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Engineering Technician (Mechatronics) - Apprenticeship (Standard)

Level 3
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Three and a half years (42 months)

Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically your work as an apprentice would cover a broad range of activities including installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment.

Design, build, service and repair a variety of engineering products and services.


Engineering Technicians will have to demonstrate:

- 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.
- 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.
- Working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements.
- Planning and 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 using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment.
- Dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems.
- 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.


- Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures.
- 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.
- Focus on quality and problem solving.
- Continuous personal development.

- Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a mechatronics maintenance environment and the type of equipment being maintained.
- Understand mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid power and process control principles in a mechatronics maintenance environment.
- Understand how equipment being maintained functions and operating parameters in individual components and how they interact.
- Understand fault diagnostic methods, techniques and equipment used when maintaining equipment and systems.
- Understand condition monitoring methods and equipment used and understand how the information gained supports the planning of maintenance activities.
- Understand how to minimise machinery downtime by implementing planned preventative maintenance programmes.

- Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to maintain components, equipment and systems.
- Carry out condition monitoring of plant and equipment.
- Carry out planned maintenance activities on plant and equipment.
- Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities on high technology engineered systems.
- Carrying out confirmation testing and subsequent smooth hand over of equipment & plant support the installation, testing and commissioning of equipment.
- Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures.
You’ll be assessed via a combination of End Point Assessment and On-Programme Assessment.
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.
Upon completion, you can study a Level 4 apprenticeship or Higher Education qualifications including HNC or Foundation degree.

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).
You will be based at Petroc’s state-of-the-art Institute of Technology; providing industry-standard facilities and equipment, for the study of both Digital Science and Engineering.

Our newly-developed South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) has been created as part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) ?£170 million investment, to establish a network of technology institutes across the country.

In addition to our purpose-built facilities, our industrial partners have given us the benefit of their expertise, so that the specialist equipment we have installed is of the highest professional quality, and is at the cutting edge of current industry-standard specifications.

The Engineering facility will house clean room fabrication capabilities; electronics design, manufacture and testing laboratories; additive technologies (3D); and production robotics.

The Digital Science suite contains a bespoke area for developing virtual environments; a large space for drone experimentation; and the latest specification networking, software, and data engineering facilities.

Petroc’s dedicated SWIoT building also has a large, welcoming social space, in which you can work and relax, while enjoying excellent connectivity.
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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