Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

London Design & Engineering UTC
  • Info on Application
  • 42 Months
  • Apprenticeship
  • London

Details of standard

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

Typical job titles:
Engineering Technician, Aerospace Technician, Aviation Engineer, Maritime Engineering, Machinist, Mechatronics Engineer and Toolmaker

Aerospace and Aviation
1. Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter
2. Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter
3. Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/ Technician (Fixed and Rotary Wing)
4.Airworthiness, Planning, Quality and Safety Technician

Maritime Defence
5. Maritime Electrical Fitter
6. Maritime Mechanical Fitter
7. Maritime Fabricator
8. Maritime Pipeworker

Sector Wide
9. Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
10. Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
11. Product Design and Development Technician
12. Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
13. Technical Support Technician

Core Knowledge & Skills
Engineering Technicians are able 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 and the potential implications for the organisation if this is not adhered to
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 (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
planning and where applicable 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 (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
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


The required behaviours are:

1. Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges. Comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance
2. Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
3. Effective communication and interpersonal skills. open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and have a positive and respectful attitude
4. Focus on quality and problem solving. Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency
5. Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice

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 Mathematics, English and a Science.

Duration of Apprenticeship
Typically 42-48 months – timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities.

London Design & Engineering UTC

Docklands Campus,

15 University Way,


E16 2RD,

Tel: 0203 019 7333