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.
Learning on the job from experienced maintenance engineers is one of the best aspects of being an apprentice for 18-year-old Ryan Pickering.
Ryan, who has always enjoyed practical subjects, is currently on a Derby College level 3 engineering apprenticeship with food company Moy Park in Ashbourne.
He said: “It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.”
Ryan, previously a full-time electrical then engineering student at Derby College, applied for the opportunity after seeing it on the Gov.UK apprenticeships website.
He added: “I’m on day release at the Roundhouse but, sadly, because of the lockdown we’re currently unable to go into college. Our lecturers keep in touch but learning remotely just isn’t the same. It’s a shame but at least I’m still working and still learning every day. The facilities and equipment at college are great. I like the practical side and doing day release is a chance to be with other people my own age.”
Ryan, who lives in Ashbourne, said he would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at Moy Park and looks forward to completing his on-site training and going back to college when day release resumes.
It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.