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Engineering Operative (Mechanical Manufacture) – Apprenticeship

Engineering Operatives carry out a range of engineering operations which could include ensuring machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable, dealing with breakdowns, restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by repair and replacement; operating a variety of machines; assembling and repairing machines and much more.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

– How to obtain the necessary job instructions, engineering drawings and specifications and how to interpret them.
– Relevant statutory, quality, environmental compliance procedures/systems, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to engineering operations.
– Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to support the achievement of company targets.
– Engineering operational practices, processes and procedures.
– Potential problems that can occur within the engineering operations and how they can be avoided.

– Work safely at all times, complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, environmental compliance procedures and systems and other relevant guidelines.
– Identify and deal appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment.
– Demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written, electronic.
– Complete appropriate documentation accurately, efficiently and legibly using the correct terminology where required.
– Obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the necessary data/information from specification and related documentation.
– Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the engineering operation.
– Deal appropriately with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing environment.
– Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace organisation and minimising waste.

– Personal responsibility and resilience.
– Work effectively in teams.
– Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
– Focus on quality and problem solving.
– Continuous personal development.

Engineering Operatives working within a mechanical manufacturing engineering role will have:

– Specific equipment operating parameters.
– Mechanical manufacturing techniques.
– Specific quality specifications for mechanical manufacturing operations.

– Plan the mechanical manufacturing operation.
– Mount and set the required workholding devices.
– Produce individual components, sub-assemblies or completed assemblies using mechanical manufacturing techniques.
– Carry out quality checks during and after mechanical manufacturing operations.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB231 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 3 Years
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Course details


You will be required to undertake an end-point assessment which includes a practical observation and a professional discussion.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and Maths must ensure that they achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment.


Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you could further develop your knowledge through a higher level apprenticeship.

Facilities and resources

As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities including mechanical and mechatronics workshops, CAD and computer suites.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


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