Automation and Controls Engineering Technician – Level 4

in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Automation and Controls Engineering Technician – Level 4


Up to 48 months (depending on prior Qualifications) – not including End Point Assessment

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley

Delivery Partners
Dudley College

Delivery Model
  • Day release
  • Block release options available
  • Evenings only


Entry Requirements

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:

  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Operations Engineering
Occupational Profile

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 automation systems.

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.

Training and Development Summary

We provide a range of mandatory and optional units to tailor the qualification to the work environment of the apprentice.

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

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.

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