Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
About this course

As a science manufacturing technician, you will work in a wide range of companies, including, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing were you will operate the systems and equipment involved in the production of products.

Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions and a premium is placed on appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure employees comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements.This new Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard replaces a number of the old SASE Advanced Apprenticeship Frameworks in Engineering and at Wiltshire College, you will be opffered the following pathways:

  • Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Product Design & Development Technician
  • Toolmaker & Tool/Die Maintenance Technician
  • Technical Support Technician
What will I learn?

On competion you will be able to perform the following activities and functions:

  • Work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work you undertake whilst proactively finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving your work environment
  • Start-up, shut down and complete a run of the manufacturing batch or continuous process in line with the appropriate Standard Operating Procedures
  • Work safely in a science manufacturing environment, understanding personal responsibility for Health, Safety and the Environment
  • Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards
  • Control and monitor a process or plant and equipment, effectively, efficiently and securely, and resolve problems or correct abnormal conditions
  • Complete documentation relevant to the manufacturing process including relevant calculations
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement
  • Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of relevant science and technology required by your job role
Entry requirements

Typically 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher, and ideally, grade B in mathematics, English and science, or equivalent and/or relevant experience.

Study, assessment and qualifications

This course is delivered in 3 phases over a 42 to 48 month period:

Phase 1:

You will learn the appropriate basic practical skills and theory.

Phase 2:

You will consolidate and further enhance your skills and will be prepared for the end point assessment.

Phase 3:

This is the end point assessment. In order to complete the Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard, the apprentice must at least pass the end point assessment, which is made up of a practical observation of them at work, a professional discussion about work and study they have done over the past 42-48 months, and a formal written examination.


The Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard is graded at either Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

You will attain the following qualifications on completion of the Foundation phase:

  • Level 2 Foundation Knowledge Qualification
  • Level 2 Foundation Competence Qualification (Similar to the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations)

You will attain the following qualifications on completion of the Development phase:

  • Level 3 Development Knowledge Qualification (Similar to a BTEC Level 3)
  • Level 3 Development Competence Qualification (Similar to a NVQ3)

Throughout the course, a Wiltshire College Engineering Assessor works in partnership with the Employer, in supporting, advising and guiding the Apprentice Technican

Additional costs and information

On completing The Engineering Techinicians Standard standard, the Apprentice Technician meets the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) with the IMechE.

What could I do next?

On completing The Engineering Techinicians Standard standard, the natural progression would be onto a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship Framework or Standard.

Other forms of progression could be:

  • HNC Qualification
  • Foundation Degree Qualification
  • Industry relevant qualifications
Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.