Approx. duration: 36-48 months
Start Date: September
Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus
Entry requirements: Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come for an interview and assessment. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSE 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.
- Land-based Service Engineering Technician Standard
- English and Maths (if required) Level 2
- Safe Use of Abrasive Wheel Machines (Optional with additional cost)
End-point assessment: Delivered by IMI (The Institute of the Motor Industry)
Progression: Successful completion of this Apprenticeship will be accepted by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) as meeting the Engineering Councils’ requirements for Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration.
Course Summary: Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.
LBSE Technicians typically work on site utilising their own initiative in a customer facing role. They are often called upon to mentor and supervise junior colleagues and dispense advice to customers on machinery selection. Typically they are involved in all aspects of;
- Preparation, installation and handover of complex technologically advanced machinery, plant and equipment and the verification of its performance to the manufacturers specification and customers satisfaction
- Diagnosis and repair of complex faults in machinery, plant and equipment
- Conducting complex repairs of machinery, equipment, and their components which may include supervising a junior colleague to assist in aspects of the repair.
- Conducting inspections of machines and the compilation of machinery condition reports
- Compilation of repair proposals, estimates and quotations and the implementation of timely and cost effective repairs
This requires a blend of skills, knowledge and behaviours, safe working and environmental practice capabilities covering; power units, power trains, fabrication, mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic system applications. These will be used in the context of the machinery and equipment in the chosen industry sector. The technician will typically have an understanding of the interface between machine, biological systems and the working environment for example climate, soil, plant and animals.
The nature of the industry will present technical challenges ranging from simple mechanics to the diagnosis and repair of complex mechanical, electronic and telemetry systems. These operations may take place in the employer’s workplace or on the customer’s site requiring flexible working hours as dictated by seasonal requirements. Technicians may be called upon to advise customers and support work colleagues.