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Useful Information

Mode of study:

Apprenticeship
Level:

3
Duration:

36-42 months

Awarding/validation body:

TBC

Course Overview

Occupational Profile

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.

Course Highlights

Core Knowledge:

A Technician will understand:

first principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment
relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements
maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment
the relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation

Core Skills:

A Technician will apply their knowledge of plant and systems to safely perform maintenance and operational activities with minimum supervision. This will require them to:

comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment
communicate with and provide information to stakeholders in line with personal role and responsibilities
read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
prepare work areas to undertake work related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work related activities
inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements
assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment
communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification

Core Behaviours

Health & Safety – follows health & safety policies and procedures and be prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone and/or with appropriate supervision
Quality focused – ensures that work achieves quality standard both occupationally and personally
Working with others – works well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity safely and on time
Interpersonal skills – gets along well with others and takes into account their needs and concerns
Critical reasoning – uses resources, techniques and obtained facts to develop sound solutions while recognising and defining problems
Sustainability and ethical behaviour – behaves ethically and undertakes work in a way that contributes to sustainable development
Risk awareness – demonstrates high concentration, the desire to reduce risks, ability to be compliant and awareness of change, through regular monitoring and checking of information

Specialist roles

In addition an Electrical Technician will:

position, assemble, install and dismantle electrical plant and equipment, which will include motors, switchgear, cables & conductors, to agreed specifications
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plant and equipment.
replace, repair and/or remove components in electrical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults in electrical plant and equipment

In addition a Mechanical Technician will:

position, assemble, install and dismantle mechanical plant and equipment which will include pumps, valves, gearboxes, pipework, to agreed specifications
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on mechanical plant and equipment.
replace, repair and/or remove components in mechanical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults in mechanical plant and equipment

In addition a Control & Instrumentation Technician will:

position, assemble, install and dismantle plant and equipment which will include instrumentation and control of temperature, pressure and flow systems to agree specifications
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on plant and equipment.
replace, repair and/or remove components in plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults in plant and equipment
calibrate and configure instrument and control systems

In addition a Wind Turbine Technician will be able to:

install, assemble and dismantle wind turbine plant and equipment, which will include pitch systems, yaw systems, switchgear, control systems to agreed specifications
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on wind turbine plant and equipment including mechanical drive systems
replace, repair and/or remove components in wind turbine plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults in wind turbine plant and equipment

In addition an Electrical System and Process Control Technician will:

position, assemble, install and dismantle integrated electrical apparatus, systems and process control equipment
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on integrated plant and equipment.
replace, repair and/or remove components within integrated plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults within integrated plant and equipment
calibrate and configure integrated electrical apparatus, systems and process control equipment

In addition an Electromechanical Technician will:

position, assemble, install and dismantle integrated electromechanical power and control systems
carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on integrated plant and equipment.
replace, repair and/or remove components within integrated plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
diagnose and determine the cause of faults within integrated electromechanical power and control systems

In addition a Plant Operations Technician will need to understand:

complex thermal, chemical, mechanical and electrical energy conversion processes
the principles, design and operation of plant, systems and equipment used for energy conversion and production

In addition, a Plant Operations Technician will be able to:

safely and efficiently carry out routine and non-routine operating procedures on plant and equipment
monitor and control the operation and performance of the plant and equipment
handover and accept responsibility for plant and equipment
evaluate and solve complex problems within energy conversion plant and systems
rapidly and correctly respond to contingencies and abnormal conditions, to maintain energy conversion and production plant and equipment within operational parameters

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Possibility of Full time employment after successful completion

Assessment

This standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution.

Entry Requirements

Math and English GCSE C/4 or above or equivalent required.

How To Apply

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