Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician

Maintenance & operations engineering technicians covers 7 roles: electrical technicians; mechanical technicians; control & instrumentation technicians; wind turbine technicians electrical system and process control technicians; electromechanical technicians and plant operations technicians. They will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure engineering sector: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.


Year 1

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Maintaining electrical equipment / systems
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller based systems
  • Maintaining electronic equipment / systems
  • Maintaining and testing process instrument and control devices
  • Using computer software packages to assist with engineering activities
  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians

Year 2

  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Communications for engineering technicians
  • Monitoring and fault diagnosis of engineering systems
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices
  • Electrical and electronic principles

Year 3

  • Further engineering mathematics
  • Selecting and using programmable controllers
  • Electrical installation
  • Electronic measurement and testing
  • Engineering project

Further units dependent on employer choice.


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 36 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

GCSE grades 5 (or c) in maths and english.


The apprenticeship standard is at level 3.


Professional registration:

This standard will meet the professional standards of the engineering council for registration as engineering technician (eng tech) by an appropriate professional engineering institution.


Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 15 with a funding cap of £27,000.

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Apprenticeship standard for a maintenance
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Assessment plan for a maintenance &
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