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Engineering Operative Level 2 Standard


Approx. duration: 15 months

Start date: September

Attendance: Day release at Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a                 week and have a contract of employment
  • Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan               assessment to clarify course suitability
  • Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in English                     and/or Maths if they have a GCSE grade below Grade 2 or E.                     Additionally, they should demonstrate a commitment to working               towards and completing the Level 2 exam before reaching the                   End-point assessment
  • Apprentices who have already achieved GCSE grade 2 or                           Functional Level 1 in English and/or Maths will need to                                 demonstrate a willingness to work towards and successfully                     complete the Level 2 exam prior to the End-point assessment

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


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 will have clear reporting lines with anything outside their role and responsibility. They will work individually or as part of a team to carry out a range of engineering operations which could include

  • Ensuring machines and equipment used are maintained and                       serviceable
  • Dealing with breakdowns
  • Restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by                 repair and replacement
  • Operating a variety of machines (CNC or Conventional)
  • Assembling and repairing machine and press tools, dies, jigs,                    fixtures and other tools
  • Fabrication/installation of a wide variety of other sheet fabrications           and equipment
  • Fabrication and assembly of metal parts joining techniques
  • Preparing materials and equipment for engineering processes
  • Providing technical support including communications software,               test tools, performance, capacity planning, and e-commerce                     technology as required

An Engineering Operative will meet the core requirements set out within the apprenticeship and be able to demonstrate the specialist requirements in ONE job specific role. These could be:

  • Engineering Operatives working within a maintenance role . This              role can cover either mechanical, electrical, electronic or fluid                    power work or a combination of them
  • Engineering operatives working within a mechanical manufacturing           engineering role
  • Engineering operatives working within an electrical and electronic             engineering role
  • Engineering operatives working within a fabrication role
  • Engineering operatives working within a materials, processing or               finishing role
  • Engineering operatives working within a technical support role

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