This apprenticeship for mechatronics maintenance technicians is designed as a three-year programme. It equips you with a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.
Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 36 – 48 months. This may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience or who is already part-qualified.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have four GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, including Mathematics, English (grade 4 or above) and a Science. Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at grade C or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
You will study:
Academic and practical learning will include:
You will cover the following units:
There will be two phases of training to ensure that apprentices meet this apprenticeship standard, in line with specified employer requirements.
The foundation phase will be intensive off-the-job training focused on developing the apprentice's core skills, knowledge and behaviour, allowing them to work effectively with supervision in a largely simulated working environment. This stage will typically require 1400 Vocational Guided Learning Hours, building up from basics to more complex engineering operations and practices. The tasks will be aligned to the job role to develop a range of tailored core engineering techniques. By the end of this phase, the apprentice will therefore be able to demonstrate, under independent test conditions, that they can deploy the relevant skills and occupational behaviours.
There will be an employer endorsement as part of the final assessment of this phase to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in this standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent mechatronics technician.
Apprentices will be expected to comply with their company's standard PPE dress code. Any shortfalls in safety equipment will be addressed during the first week of the course.
Completion of this apprenticeship standard will be recognised by the relevant professional institutions as the evidence required for Engineering Technician
registration (EngTech) through a professional review.
For those deemed capable and ready, further career development and progression opportunities could be considered, such as Mechatronic Maintenance Engineering or higher levels of education and training.
Derby College Group engineering apprentice Luby Sisson is happy to be part of the maintenance team at Ashbourne-based Moy Park.
Luby from Swanwick, started work at the food company on her 19th birthday in November and is loving every aspect of the job.
Inspired by her grandad, also an engineer, Luby has been interested in pursuing an engineering career since childhood.
She studied the basics at school before going on to gain level 3 qualifications in electrical and mechanical principles.
She said: “When I was a child, I’d take my toys apart just so that I could put them back together again. There are photos of me when I was little with my grandad’s toolbox and all the tools spread out around me!”
But, despite her obvious interest in the sector and holding the right qualifications, Luby initially struggled to get an engineering apprenticeship.
She said: “I’d heard that companies were keen to take on women engineers, but I found that being female appeared to go against me with some employers. It’s not like that at Moy Park.”
Luby’s job involves making sure machines on Moy Park’s huge site are well maintained and in good working order.
She added: “There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.
“Engineering offers so many different career paths and I would like to see other girls get into engineering too.”
There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.