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Engineering Operative Level 2 Standard


Approx. duration: 12 months

Start date: September

Attendance: Day release at Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements: Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants.  Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come in and undertake an interview or assessment. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 5 GCSEs including Maths and English 9-4/A*-C or a commitment to undertake Level 2 Maths and English. Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.

On-programme learning: 

  • Certificate in Engineering Operations (knowledge) Level 2
  • Diploma in Engineering Operations (skills) Level 2
  • English and Maths (if required) to achieve Level 2

End-point assessment: Delivered by EAL

Progression: On completion of this apprenticeship, an Engineering Operative will have the opportunity to progress within the industry in a range of roles depending on their chosen pathway or progress onto a higher level apprenticeship.

Course Summary: Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

Engineering Operatives play a primary role in engineering operations critical to the prosperity of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector. This enables employers to expand their businesses while cultivating a workforce equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to bolster and sustain the sector.

Engineering Operatives will adhere to clear reporting structures outlining their roles and responsibilities. They will function alone or collaboratively within teams to execute diverse engineering operations. These tasks may encompass:

  • Ensuring the maintenance and functionality of machinery and equipment
  • Addressing breakdowns, restoring components and systems through repair or replacement
  • Operating a range of machines (CNC or Conventional)
  • Assembling and repairing machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, and other tools
  • Fabricating/installing various sheet fabrications and equipment
  • Employing metal parts joining techniques, and preparing materials and equipment for engineering processes.

Additionally, they will provide technical support as necessary, including utilizing communication software, test tools, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and e-commerce technology.

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