Up to 48 months (depending on prior Qualifications) – not including End Point Assessment
• Day release
Candidates will typically have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science. Also a Technical engineering qualification covering at least one of the following areas:
Where the role is based inside a manufacturing (discrete or process), logistics or utilities environments, a fully competent
Automation & Control Engineering Technician will be able to install, maintain, fault find and optimise hardware and software for
Where the role is based in a service provider, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or approved solutions provider in large or SME
(Small to Medium Enterprise) companies, the Automation & Control Engineering Technician will be the interface between the vendor and it’s customer and will be able to competently provide high quality, engineering services such as installation, commissioning, fault
finding (the activity of testing an installation prior to handover) and support.
For both iterations of this role, this would involve the above duties across a range of hardware such as on Programmable Logic
Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), robots and Industrial Networks (e.g. PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, PROFINET, ModBus).
Use of physical tools, software tools and instruments (e.g. multi-meter), are fundamental to carrying out tasks associated
with building (e.g. control panels), installing (e.g. site cabling) and maintaining of automation systems.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the ordering, coordination of services, working to established operating
procedures for resources such as equipment and software to ensure functionality of automation systems are maintained. In a large company, they would generally report to an engineering manager whereas they may have greater responsibility and autonomy in an SME. Individuals in service provision would certainly find themselves working in a more autonomous situation. In either situation they would be responsible for their own actions and to protect those around them with respect to health, safety and the environment.
We provide a range of mandatory and optional units to tailor the qualification to the work environment of the apprentice.
This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.