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Engineering Manufacturing Technician

Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

Engineering Manufacturing Technician

Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: APL4EME Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Apprenticeship Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 06/09/2021    

Overview

About the course

This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their line manager to confirm departmental programmes of work and to agree individual responsibilities. This in turn will align to an overarching organisational resource and delivery plan. Engineering Manufacturing  Technicians can be office based, manufacturing/plant based or more commonly combination of both, working with engineering and/or manufacturing teams at an operational level such as with production team leaders and/or management level working with specialist quality or design engineers. As well as liaising with internal colleagues, they may also be responsible for working directly with customers and/or suppliers or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies. Typically this would involve interaction with auditors to demonstrate compliance to specific organisational or regulatory requirements (such as Civil Aviation Authority).Their time will be spent between working in an office environment and working in the manufacturing environment or visiting customers or suppliers as and when required.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost. They will typically report to an engineering or manufacturing manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the employer. Although working within defined quality processes and procedures, they are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy of the work they complete. They have the autonomy to use judgement when undertaking the occupational duties and applying their technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a wide range of contexts and environments. They use a range of tools and techniques to support decision making and solve problems that are often complex and non-routine. They also have a responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements such as business processes, procedures, ways and methods of working.

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Your course

What modules are covered?

What does the apprenticeship cover?

  • The apprenticeship is made up of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.
  • Knowledge is taught within college, one day every week.
  • Skills are taught within the workplace. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Read an extract relevant engineering and manufacturing related data and information (such as workplan/project plans, schedules, drawings, specifications, production data, quality reports, costing data, statistical information) drawing accurate conclusions and making informed decisions.
    • Use project management tools, such as Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT), stakeholder matrices, risk mapping, radar chart and summary risk profiles.
    • Use problem solving tools such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Fishbone, Practical Problem Solving (PPS) and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP).
    • Analyse and interpret data and information in order to generate manufacturing engineering documentation such as Parts Per Million (PPM) quality adherence, cost analysis and test data.
    • Communicate using the appropriate method for the audience such as, formal and informal presentations, written reports, verbal, electronic, social media, and incorporating relevant and appropriate data and/or metrics.
    • Use the approved process and quality compliance procedure to create or amend engineering and/or manufacturing documentation.
    • Use lean tolls and techniques, such as Six Sigma, 8 Wastes, Workplace organisation such as 5S’s (sort, set in order, shine, standardise, sustain), Kaizen and Poka-Yoke (Error proofing).
    • Apply documentation control processes and procedures such as format, location, access, authorisation.
    • Use financial planning, recording and review processes and documentation such  as departmental budgets, estimating, cost control, cost forecasting, and investment appraisal.
    • Use computer based software system/packages such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Data Analytics and Databases.
  • You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths (if required).
  • End point assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship and you must pass this to achieve your apprenticeship. It is the chance to show the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have gained throughout your apprenticeship.

Find out about the new standard, click on the link:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/engineering-manufacturing-technician-v1-0

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are a proven way of increasing staff retention and productivity. 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. Apprenticeships enable employers to recruit and train the employees to meet the specific needs of their business.

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What Next?

This apprenticeship is professionaly recognised by: IET, IMechE, and Royal Aeronautical Society.

After completing this apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress onto the following:

  • Manufacturing Engineer (Degree) Level 6 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Progression routes into this pathway include those who have A or AS levels in Science, Engineering or Maths subjects along with relevant work experience or employment in Engineering at L3 or those with GCSEs A*-C / 9-4 in Maths and English that have completed an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship.

Please note: The candidate may be required to complete extra units if they have not already achieved a Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 qualification.

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