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L2 Engineering Operatives Apprenticeship Standard

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.

Engineering Operatives will have clear reporting lines with anything outside
their role and responsibility. They will work individually or as part of a team
to carry out a range of engineering operations which could include ensuring
machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable, dealing with
breakdowns, restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by repair
and replacement; operating a variety of machines (CNC or Conventional);
assembling and repairing machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other
tools; fabrication/installation of a wide variety of other sheet fabrications
and equipment and; fabrication and assembly of metal parts joining techniques;
preparing materials and equipment for engineering processes, providing technical
support including communications software, test tools, performance, capacity
planning, and e-commerce technology as required.

Engineering Operatives must comply with statutory regulations and
organisation safety requirements including any environmental compliance
procedures and systems; Identify hazards and hazardous situations; Prepare the
work area and equipment; Obtain and follow the appropriate job documentation and
work instructions; Extract the necessary data and information from
specifications and related documentation; Carryout the engineering activities in
line with their job role; Carry quality checks as required; working with minimum
supervision either individually or as part of a team and will be responsible for
their own actions and for the quality and accuracy and timely delivery of the
work they undertake.

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.


The knowledge, skills and behaviours for this role will be developed over the
duration of the apprenticeship.

Maths and English will be embedded within the apprenticeship.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Duration

    Typical completion time is likely to be 12 -18 months.

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Core Knowledges includes:

  • How to obtain the necessary job instructions, engineering drawings and
    specifications and how to interpret them
  • Relevant statutory, quality, environmental compliance procedures/systems,
    organisational and health and safety regulations relating to engineering
  • Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the
    flexibility required to support the achievement of company targets
  • Engineering operational practices, processes and procedures
  • Potential problems that can occur within the engineering operations and how
    they can be avoided

Core Skills include:

  • Work safely at all times, complying with health and safety legislation,
    regulations, environmental compliance procedures and systems and other relevant
  • Identify and deal appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous
    situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment within
    the limits of their responsibility
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written,
  • Complete appropriate documentation accurately, efficiently and legibly using
    the correct terminology where required
  • Obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work
    instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and
    responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the
    necessary data/information from specification and related documentation
  • Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the
    engineering operation
  • Deal appropriately with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing
    environment within the limits of their responsibility
  • Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace
    organisation and minimising waste

Core Behaviours includes:

Manufacturing and Engineering organisations require their apprentices to have
a set of behaviours that will ensure success both in their role and in the
overall company objectives. The required behaviours are:

  • Personal responsibility and resilience – Comply with the
    health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible
    approach to risk, work diligently regardless of how much they are being
    supervised, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay
    motivated and committed when facing challenges.
  • Work effectively in teams – Integrate with the team,
    support other people, consider implications of their own actions on other people
    and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills – An open
    and honest communicator, communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listen
    well to others and have a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Focus on quality and problem solving – Follow instructions
    and guidance, demonstrate attention to detail, follow a logical approach to
    problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and
  • Continuous personal development – Reflect on skills,
    knowledge and behaviours and seek opportunities to develop, adapt to different
    situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to
    feedback and advice

Learners will attend on day release.  A minimum of 6 hours per week will be spent on working towards the apprenticeship standard.    Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.

All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships

There is the opportunity into progress to full time employment in the sector.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


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