Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician, Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship offers a comprehensive and specialised pathway for individuals aspiring to excel in the field of maintenance and operations engineering. This dynamic programme provides a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on training, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to maintain and optimise complex engineering systems. Through a combination of classroom instruction and practical experience, you will gain a deep understanding of maintenance strategies, fault diagnosis, repair techniques, and efficient operations management.
With a strong emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking, you’ll develop the ability to identify and resolve technical issues, ensuring the smooth operation of machinery and infrastructure. By completing this apprenticeship, you will be well-prepared to contribute to the success of various industries, ranging from manufacturing to transportation, as a skilled professional in the field of maintenance and operations engineering.
An apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to acquire industry-specific qualifications and valuable hands-on experience while earning a salary. You’ll have the chance to work closely with experienced professionals in the engineering industry, meaning you’ll gain practical skills that make you highly employable and give you a head start in your career. We pride ourselves on our strong partnerships with key local organisations. You'll become part of our Engineering Career Excellence Hub and enjoy a host of career-boosting benefits and valuable access to potential employers. Benefit from work experience opportunities, engaging trips and tours, guest lectures from industry experts and courses designed in collaboration with employers to meet industry demands. You'll gain invaluable industry insight and create numerous networking opportunities. By the time you complete your training, you'll be fully prepared for your future career, armed with the skills and knowledge that employers value.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
You will have the opportunity to combine on-the-job training with study in a college environment. You will start by learning the basics across several different areas. For one or two days per week in the first year, you will be taught the technical knowledge and practical competencies needed to complete your apprenticeship.
Depending on the company that you work for, your apprenticeship will cover several different disciplines such as turning, milling in the machine shop, CAD or CAM, CNC machining, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, electrical and electronics, maintenance, materials science, programmable logic controllers, composites, fabrication, and welding.
You will also be responsible for keeping a high quality of your work, ensuring it is completed safely and to the budget requirements.
You will be assessed through workplace observations and practical tests. You will also complete online tests, assignments and produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be part of your end-point assessment.
Most students will progress into a technician-level position. You could also progress onto higher education, such as the degrees or degree apprenticeships on offer at University Centre Weston.
Career opportunities include:
- Electrical Technicians
- Mechanical Technicians
- Control & Instrumentation Technicians
- Wind Turbine Technicians
- Electrical System and Process Control Technicians
- Electromechanical Technicians
- Plant Operations Technicians
3 GCSEs at grade 4 or higher including maths, English and science, or equivalent.
To be an apprentice, you will need to find a suitable employer. Click here for advice: How to Apply for an Apprenticeship | Weston College
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