work effectively in teams.
- Effectively communicate
- Quality and problem solving.
- Commit to continuous personal development.
Your end point assessment will incorporate a project, multiple choice test and professional discussion.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

If you do not have a Level 2 English and maths, you will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
This program leads to job roles such as Mechanical Fitter; Electrical Fitter; Electronic Fitter; Instrumentation Fitter; Pipe Fitter; Controls and Systems Fitter. After completion of the qualification, learners can progress to become a charted engineering technician ( EngTech) .
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Upon successful completion of this course, you can advance to a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship or progress to Higher Education, and enrol on a related HNC or FdSc programme.
As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities including mechanical and mechatronics workshops, CAD and computer suites.
Please bring overalls and safety boots with you on your first day.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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