A science industry maintenance technician contributes to the fault free and safe operation of science industry plant by the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They may be part of in house maintenance teams or engineering maintenance contractor teams who work for different companies across the science industry.Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 minimum or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.
36 – 48 month
Qualifications and Studies
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced ManufacturingEngineering (Foundation Competence)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
End Point Assessment
When an Employer believes an apprentice is ready for this stage, the apprentice is put forward for the end point assessment. This includes:
End Point Assessments Elements
- Observation of Practical Work
- Technical interview
End Point Assessment Grading