Engineering Technician Level 3

Study Area: Apprenticeships
Duration: 36 – 42 Months
Attendance: Part Time

Course Overview

Details of standard

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.

Core Knowledge:

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

Start Date

Various Start Dates

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Typically 3 GCSEs at grade C or higher including mathematics, English and science, or equivalent and/or relevant experience.

Assessment Methods

Assignments and written.

Course Fees

This course is free for students age 16 – 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team on 01422 399367 for more information.

Engineering Technician Level 3

Study Area: Apprenticeships
Duration: 36 – 42 Months
Attendance: Part Time
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