Engineering Technician (Apprenticeship Level 3)


The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be competent in an engineering job role. 

Core Occupational Profile 

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to: 

  • 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 

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long term career development. 

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems. 

Aerospace and Aviation 

  • Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter 
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter 

General Engineering 

  • Machinist -Advanced Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician 
  • Technical Support Technician 

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 maths, English and a science subject. 

Functional Skills 

It is anticipated that functional skills will not be required due to the entry criteria but should this need to be undertaken Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths will need to be achieved during the apprenticeship. Development of further English and maths skills will continue for the whole of the apprenticeship even if the functional skills are achieved before the apprenticeship is completed.

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