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Engineering Operative (Working in a Technical Support Role) - Intermediate Apprenticeship


Engineering operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector. The role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers. Dependent on the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role specific skills and knowledge they will require, however the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in. ,

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration / Fees
01 Aug 2023
Employer's Premises
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship or a higher level of study or employment.

Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are:

  • Servicing and maintenance operative
  • Machine setter/operative
  • Mechanical engineering operative
  • Fabricator
  • Engineering fitter
  • Multi-disciplined engineering operative
  • Materials, processing and finishing operative
  • Technical Support operative
  • Founding/casting operative.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Ideally applicants will hold five GCSEs including English and Maths at grade 3 (D) or higher. If you do not hold the relevant Mathematics and English qualifications, you will be expected to undertake functional skills in both subjects.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether they have just left school or have been working for years. 

In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Other Costs and Equipment

All costs for this course should be covered by your employer.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

What will I learn?


Learning and Teaching Methods

Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college.

Employees will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace.

Engineering operatives working within a technical support role will have knowledge of:

  • Specific machinery, equipment and tooling required for the technical support operation
  • Different technical support techniques
  • Specific safe working practices, procedures and quality requirements that need to be observed

And the skills to:

  • Plan the technical support operation before they start
  • Prepare equipment, tooling, materials, etc. and complete set up activities before carrying out the technical support
  • Carry out the technical support operation in line with specific safe working practices and specification requirements
  • Carryout quality checks during and after the technical support operation

Industry Placement and Field Trips

You will be employed for at least 30 hours per week in engineering operations.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.