A science industry maintenance technician contributes to the fault free and safe operation of science industry plant by the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to understand and follow working practices that are specific to the safety critical science industry. They may work in varied conditions including using specialist safety equipment, shift work and on sites running 365 day operations. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of a maintenance team. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They may be part of in house maintenance teams or engineering maintenance contractor teams who work for different companies across the science industry.
Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing. In either case employers are subject to inspection by the regulator for their industry, for example, Health and Safety Executive or Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. As companies operate under highly regulated conditions a premium is placed on appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure apprentices comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements at all times.
What you will study
On this programme you will study towards one of the available pathways. Depending on your job role, you will study a variety of units in Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (or equivalent), BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and NVQ Level 3 Diploma.
The apprentice will have a depth and breadth of English and mathematics that allow them to operate successfully within their role. This may be met through entry criteria determined by the employer or qualifications and training within the apprenticeship. However, on completion all apprentices will have minimum level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics. Some employers may mandate training or qualifications at level 3 in English and/or mathematics.
Candidates must have an employer willing to support the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Most candidates will have achieved grade C or above in English and Maths and a STEM-related subject at Level 2 prior to commencement of apprenticeship.
If you do not have these, we can assess your current level of literacy/numeracy.
Higher National Certificate in Engineering or Foundation Degree in Engineering Technology.
This qualification will enable you to take on a supervisory role within the engineering industry or progress to a foundation degree.