Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians cover seven roles.

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Reading College

  • Pathway


PLEASE NOTE: This apprenticeship is delivered within the workplace, so it is potentially available across the Activate Learning College regions of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey. Please enquire for further details.

This work-based apprenticeship is ideal for those wanting a career working as a Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician. You would learn in your workplace, away from your workstation and have day release to the college using our new modern facilities. You will have the opportunity to practise and embed your skills at work.

You will learn the following skills pertinent to the engineering route you undertake. You could choose to undertake any of the following routes:

  • Electrical Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Electromechanical Technician

 You will gain skills in the following areas:

  • how to use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills
  • helping position, install, replace, assemble or repair products and/or equipment
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • industry regulations
  • adapting to different situations, environments and technologies

You will be required to achieve appropriate mandatory engineering standards, these will be subject to your job role and the engineering route you undertake.

On and off-the-job training within the workplace, with weekly day release to complete activities set by the Performance Coach to ensure the off-the-job requirements are met.


A Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician apprentice could learn skills such as:

  • locating and rectifying faults in plant and equipment
  • complying with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
  • communicating with and providing information to stakeholders in line with personal roles and responsibilities
  • Reading, understanding and interpreting information and working in compliance with technical specs. and supporting documentation
  • prepare work areas to undertake work-related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work-related activities
  • inspecting and maintaining appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements
  • assessing and testing the performance and condition of plant and equipment
  • communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification.

Additional Activities will need to be completed in readiness for EPA.

Throughout the duration of the program, apprentices will learn the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB’s). Ongoing support will be provided by a dedicated performance coach visiting the workplace and support from your employer to generate real work experiences to meet defined KSBs

This will include

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 Behaviours

  • Health and Safety – follows health and 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 or with appropriate supervision.
  • Quality-focused – ensures that work achieves quality standards 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 considers 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, the 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 may include motors, switchgear, cables and conductors, to agreed specifications.
  • carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plant and equipment.
  • replace, repair 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 may include pumps, valves, gearboxes, and pipework, to agreed specifications.
  • carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on mechanical plant and equipment.
  • replace, repair 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, 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 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.

As part of the national apprenticeship guidance, you will also undergo Equality and Diversity, British values and Prevent Training, which will prepare you with the necessary behaviour needed to work within the Engineering industry.

For further details visit the Institute of Apprenticeships.


To achieve this apprenticeship standard, the employer, training provider and apprentice will agree when the apprentice has developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the apprenticeship standard as clearly evidenced by the on-programme progression review meetings and records. The independent end assessment ensures that all apprentices consistently achieve the industry-set professional standard and can commence at any point once the apprentice is competent after the twelve-month minimum period of learning and development.

The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 36-42 months (not including the EPA period). The required amount of off-the-job training must be completed in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.

The functional skills English and maths components of the apprenticeship must be completed prior to the independent end assessment.

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship.


This apprenticeship will allow learners to progress within their employment, enhancing the skills and knowledge that they have gained at Level 3, or to progress to a Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Engineering, for example, Level 4 Lead Engineering Maintenance Technician.

Achievement of this apprenticeship demonstrates to an employer that the Apprentice has the necessary technical skills and knowledge needed for a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician role.

Applicants should be employed in a suitable position and hold, and have evidence of, a minimum grade 4 in English, maths and science.

As an engineering apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges:

Libraries and learning environments

Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card, allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes:

Advice and Admissions
Learning Support
Student Support
Impartial careers advisors
One-to-one support
A college nurse
Free counselling service

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