Standard Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets.

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway


Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

EAL Level 2 Advanced manufacturing Engineering (foundation competence):

Mandatory Units
AUEC2-001 Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
AUEC2-002 working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
AUEC2-003 Using and communicating technical information
AUEC2-004 Conducting business improvement activities

Optional Units: You must complete a minimum of six optional units.
AUEC2-005 Producing components using hand fitting techniques
AUEC2–006 Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
AUEC2-009 Maintaining electrical equipment/systems
AUEC2-016 Assembling and testing electronic circuits
AUEC2-032 Producing engineering Project Plans
AUEC2-038 Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings using a CAD System

Practical qualification will be delivered and assessed at college through formal practical assessments, after progressive training has been delivered.

Functional Skills level 2 (English)
Functional Skills level 2 (Maths)

Edexcel Level 3 Diploma Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – Year 1/2 (Development Knowledge) Delivered one day per week at Technology Campus, Oxford.

Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
Unit 3: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
Unit 8: Mechanical Principles of Engineering Systems
Unit 12: Engineering Drawing for Technicians
Unit 56: Electrical and Electronic Principles in Engineering
Unit 2: Communications for Engineering Technicians
Unit 4: Engineering Project
Unit 11: Electro-pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices
Unit 13: Computer-aided Drafting in Engineering
Unit 36: Business Operations in Engineering

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering – Technical Support Technician (Development Competence).

Mandatory units – all three units must be completed:

AUEC3-001 Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
AUEC3-002 Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
AUEC3-003 Working efficiently and effectively in advanced manufacturing and engineering

You will attend City of Oxford College Technology Campus or Reading College two days a week in your first year and one day a week in your second and third years, based on 36 days delivery during an academic year.

Each session will be 7 hours of instruction and practice, covering the Knowledge and Skills required by the apprenticeship standard. Additional sessions may be run over college closure periods to ensure you are meeting the course requirements and progressing as expected.

At least every 10 to 12 weeks, you will meet with your Activate Apprenticeships on-programme assessor to review and record your progress against the apprenticeship requirements. At these reviews, evidence will be discussed and recorded by you, the apprentice.

You will be assessed through modular units and course assessments and assignments.

The end point assessment offers an independent assessment of your development and competence against the Knowledge, skills & Behaviour using the following methods:

  • An Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva) drawing from a portfolio of evidence of occupational competence
  • Professional competence assessment undertaken by independent assessor(s)
  • Final employer endorsement of occupational and professional competence and overall completion of the apprenticeship

Progression from this apprenticeship is expected to be onto an Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 4) or HNC/ HND.

An engineering apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of roles in the engineering industry. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.

You need to be employed in an Engineering Technician role, hold a relevant level 2 (GCSE 4 – 9) Maths, Science and English qualification, or be working at towards a level 2 on Initial assessment.

The minimum duration for this apprenticeship is 42 months.

As an engineering apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges:

Libraries and learning environments
Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card, allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes:

Advice and Admissions
Learning Support
Student Support
Impartial careers advisors
One-to-one support
A college nurse
Free counselling service

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    Courses available

  • 6000+


  • 79+

    Years of teaching experience

View our facilities