Training programme

Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard – Level 3

This newly-developed ‘standards-based’ apprenticeship has been designed with employers, for use with new recruits (or existing staff) who wish to gain the technical and practical knowledge required to work within the engineering sector. You will learn the essential skills to design new products and work in development teams using cutting-edge technology in CAD programming, 3D printing, machine manufacturing, air logic systems, PLC and robotic systems – all in a safe and supportive environment at the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills centre.

This qualification is an Advanced Apprenticeship or ‘Level 3’ apprenticeship. It can provide you with progression routes onto higher level engineering qualifications.


Possession of 5 GCSE grades A*- C  or grades 4 – 9 in subjects including Maths, Science and English is mandatory.

Course content

  • Health and safety in the engineering environment
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering principles
  • Design and CAD
  • Project skills engineering manufacturing skills – hand fitting, milling and turning
  • Mechanical maintenance and assembly
  • Fluid maintenance and assembly
  • Electrical systems instrumentation including PLC
  • Robotics


The course takes four years to complete over the following stages:

  • Level 2 Practical Skills development, with a practical gateway assessment to year two.

  • An academic diploma assessed by tests and assignments.

  • NVQ assessment of work-based development.

In the final stage, there will be an ‘end point assessment’ conducted through an interview by an external professional organisation.


Suite of Qualifications achieved as part of the ‘Apprenticeship Standard for an Engineering Technician’ – L3 Apprenticeship:

Level 2 Diploma in ‘Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Foundation competence)’

Successful completion of the ‘Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment’

Level 3 Diploma in ‘Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)’

Level 3 Diploma in ‘Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Product Design and Development Technician (Development Competence)’


Level 3 Diploma in ‘Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)’

Successful completion of an ‘End Point Assessment’, leading to professional recognition by a relevant Engineering Institution

At the end of the apprenticeship you will be in a position to apply for Engineering Technician status.

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