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Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Level: 3

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

42 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–Point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and is equivalent to A–Levels. Please note you will be working to A–Level standard for Maths and Science.

You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships, you could also apply for full–time study at university.

Who is it for

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting–vacancies

Did you break your toys to see how they worked?
Do you enjoy putting together components to produce a finished product?

Engineering Fitters are different to Maintanence Engineers they put together components to form complex assemblies rather than maintaining existing assemblies. An Engineering Fitter can be found in multiple manufacturing and process sectors therefore opportunities to progress your career are available across the world.

The broad purpose of an Engineering Fitter is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part using machines, equipment or systems to required specifications. These assemblies could include turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms.

This role is suitable for a candidate with a high level of attention to detail as you will need to ensure you interpret drawings/specifications to ensure you have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the assembly correctly.

Typical job roles include: Mechanical fitter, Electrical Fitter, Instrumentation Fitter, Pipe Fitter, Controls and systems Fitter.

You could be working independently or as part of a team in a workshop or at a client's premises – this may include hazardous environments.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test to assess your current skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience with their employer before to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

Individual employers will set their selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on your current skills.

This course is a hands on approach to learning so you will need to have a passion and drive for engineering as well as the ability to perform academically at A Level standard for Maths and Science.

You will also require a suitably supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer before to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs. You need to be prepared to get your hands dirty.

What is covered

On this Apprenticeship you will gain the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for the following Engineering Fitter duties:
Duty 1: Interpreting and following drawings/diagrams and/or specifications for required component or assembly
Duty 2: Planning work activity including resources, equipment and tooling
Duty 3: Producing individual components, for example keys, pipework, threading, wiring looms, interfacing parts, motors and wiring cables
Duty 4: Re–furbishing components
Duty 5: Assembling components to produce equipment, machine or system – in full or in part
Duty 6: Quality checking and adjusting components or assembly against required specification; for example testing and calibrating
Duty 7: Identifying and resolving problems with components or assembly; fault diagnosis
Duty 8: Handing over completed components or assembly, this may include storage and commissioning
Duty 9: Re–instating work area and equipment
Duty 10: Contributing to continuous improvement in component production or assembly

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 2 days a week in year 1 and 1 day a week in year 2, as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment to complete your qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently of your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard. Performance in the EPA will determine an Apprenticeship grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Throughout your Apprenticeship you will complete several assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

The EPA will take part in the final 16 weeks of the Apprenticeship and will include three distinct components:
1) Project: report including evidence and questioning
2) Multiple choice test
3) A professional discussion – supported by a portfolio of evidence

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

On successful completion of this standard, you will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships, full time learning programme or a range of further employment opportunities.

This standard has been designed to satisfy the requirements for Professional Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as define by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK–SPEC).

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase a uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check: 
As an Engineering Fitter you may be expected to do shift work in challenging environments both inside and outside. Your environment can be noisy, dirty and sometimes cold – Standard tasks for Apprentices in the first 6 months of the Apprenticeship will include filter changes and filling up oil. You could be expected to work late night and weekends to accommodate business needs. An Apprentice will work on average 37 hours a week however this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Engineering Apprentice average salary varies between £12,000 and £28,000 a year depending on skills and experience. The course is a combination of academic knowledge – you will be working to A–Level standard for Maths and Science, and vaulable hands on experience. If you are considering a pathway to university this course would be a suitable stepping stone however it would also allow you to build your understanding from the shop floor which is invaluable for many employers.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.
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