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Course Code: NRT4932Z

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships

Course overview

This apprenticeship builds on the intermediate level and further develops skills in maintaining and repairing construction plant machinery. Apprentices learn about diagnostic techniques, advanced repairs and equipment modifications, preparing them for roles as engineering technicians in construction plant maintenance.

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.

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.

Land-based Service Engineering Technician’s occupational title will be prefixed by the industry sector worked within e.g. Agricultural Engineering Technician, Construction & Plant Technician, Outdoor Power Equipment Technician, Forestry Equipment Technician or Fixed Plant and Equipment Technician. LBSE Technicians provide advanced technical support and guidance across a diverse range of simple and complex machinery and equipment relevant to the industry sector they work within.

The apprentice will typically spend between 36 - 48 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% of this time being spent in off-the-job training.

The apprenticeship will cover a broad range of topics to provide you with the knowledge and skills required including:

  • 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
  • How to work professionally and engage in continual professional development

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. However, if you do not have level 2 Maths and English qualifications, you will be expected to undertake functional skills at level 2 in these subjects during your apprenticeship.

Your progress is continually monitored throughout the course. Assessments are arranged when necessary and these take place on-the-job.

Assessments will include:

During your programme you will produce a log of progression and a presentation to evidence your apprenticeship learning journey. You will gather evidence including records of reviews with your employer and assessor which comment on your personal behaviours, strengths and weaknesses and progress made towards the apprenticeship standards.

Once you have completed your programme, met all of the pre-requisites for the EPA, including English and maths requirements, and your employer is satisfied that you are consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, you will be put through for your End Point Assessment which will take place within a 4 month period.

The EPA consists of 3 distinct elements which are to be completed in the order below:

  • Online Knowledge Test
  • Practical Tasks
  • Presentation and Professional Interview

Telephone: 01782 254287 (Newcastle office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford office)
Email: apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss with you and your employer the next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training.

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What else do I need to know?

On an apprenticeship programme you usually will work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for the employer and then have block release study at college or designated time in the workplace. Some job roles will require a DBS before starting, you will be advised at interview stage if this is required. Whilst you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary, this includes all off the job training as well.