Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies.
They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification. This requires the application of a broad range of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across a range of engineering disciplines.
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 months
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 Manufacturing Engineering (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 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing
- Engineering (Development Competence) – Toolmaker, Tool and Die 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 Assessment Elements
- Occupational Competence
- Professional Competence (EngTech)
End Point Assessment Grading