Engineering Technician (Level 3 Apprenticeship)


The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be competent in the job role.

Core occupational profile

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering / manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development. 

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long term career development. 

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components / systems.

Aerospace and Aviation

  1. Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter
  2. Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical / Mechanical and Systems Fitter
  3. Aircraft Maintenance Fitter / Technician (Fixed and Rotary Wing)
  4. Airworthiness, planning, quality and safety technical.

Maritime defence

  1. Maritime Electrical Fitter
  2. Maritime Mechanical Fitter
  3. Maritime Fabricator
  4. Maritime Pipeworker
  5. Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  6. Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  7. Product Design and Development Technician
  8. Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
  9. Technical Support Technician.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science. 

Functional skills

It is anticipated that functional skill will be required due to the entry criteria but should this need to be undertaken Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths will need to be achieved during the apprenticeship. Development of further English and maths skills will continue for the whole of the apprentices even if the functional skills are achieved before the end of the apprenticeship. 


Typically 42-48 months - timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities.


Completion of the Apprenticeships is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). 


This apprenticeship is in funding band 7. Levy paying employers may fund apprentices on this programme from their Apprenticeship Account and non-levy paying SMEs through the co-funded option. There may be a small fee for some SME's. 

End assessment

To achieve this apprenticeship standard, the employer, training provider and apprentice will agree when the apprentice is ready and competent to undertake the independent end point assessment, which will test their skills, knowledge and behaviours required for this role. 

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